There are two types of American vice presidential candidates; those that are carefully vetted, are knowledgeable and experienced, have some decency and moral standards, can represent the president--or even replace the president in case of an emergency--and then there was the unvetted John Edwards (D).
James Hill, Nadine Shubailat and Lauren Sher of ABC News have more on the continuing ugly Edwards' double--or more--life as they report on the official Edwards' separation. But warning--it is slimy.
"Once Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer ... within 12 hours they were openly talking about how her cancer prognosis was going to help them in the polls," Young told ABC News' Bob Woodruff in an exclusive interview.
In a statement to ABC News, Elizabeth denied the accusation, calling it "unconscionable, hurtful and patently false."
Though the cancer had spread to her bones and was incurable, the couple made the dramatic decision to stay in the 2008 presidential campaign.
"The things that were most disturbing about the Edwards to me in these later years, was that nothing was sacred. They openly talked about [their son] Wade's death as one of their motivators for running and why he ran... They used [their children] Jack and Emma openly as campaign props," Young said.
Young was the senator's right-hand man for nearly 10 years. Zealously committed to the senator and his family, he made himself indispensible to the couple both professionally and personally.
In summer 2006, Young became aware of Edwards' affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter and was ultimately entrusted by Edwards to conceal it. The affair, Young says, began in February 2006.
And to think, he came within a few percentage points of becoming our vice president. And then we would have once again been subjected to sexual tales in the White House--or Blair House in this case--while our country's main issues were neglected.
More is sure to come.