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. Christopher Morgan

    Obama, his supporters, the DNC, the party elite, and the mainstream media have conspired to marginalize the millions of Democrats who have voted for Hillary, and they will now be using every trick in the book to "bring the party together" to further their ruthless ambitions. They will want you to forget all about the months of biased press, the biased party elite, the insults, the sexist remarks, and the race-cards. They will want you to forget that the Democratic Party now is the party that stands for disenfranchisement of the voters and the rationalization of racism. They will use any method to persuade you to vote for the man who they have preordained as the Democratic nominee. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    June 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Elizabeth

    I have always liked Barack Obama's "presidential demeanor" and his sincerity. I do think he will think very seriously about a VP – one who has some of his characteristics.

    Of course, IF he chooses Hillary Clinton, I (a 77-year-old white woman) will not vote for anyone in November. I am certain many thousands will follow me. My main concern is my eight grandchildren. I do not want them to have to deal with "old trash" in the White House.

    June 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Senility Creeps

    I would love Edwards at AG.

    June 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Hillary Fan in NW

    thank god!

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Setemup

    What is all this positive campaigning about anyway? Thats sooo nieve Mr. Obama. Can't you stop being so hopeful and looking for all these peaceful loopholes to jump through. Its insane to even entertain the thought that anything might be resolved without a war! I don't care if France hates us. Who is France anyway. We saved them in WWII. You're constant calm in the face of adversity is very sexist and will result in major loss of US casualties and the war you will not prematurely start with nations around the world. STOP THE INSANITY

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Tea Party

    Puh-leeze. Edwards is nothing more than a life-support system for a hairstyle.

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Lindsay

    Edwards for Attorney General!

    June 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. dfd@fd.com

    Michele Obama/Pastor Wright '08

    June 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Think about what Obama has thus far overcome…..

    He has over come the demands of old politics with the promise of the new,
    He has used today’s present to overcome yesterday with the promise of tomorrow,
    His youth over experience,
    The issue of black and white
    For now, take a moment to consider the mind-bending improbability of what just happened.

    At the moment, to tell the truth, I don't care. Whether Obama wins or loses, history has been made this year. Maybe there's more to come, maybe not; but already - it's safe to say that this nation will never be the same.

    June 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Former Hillary supporter

    Obama/ Webb 08

    June 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. James in CO

    The economy is tanking worse by the minute and you would really still vote Republican? Oh yea there are so many other things going right with the country. Just when you think some people in this country can't get any more ignorant.

    June 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Karen, MD

    As long as it isn't Hillary Clinton, I don't care who gets the second spot on the ticket.

    And to those who still talk about writing Hillary's name in, check your state rules. Most states don't even count write-in votes in a presidential general election.

    June 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. YES WE CAN! YES WE WILL

    That is fine Obama does not need Edwards as VP there are plenty others that are better suited. HILLARY IS NOT THE ONE EITHER!

    WE DO NOT WANT HILLARY CLINTON AS VP!

    OBAMA / ANYBODY BUT HILLARY!

    June 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Chris in CA

    I think John Edwards be an excellent choice for Attorney General.

    June 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Kurt C.

    He doesn't want to join a loser ticket. A naive initiate and a bloodsucking lawyer.

    I'm sure everyone would want to vote for them.

    June 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Politics

    Sen Edwards will need to justify the statement that Obama was harping all along about Hillary's Iraq War judgement.
    Edward had also voted YES for Iraq War, and this questions his ability to make good "judgement". Backfired.

    June 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Jeff

    I would LOVE to see Edwards as AG. It would be a welcome change to have an Attorney General who upholds the law!

    June 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Rodney

    Hillary is just like the Tracy Flick character, played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie Election. She'll do and say anything to get elected.

    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. rick

    Dear Ashamed:

    all of us Obama supporters welcome you with open arms :)

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. buckeye in GA

    Leena : And why is Obama saying "Everybody needs to settle down"? It sounds arrogant and rude and he can't afford that.
    ==================================
    My goodness. You think *that* was arrogant and rude? What's arrogant and rude is having other people try to make an important decision for you. All Obama was asking for is some breathing room, not just for himself, but for Sen. Clinton as well. I mean, how would you feel if relative strangers were "suggesting" who you should marry? That's an important personal decision, right?

    Back to the article at hand – this is nothing new, we already knew Edwards wasn't interested in the VP position. There are plenty of places where he can put his skills & experience to use in the Cabinet, though. I wish him luck in whatever he decides to do.

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. ezekiel

    Ohio Combat Vet Said:
    "Don't fall for his cotton candy fluff. Check Revelations in the Bible."
    -----–

    That's impossible, since there is no book in the Bible called "RevelationS" with an "s." That's what drives so many to interpret it incorrectly.

    It's the REVELATION of Jesus Christ (SINGULAR) to John. It's a book about Jesus and what He's done, not a list of predictions or "revalationS."

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Bryon

    Thats Republicans and some(not all) Hillary supporters. Gas will be $5/gallon, unemployment at 7%+ and they will be complaining about flag pins and pastors. Or that it was just a scheme for HRC to not be a candidate.

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. BARB

    YEA!!! NOW ONE LESS PERSON WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT....I WILL BE SO HAPPY WHEN NOVEMBER COMES AND McCAIN IS OUR NEXT PRESIDENT, ALONG WITH A GOOD BUSINESS MAN OR WOMAN AS V.P.

    TOO BAD CNN IS SOOO LIBERAL AND ALL COMMENTATORS DISPLAY THIS TO THEIR AUDIENCE.

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT NEWSCASTERS WERE TO REPORT THE
    N E W S, NOT THEIR OWN THOUGHTS!!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. JLB

    Edwards has had his eye on the Attorney General spot.......too bad that the position is not available.

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. JLB

    But I do think that Clinton should be placed on the Supreme Court........let her make Scalia, Thomas and Roberts life miserable.

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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