June 6th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Edwards again rules out VP job

Edwards says he doesn't want to be Obama's No. 2
Edwards says he doesn't want to be Obama's No. 2

(CNN) – It may be time to take John Edwards' name off the list of potential vice presidential candidates.

The former presidential candidate, who was the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, continued to flatly maintain has no interest in the job. Traveling in Spain Friday, Edwards told two separate newspapers it’s not a role he is willing to take again. (Related: The rundown on Obama's VP possibilities)

“I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won't do it again," Edwards told El Mundo newspaper. He also made similar comments to El Pais.

The former North Carolina senator's comments are his first on VP speculation since Barack Obama officially clinched the Democratic nomination. Edwards, who ended his own bid in late January , endorsed the Illinois senator's White House bid in May, sending the political world abuzz that the two could team up on the same ticket. (WATCH: Edwards endorses Obama)

They appeared to have natural chemistry — something Edwards and then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry seemed to lack in 2004 — and the former North Carolina senator remains popular among a key demographic that has been reluctant to support Obama — working-class white voters. (WATCH: Edwards' motives for endorsement)

But Edwards immediately sought to quell rumors he was angling for the No. 2 spot, telling an interviewer shortly after his endorsement announced that it "Won't happen…. It's just not something I am interested in."

But he has been more coy about serving for Obama in other ways, specifically as his attorney general.

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Nia

    Edwards Doesn't have enought to balance out what Obama needs. Which is someone like Webb in regards to dealing with the war. Richardson has a strong foreign policy record, Hagel is a nutral repulica ho could help bring the two parties together, Biden, is a rough rider, he'll have Obama's back like a true VP Edwards would be good in other areas within Obam's cabinet

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Laurie

    I don't believe Sen. Clinton has layed all her cards on the table and this is very critical to the success of the Democratic party winning the Presidency. Sen. Obama appears to be the best person to lead the country. There is a lot of speculation over this but I believe If he becomes the next President he would restore the credibilty of our nation to the world.
    Democrats need to stop the bickering and move on..... there is an election at stake.

    June 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Marc

    Face it. Neither Edwards, Biden, Dodd, Kerry and especially Clinton actually want the VP slot.

    Who wants to be second fiddle to a second place General Election Campaign this Fall?

    June 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    I hope John Edwards becomes our next Attorney General and that he can straighten out things in the Department of Justice. He's great!

    June 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. The real Anderson!

    He also said he wasn't going to endorse anyone..

    June 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Rick FL

    Edwards would make a great attorney general.

    Dem '08

    June 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. j williamson

    Been there, done that!

    June 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Nev

    I absolutely support Edwards for Attorney General if Obama takes the presidency. He's honorable, committed, and potentially a very good cure for years of Ashcroft's and Gonzales' immorality and expediency.

    And to some of the rest of the commenters, please, please, please, let's try to act like we're a civilized country, and cut the name-calling out. This is a public forum and the vituperativeness doesn't advance anything, no matter who wins.

    June 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. GL

    Good. He would make a better Attorney General. Maybe then we would see gas prices come down, credit card companies not able to charge 30% interest, insurance companies stop evaluating premium prices based on credit scores instead of actual risk, and war profiteers like haliburton put in jail where they belong.

    Time to help the American people Mr. Edwards- Get to work.

    June 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Veronica,nj

    ok frank vote por mccain....IS YOUR LOST!!

    June 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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