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. Indep-Cuban-American-woman-Obamavoter

    What's with the PATRIOTIC-POLICE? WHO APPOINTED THESE PEOPLE TO JUDGE OTHERS PATRIOTISM ON WHETHER THEY WEAR A FLAG PIN OR NOT?! ARE WE BACK IN NAZI GERMANY?

    Patriotism is a matter of heart, we are not to judge! This is scary! WE HAPPEN TO LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY...... AND YOU "FLAG PIN" PEOPLE DISRESPECT OUR FREEDOM THAT HAS BEEN FOUGHT FOR WITH THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS WHEN YOU JUDGE ANOTHER AMERICAN'S PATRIOTISM OR QUESTION IT! SHAME ON YOU!

    This is what the Republicans and George W., have managed to do to our nation......... make us question one another's patriotism! DISGUSTING.... AND I BET YOU CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIAN...... WELL, PLEASE SPEND SOME TIME READING THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW...... JESUS SAYS "DO NOT JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED!"

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Michele, Oregon

    I have always respected John Edwards and think he is a good, caring man. What he lacked in the presidential campaign was the ability to project a full-bodied message/vision and so did not connect on the grander political scale. This is not a deficiency of character though and I would be thrilled to see him in a position in the progressive Obama cabinet.

    Thank you Mr. Edwards for being more selfless than probably any of the other candidates, but especially for putting the sin of poverty on the national radar screen. Thank you for endorsing our next president.

    United for the common good. Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. CW4Barak

    The choice will be Pres. Obama's to make....so you all just chill and wait until the leaders speaks! There is a great article about McBush on the Huntington post by Seth Grahame-Smith.

    Obama '08!

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. fairandstraight

    Obama is not asking these people to be his runningmate, it's the media.

    What is all this about white people going on now. Obama does not hate white people, his mother was white. It does not matter who said what as long as Obama himself did not say it. So keep your tapes and everything else. The republicans must hate all people the way people are struggling now.

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Wisconsin Voter

    To An Ohio Combat Vet Observation – "He won't salute our flag or wear a flag pin." This is an outright lie!

    Who said or made the rule that you have to place your hand over your heart when the Star Spangled Banner is sung? Isn't this the protocol used for the Pledge of Allegiance? Who made the rule that the flag pin is anything other than lapel jewelry? It's a free country. No one can dictate what another person should wear on their lapel.

    Mr. Combat Vet, if this is all you are smart enough to complain about, maybe you should be checked for post traumatic stress syndome. Now get to the REAL issues that Americans are facing. Not some stupidity about salutes and jewelry.

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Monte - Ex Democrat

    Herman in LA – Have Michelle Obama make a statement prior to the release of her tape? Then what, Obama can make another one of his false statements like he has with Wright and the others – "that's not the Michelle I've known for 20 years". It won't work. He is gonna lose!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. John

    From the way Billy Bob and other Hilarious (and McPain) supporters spell, what would be best is if Obama picks a good Secretary of Education to help you and your kin.

    Knowledge is power.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Dr. M. Badruddoja

    Correction in my Comment:
    "I FEEL THAT BEST RUNNING MATE FOR OBAMA WILL BE "

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Dirk

    I agree with Edwards, I do not think he would be the best choice for VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Maybe Hillary will take the hint.

    Edwards would be a great Attorney General. His integrity might be a challenge for those who have been there under Bush.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Vig

    Instead of asking what does Hillary want, what the heck does John Edwards want? He wants something.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WITH 1 MILLION HOMES IN FORECLOSURE AND CLIMBING ALONG WITH ENORMOUS JOB LOSS AND RISING FOOD AND FUEL COST, I HOPE ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY IF OBAMA DOESN'T PICK HILLARY THEN I'LL VOTE MCCAIN. YOU WILL NOT ONLY LOSE THE WHITE HOUSE BUT YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOUSE AND JOB. WE ARE A FAMILY OF THREE WITH ONE INCOME OF OVER $100,000/YEAR AND LIVE VERY MODESTLY AND YESTERDAY WE WERE POSSIBLY LOOKING AT LOSING THAT INCOME DUE TO RISING FUEL COST. I WAS TERRIFIED. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR MORE OF THE SAME.

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Rj

    I think joining Hillary as VP to Obama's Presidency is Great for the Country and the Democratic Party. It will solidify the Democratic Party. Their platforms are basically the same and it will be good for our Country to have them both to lead our Country back to its feet. This is also a "History in the Making"...
    I will be very proud to tell my granchildren that i have lived in the days when the first African-American and an American-Woman were given this noble responsibilities of leading our Country as President and Vice President.

    Obama/Hillary '08

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Hey Barb. I like your idea about McCain naming one of his good friends from the business community as VP. Maybe the former CEO of Enron, or Bear Stearns. I think they are available. Wolfowitz would be a good choice too. He had such a good record at the World Bank. Then again, maybe Rupert Murdock - oh yeah - not American.

    How's about that good Republican Ed McMahon! McCain-McMahon! The double Mac attack! I like it.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Jackie

    IF NOT HILLARY, MCCAIN HAS MY VOTE.

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. INNORTHCAROLINA

    Most of the comments i've read are thoughtless. It takes very little brains to insult someone. This is the reason why change needs to happen NOW. We cannot afford to keep thinking in the mindset of the past. The United States of America has spoken and Obama is the nominee, like it or not. Take a look around you....things are changing whether you like it or not. When are we going to work together, think together love one another together. I would not bet the ranch on any canidate who shows any resemblence to any one president of the past. We need change NOW, let it go people you have no other choice at this point its a new beginning like it or not. AMERICA HAS SPOKEN.....NOW!

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Rod

    Hillary is emotionally unstable and narcissistic, she could not tolerate be defeated. It's all abuto her ego, me,me,me, and me !

    And she still don't get it., like many Americans.

    Obama means change, to get rid off the old style of politics.

    Can you imagine her under stress? She would press the red button !

    Obama-C.Kennedy '08

    June 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Old saying; "If you want something, tell them you don't want it." Let's see if Edwards turns down the opportunity to be Obama's VP......it will either disprove or aprove the old saying.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. christina

    What a pity. I'd think he'd do a great job!

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Rj

    People who are opposing this Dream Ticket are GOP scalawags and most of them are racists. These people are planning to stage an attack for Barrack Obama Presidency. Everything has been planned to destroy his image and will use race card against him but if Clinton is with him in the Ticket they will need to change their plans. They included Senator Clinton remarks and others to their plans.

    These are GOP's dirty tactics to win in November!

    We call on all democrats to join together and push for this "Dream Ticket" to win back the White House from the GOP.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Rachel

    His wife probably told him heck no don't do it. Elizabeth is in hillary's corner.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Bill

    Four years ago he could not even carry his own state! It may be he dropped out of the race way early this year because he also knew he could not win even the primary in his home state. But, with that being said, someone find him a job in Washington. He does nothing for us in North Carolina anyhow. Wait a minute, I stand corrected. He does pay a lot of real estate taxes on his five million dollar home.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Tami

    Obama/Edwards would be a dream ticket. I was sad when he dropped out of the race. What most people tend to forget is that his beautiful wife Elizabeth is fighting cancer and he needs to be in a position where he can run to her at a moments notice. Now here is a man that has morals and values.

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Ellin

    Hillary has to be VP or Obama is not going to get to the White Huse.

    Then we can have four more years of Bush just as the pundits
    appear to want.

    They will have no one but themselves to thank.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Debby

    Edwards is weak politically after Kerry lost and thats why he didn't do good in the Pres. election. I don't want a dream ticket because if Obama loses I don't want it to reflect Hillary's chance's of running again.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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