April 4th, 2008
06:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Edwards: 'No' to another VP run

 Edwards said Sunday he's in it for the long haul.

Edwards said Sunday he's in it for the long haul.

(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.”

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April 4th, 2008
06:04 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 4, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Clinton Aide Met on Trade Deal
Hillary Clinton's chief campaign strategist met with Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday to discuss a bilateral free-trade agreement, a pact the presidential candidate opposes.

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: Certain Defeat Doesn't Deter Ron Paul Or His Backers
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fought back against calls to drop out of the presidential race by comparing herself to Rocky Balboa. Ask Rep. Ron Paul, who keeps running for the Republican nod, what fictional figure he is like and he can't come up with an answer.

Washington Post: Clinton Camp Feels Spent, and Outspent
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a second straight day holding fundraisers in California yesterday as part of an all-out effort to keep pace with the record amounts of money raised by Sen. Barack Obama, whose campaign announced that it pulled in $40 million in March, double Clinton's $20 million take.

Boston Globe: McCain Returns $3m In Checks As He Considers Public Funding
In another sign that John McCain is moving toward accepting public financing this fall, the Republican's campaign is returning about $3 million in checks to contributors who have given money for his general election campaign, funds he could not use if he opts into the public system.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
April 4th, 2008
06:02 AM ET
10 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday, April 4, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau

*Hillary Clinton visits Memphis, Tennessee to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and addresses the North Dakota State Democratic Convention in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

*John McCain visits the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. While there he gives remarks to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, holds a media availability and participates in the laying of the wreath ceremony.

*Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and address the North Dakota State Democratic Convention in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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