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US senator admits having affair

Senator John Ensign
John Ensign is a US senator for Nevada

US senator John Ensign, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, has admitted to an extra-marital affair with a member of his campaign staff.

Senator John Ensign, of Nevada, said in a statement to the Associated Press news agency: "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions."

An aide in Mr Ensign's office said that the affair took place between December 2007 and August 2008.

The staff member was married to an employee in Mr Ensign's Senate office.

Neither has worked for the senator since May 2008, the aide said.

The Washington Post described Mr Ensign as a rising star in the Republican Party who may be considering a 2012 presidential bid.

The aide, speaking to AP, declined to comment on Mr Ensign's political future.

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