June 6th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
7 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. Obama v McCain

    T o answer the question of why hillary wont "release" her delegates...is because there are claims out there that there is an August/October surprise in the making about Sen Obama.. her hopes are that she can "appear" to campaign for him like crazy, but that when the news drops about him his flood of running scared delgates combined with what she has in her pocket will give her the nomination. She will be fooling the public again when she stands before them and claim that she has his back when in all honesty she, with the assistance of the republicans, are planning to stab him in the back.

    June 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Obama v McCain

    T o answer the question of why hillary wont "release" her delegates...is because there are claims out there that there is an August/October surprise in the making about Sen Obama.. her hopes are that she can "appear" to campaign for him like crazy, but that when the news drops about him his flood of running scared delgates combined with what she has in her pocket will give her the nomination. She will be fooling the public again when she stands before them and claim that she has his back when in all honesty she, with the assistance of the republicans, are planning to stab him in the back. Scary stuff huh?

    June 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Elitist

    Now, THIS would be the dream ticket.

    June 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. RJK

    John I don't care if you "already had the privilege"! It's not about you, it's about OUR country!

    June 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. sad day john

    What about poverty John, how are you going to fight it from your couch?

    June 6, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Crush Rush

    Attorney General is the best place for John.He can catch all the liars and start getting them ready for jail time.

    June 6, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    Barack is a Harvard educated Constitutional Scholar who gave up a lucrative career to become a community organizer and champion for the poor and disenfranchised. He served 4 yrs as Illinois Senator and 2 yrs as US Senator. He has shown proven sound judgement far ahead of his so called more 'experienced' opponents (not supporting Iraq war and no to the sham gas tax holiday.) He will make a very sound, educated decision on who his VP will be and the country will be better off because of it. I just donated to his campaign again because he kept his word about refusing the pac and lobbyist money.

    June 6, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. An Ohio Combat Vet Observation

    #########################################

    i like Edwards, he is smart, articulate and rich, but he is a loser and so is Obama.

    Obama is not only a loser but he is a quitter as well. the American poster boy for quitting when the road of controversy gets tough, he quits.

    He wants to talk with Castro but snubs our American Generals. He won't wear our American Flag or salute the flag that Americans through the years have bled for and died for. Maybe he ought to read the words of the " Star Spangled Banner" to get the drift of what the flag means.

    Don't fall for his cotton candy fluff. Check Revelations in the Bible.

    Remember:

    Prayer

    'Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

    ###################################################

    June 6, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Billy Fla

    Why would Edward want to be VP to Obama? He lost with Kerry and
    He'll loose with Obama.

    Edwards has so much to offer in the Senate and in Congress, he
    dosen't need Obama to drag him down.

    If Hillary runs as an Independant, the Dream Ticket Team would
    be CLINTON / EDWARDS

    OBAMA IS GOING TO LOOSE TO McCain and there goes our chance
    again up in smoke.

    June 6, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. vic nashville,Tn

    Good idea and smart move
    Who wants that post ?
    Only Jeremiah Wright accept that

    June 6, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. EBC

    Thanks YOU John Edwards for giving your support. We respect your right to refuse the VP position. YOU are Sir, the most gracious and most respected politician I know. You've always been a class act and the American people LOVE and RESPECT your decision.

    As hard as it is for some people to understand, the VP is NOT the most IMPORTANT thing to every one. Some people VALUE other public service MORE.

    THANK YOU JOHN EDWARDS, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR WIFE ELIZABETH!!

    June 6, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Conspiracy?

    The problem with the 2004 election is that it was clear that John Kerry did not want to win. Look at how dumb he appeared debating George W. Bush. The goal was to keep the George W. Bush as President. Do you really think that two people (John Kerry and George W. Bush) who were members of the same SECRET organization have truly differing views.

    John Kerry ran for President only so that no credible Democrat would run. Otherwise, the plan would have busted.

    The American people are smarter than that, right?

    June 6, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Brian

    Old news. He has already turned down the notion that he would be a VP.

    June 6, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Susie

    I think John Edwards would be best suited as an Attorney General. He was an effective trial attorney for many years, and can bring the kind of integrity and wit needed for Obama's administration.

    June 6, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. mel

    Kansas governor will be a better choice or Sam Nunn for secty
    of state.Lieberman is more republican than he is independent.
    He not short of his ugly way at Obama,which he was once a
    democrate.

    June 6, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. arc, Lugano CH

    John Edwards’ time will come. What he has done in combating poverty on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged is admirable. Hopefully in time, he can perhaps re-emerge as a candidate. I respect John Edwards because he is honest and he wants to win on behalf of the people; not on behalf of himself or a place in history that he feels entitled too.

    June 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Attorney General or Secretary Of Labor!

    Obama & running mate of HIS choice 08'

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Anne

    ...and you would know this because you're a Washington insider?

    Give me a break and stop being so paranoid!

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Swalker327

    Although I absolutely love Edwards, and he was my first presidential pick, I agree that he should not run with Obama - we need new blood – the american people need new blood, and that's why Hillary lost.

    OBAMA MAMA '08!!

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. ObamaSupporter

    It does not matter the choice for V.P is up to Obama. I wish the media stop spining this issue again and again. Why can't you wait until Obama anounces his choice.

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. No Obama McCain President!

    Obama does have a few known Ghost floting along

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    I really hope Mr Edwards gets to play a key roll; Attorney General would be great if that is what Mr Edwards would like.

    June 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. jp/michigan

    John Edwards would be a great Attorney General , in any ones cabinet!

    June 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Tom

    Smart man. Never get on a sinking ship.

    June 6, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Fav, Colorado

    Shame Edwards isn't the front runner!

    June 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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