(CNN) – If Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton come calling about the #2 spot on the Democratic ticket, former presidential candidate John Edwards just may let the phone ring this time.
Edwards took the role as John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. But asked Thursday if he would accept his party’s vice presidential nomination if offered this year, Edwards answered firmly, “no.”
His comment came in a question and answer session with former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson after they addressed the CTIA Wireless 2008 convention in Las Vegas. Edwards’ response was posted on the convention’s Web site.
His demeanor and face never changed as some in the audience laughed at his blunt response. An Edwards spokesman told CNN he could not elaborate on the answer.
Thompson, asked what his answer would be, said, “well, the same. It’s presumptuous to answer the question you have not been asked by the only person who counts.”
Edwards also declined to say if he would endorse Obama or Clinton. Thompson joked he would say who he was voting for if Edwards revealed his choice. He responded, “the only thing I know for sure is we’re not voting for the same guy.” After a long pause, he added, “or woman.”
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
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