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VIDEO: Edwards' Ex-Aide Thinks It's A Shame People Focused On Sex Tape

Feb. 1 2010, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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John Edwards’ former aide Andrew Young said he thinks it’s a shame people are focusing on the alleged sex tape starring Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. Appearing live on Good Morning America on Monday, Young claimed the bigger issue at hand is the conduct of a "viable presidential candidate" behaving as Edwards did on the brink of an election year.

"I think it’s a shame people are focusing on this," he said. "But I couldn't have told this story without including the sex tape."

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Young said he was "genuinely surprised" that Edwards has been in the limelight recently, revealing his paternity to Hunter's child, and building homes in Haiti just as the book was set to hit shelves.

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Young -- who claims that he found the videotape in July 2008, while rummaging through a pile of garbage at a Raleigh, North Carolina house Hunter once lived in -- said he was, again, "genuinely surprised" that Hunter sent authorities to his North Carolina home to retrieve it last week after she won a temporary restraining order over the alleged homemade sex film.

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When host George Stephanopoulos asked him why he hadn't turned the tape over, Young said he couldn't comment and that he would "have his lawyers handle that."

"I'm not sure that anything she's asking for is hers," he said.

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Young's tell-all book about the Edwards sex scandal, The Politician, is in stores now.

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