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 Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has finally come forward to admit that he fathered a child with a videographer he hired before his second White House bid. ‘It was wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter,’ he said Thursday.

Edwards confirmed this in a statement released to The Associated Press, after initially denying that he’d fathered a child during an affair with campaign aide Rielle Hunter.

‘I am Quinn’s father,’ the former senator declared in his statement, as the second birthday of Frances Quinn Hunter approaches.

A former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, initially claimed paternity of the child shortly before the 2008 presidential primary contests began. Young is scheduled to release a book on Feb. 2 that details the scandal.

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