July 15th, 2008
08:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Reed says 'not interested' in VP role

Jack Reed says he doesn't want to be VP.

Jack Reed says he doesn't want to be VP.

(CNN) - He's making a high-profile trip to Iraq later this month with Barack Obama, but Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed says he has no desire to be the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's running mate.

Earlier: Fueling VP speculation, Obama heading to Iraq with Hagel, Reed

Reed, a graduate of West Point has been mentioned as a possible VP candidate given his foreign policy credentials and bipartisan respect on Capitol Hill, told the Associated Press Monday being Obama's running mate is a "position which I have no interest in."

Reed, a two-term senator who is currently in a relatively easy race for re-election, also said the Obama campaign has not asked him for any official documentation pertaining to its VP search process. It has been reported that the Illinois senator's campaign has officially approached at least two candidates so far - Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd.

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"There are people that are spending a lot of time, one, looking for candidates, and trying to promote themselves as candidates," Reed also said. "And I'm in neither category."

Reed is little-known beyond his home state, though proponents trump his working-class upbringing, heroic stint in Vietnam, and longtime tenure on the powerful Armed Services Committee as reasons why he could be a valuable asset on the Democratic presidential ticket. On the other hand the Rhode Island senator has a low-key speaking style, comes from a region that is already firmly Democratic, and likely wouldn't embrace the attack-dog role usually required of presidential running mates.

Still, Reed's name received new buzz late last week after it was reported he, along with Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, would accompany Obama on an upcoming trip to Iraq. Hagel, an opponent of the Iraq war who has become increasingly critical of his own party, has said he would be open to serving as Obama's VP.

soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Griff

    They are all distancing themselves from this Joker Obama..
    What is the difference between Borack Obama, and John McCain..
    err, err, err. Well I can't think of one just now... What a Plug!!!!

    Except for the honest answer... McCain, makes 10 of 'O' bama.....

    July 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Hmm and the field narrows down more.

    July 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. jeromo

    Is his head Photoshopped on to the suit? It sure looks that way.

    July 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    Aaagh!! I'm getting so tired of VP speculation. If you don't KNOW anything, CNN, then how is it NEWS?

    July 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. DJ, LA, CA

    Weird photo. He looks too scary to run for VP.

    July 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Jeff Long

    Yes!!!! Another one bites the dust!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Barbara

    I looked up his record; sounds vry promising to me, including how he handled the response to this question. Hope they get to know each other on the trip; looking forward to seeing how things progress.

    July 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Alice - NYC

    At this rate, even Hillary will probably say NO if asked.

    July 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Lesley

    It looks like the Dems are pushing Obama to take Hillary on after all.

    July 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Beth - Fl

    Maybe the editor for NewYorker magazine is interested in VP!

    July 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Another one marked off the list. How many now? I lost track. Does that mean they see a losing team. One person I know that would not turned it down is Richardson. If he wants my vote, it needs to be Hillary as VP. She might not want it either.

    July 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. WB, PSL

    No Republicans, they're just throwing you guys off. Whether it's Hagel, Reed, Edwards, Clinton ect. Republicans are toss this election. This will be a landslide election, one where Republicans will be loosing their seats in almost all states. GEAR UP REPUBLICANS, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HERE TO STAY!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. aware

    Right! Don't join a loser! 🙂

    July 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Eric in Atlanta

    WOW! It does appear that many on the so called "short list" of VP's are distancing themselves from Obama. It's going to very interesting now to see who he chooses.

    July 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Everybody that supports Obama does not want to be his VP.
    Shame on you CNN. The right VP will be revealed soon.
    And it will not be Hillary Clinton.

    July 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Dr.No

    he hasn't been asked .anyone would be glad to serve on honest obama's ticket.president obama will make his choice when he's ready.

    July 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Jose Card - Independent

    Senator Jack Reed should consider running for president some day when he wants to.

    July 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Dr.No

    jeromo-i think you're right!lmao!

    July 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Caycee

    Maybe the Democrats who keep backing up are trying to tell Obama something and that is "You're stuck with Hillary".

    July 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Griff, get a bloody life

    July 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. KE

    It doesn’t really matter who is going to be Obama’s running mate. Sen. Obama needs to make it to the convention floor first.

    I have bad feeling about this stadium thing in Denver. This field day is definitely planed for Obama by the Obama campaign and cannot be trusted. This must be their plan, so let them fill up the place and have their field day. The American people have spoken already, and the delegates should still have the final say in Denver and then the voters will have their final say in November.

    The Democratic Party and the Obama campaign has taught us this year one thing. We found out some of us are more Republican than Democrat.

    July 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Montana is Obama Country

    Barack Obama will make his decision and all others will say they are not interested so maybe the media will leave them alone. Makes sense for the next Commander in Chief to keep his top decision-making in wraps...

    Nobody gets to know and the rest is media SPECULATION...

    Yes...>WE<...Can... Obama 2008, 2012

    July 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. JIM...TX

    Can't say people are lining up knee deep to sign on with McBush now can we??? They both should name somebody so the fighting can really begin:)

    July 14, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Phil-Little Rock

    All you Hillary supporters who are throwing your vote to McSame are traitors. BITTER traitors. At least Obama doesn't have the baggage that HillBillary have, and I for one can't wait until Obama is President, so you can all bite it!!

    OBAMA 08/12

    July 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    Another person from the VP list trying to avoid the November train wreck!

    July 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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