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. Susan J

    Look, Obama never even asked Reed to be his running mate, so who cares!? The fact is Obama and McCain have not selected running mates yet. I'm sure there would be many more Republicans that would turn John McCain down if he asked them to be his V.P- There's no doubt about that.

    July 14, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. bk

    Nobody wants to run with a loser. I hope Hillary says no too! What happened to Obama saying he will debate McCain any place any where? Obama all talk! He is afraid to debate. The change man is about changing his mind daily.

    July 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. brian

    I think he should pick Michelle Obama as his running mate.

    July 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Dem for McCain

    No one wants to run with him, do they?

    July 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Gemini66

    Have the Obama campaign official asked him ????and really was he a supporter or another senator wanting his name in the news???

    July 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. IL

    Obama/Sebelius-08 &12. Repubs better get ready!!!!

    July 14, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Matt, Minneapolis, MN

    How about instead of talking about what might be talk about what should be...Like the debates Obama isn't agreeing to. He agreed to do them with McCain, and the American people and broke his promise. He agreed to Public financing, not the fake version he's subscribed to but the real version, and broke his promise. Stop pressing Obama on the real issues like FISA, his illogical Iraq plan, his overly expensive healthcare plan, his unrealistic tax plan that will hurt the economy, and his plan to make anonymous union ballots a thing of the past. Press him on the facts instead of the fluff, and Ask him real questions instead of what he's doing for lunch. I'm sick of the media's overt bias, and it's unwillingness to challenge obama on his fudged facts and failed policies. All he's doing is rehashing old policies and the same deomcrat's policies, politics, and partisianship, not the change he pledges.

    Change without substance is just Status quo.....NO TO O.

    July 14, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Caroline

    I'm not a fan of Obama, but I think I'm going to have to vote for him. Wish we had a better chouse. Not sure who this guy is.

    July 14, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Mike Florida

    All of these potential VP's know it's not in the cards for them. They may have been offered up by the media, but not a serious consideration. Obama is not going to let the media pick his VP. There is to much at stake. Unlike McSame who gliding thought this campain allowing the repubs to tell him what to say and who to pick.

    OBAMA 08

    July 14, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Wood

    Endless speculation... you PUMAs are all salivating, hoping for a Hill run at the top office. You fail to realize that she lost in Feb., and could not win it tomorrow if she was the lone nominee..

    Give it up folks.. Obama wasn't interested in Reed, and has never officially stated interest in Webb or anyone else...

    July 14, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. RIP New Yorker

    Rest in Peace, New Yorker.

    July 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. K of TX

    Who cares about all of this VP speculation? I mean, it really comes down to the person that has soon-to-be Pres. Obama's confidence that they would govern the country in a way befitting of the tone set by his presidency. People should vote for the Presidential candidate, not the VP choice

    July 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. AB

    I think Sen. Obama could pick Marvin the Martian and still win.

    July 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. paul

    It does seem if Obama is a sure win these people be fools not to join him at the white house. But its a telling story that they just dont think he can beat McCain. Maybe there is more things about Obama that is going to come out very soon and end his chances.

    July 14, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Voter

    Did anyone really believe a Democratic presidential candidate would actually choose a Republican running mate?

    Well, they say there's one born every minute.

    Speaking of which, stop trying to convince us that you all were so shocked and offended by the New Yorker cover. BO better grow up and stop whining and sending his surrogates out there to do it for him.

    I don't want to spend the next 4 years tiptoeing around waiting for the race police to accuse me of saying the wrong thing. You can have Obama and this racist tactic of attempting to shame white people into voting for him. My relatives didn't even get to the US until well into the 20th century – sorry, the "your family probably owned slaves" argument doesn't work on me.

    Give it a rest or get out of the race.

    July 14, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. kiki

    Another one that does not want to be part of a losing ticket.

    July 14, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. Dean

    The Late New Yorker magazine was trash.

    July 14, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. Tell the truth

    I could be Obama run mate and we would win.

    July 14, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. It Speaks For Itself

    Can you blame these "SMART" senators for not wanting to be on the same ticket as King Hussein Obama?

    Besides, we should take heed to the fact that senators are closer to Obama since they work directly with him. If they don't want to be a part of his presidency then that should be a wake up call for America.

    July 14, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. Karen NH

    I had to laugh out loud at the below post. Obama, honest? "I never heard Wright say those things? 2 hours later "I heard them but I disagree."

    Hmmm...the only honest thing there is that he is admitting to being a liar.

    Dr.No July 14th, 2008 5:10 pm ET

    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 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Donna

    Because Obama is being exposed as a man without substance and I do hope that Hillary Clinton will decline as well , if asked.

    July 14, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. Adam

    If those of you calling Obama a flip-flopper are voting for McCain, you are the biggest group of hypocrites around. McCain has flip-flopped on so many issues its mind boggling. Need I remind you about the Bush tax cuts, off shore drilling, etc. I just find it mind boggling that the media continues to focus on Obama flip-flopping (acutally only on FISA) when in reality McCain has changed all of his beliefs to try and appease the right. The coverage of this campaign is hilarious.

    July 14, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. Sarah

    Here is my problem with Obama supporters:
    They take a legitimate compaint about Obama, and delude themselves into believing that it is Obama's opponent who has the "negative" trait.

    Obama said that he exhibited sound judgement. Yet, he is the only candidate (except for Hillary saying she regretted the Iraq vote) who has repeatedly said, that was a mistake or I won't do that again, or that was a boneheaded decision.
    Mistake after mistake.
    If he can't even make a good decision concerning his own family (church, interview) how in the world is he supposed to make sound decisions that affect millions of families.

    July 14, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  24. Joey

    They don't want the job because they are not sure Barack Hussein Obama will win. They don't want to hpo for nothing.

    July 14, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Miguel

    Why is John McFlipFlop not being pressured to reveal his VP? Double Standard?

    The more news I hear, the more I'm convinced McFlipFlop is worst than the typical politician. From using the age card to his benefits so that when he forgets something it's only because of his age, yeah right. With all the lies from whom he said about being for immigration reform at La Raza convention, to having one of his sons serve in Iraq just to give McCain war credibility, just makes it more convincing that he is willing to do ANYTHING to get into the oval office.

    July 14, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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