Kerry says Edwards is not 'the same person I campaigned with'

A source close to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) says the 2004 presidential candidate has privately commented that his former Senate colleague and running mate, John Edwards (D-N.C.) "isn't the person I campaigned with back then."

Kerry's comment was made in the wake of new revelations about the dissolution of Edwards's marriage, largely the result of his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, which produced a child, Frances Quinn Hunter, who is nearly two years old.

Earlier this month, Edwards admitted to having fathered the child, after years of public denials.

Speaking to ABC News, the Kerry source said the senator phoned Edwards's estranged wife, Elizabeth, a few days ago, and that his "focus" and "sympathy" are directed toward her.

Speaking through her sister, Elizabeth Edwards revealed this week that she and her husband are formally separated after 32 years of marriage.

The increased media attention comes on the heels of two political memoirs that paint the Edwards's marriage in an unflattering light.

H/T: Emily Goodin