John Edwards Wanted to be Obama's AG

The co-author of the headline-grabbing, tell-all book on the 2008 presidential campaign "Game Change" viewed John Edwards as a "delusional" figure for thinking he could become Barack Obama's attorney general amid speculation that he had an affair and fathered a child out of wedlock.

In an interview just prior to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Edwards planned to admit having an affair with his campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, but deny paternity of the child, Frances Quinn Hunter, who was born Feb. 27, 2008, in order to salvage his chances of earning a cabinet post.

"There's nothing more delusional than the notion that John Edwards would somehow end up being the Attorney General of the United States," John Heilemann told CBS' "The Early Show" Friday. (watch the interview at left)

Edwards admitted Thursday to fathering a child out of wedlock with Hunter.

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Reasons for Edwards' confession Thursday, Heilemann says, stem mostly from a book soon-to-be released by his former aide Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity of the child, as well as a child support lawsuit filed by Hunter that is soon to reach court.

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Web Extra: A Terrifying VP
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