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.

Election Center: Check out who's on the VP short lists

"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. LEF in Virginia

    (For MBD): actually, individuals may contribute up to $2,300 each toward the primary, and ut to an additional $2,300 for the general election.

    July 15, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. LEF in Virginia

    (sorry, up)

    July 15, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Thomas. Illinois

    To all the people out there who think that these V.P. candates are running away from Obama, have it all wrong...These candidates have already been released. These are the candidates that go throught the vetting process and are not chosen...The comment they use, is: I"m not intrested in V.P.

    July 15, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    One Republican 'saying' he is not interested, they all say that, on the same day another Republican, Schwarzenegger says he would be interested in joining the Obama team. Kind of a 'saw off' news day.
    Name one Democrat that can even be 'talked about' for McCain?
    Gadzooks Americans, Bush, on a 3rd term, would make a better President than McCain.
    Name the Republicans who have 'publicly' stated they are interested in being on John's ticket!?
    I wonder about McCain's supporters strategy of always saying 'Obama is just another crummy politician like McCain"!?
    Obama is the least worst of the remaining candidates!

    July 15, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Xavier

    Can't help but notice that their are still some people writting and complaining about Hillary not being the Democratic candidate. Like I said in an earlier blog, instead of complaining why dont all of her 18 million supporters send her $1.00 dollar each to help her retire most of her debt? If you truly support her you would use all your energy towards that end instead of talking trash about Obama.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Just Observing

    And so another rat flees the sinking ship

    July 15, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |


    July 15, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Jason in texas

    fu barrack Hussein obama as far as I'm concerned this guy is just as radical as osama bin laden and for you liberals learn how to actually stand up for your rights

    July 15, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. dems be dopes

    Send out for more buses!

    Contact the Mayor of New Orleans, he may have a few available.

    July 15, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Jose Card - Independent

    I wish Obama could be more comfortable with his middle name.
    President Barack Hussein Obama sounds fine to me.

    Hagel may be more suitable as Obama's VP than Reed is.
    Senator Reed still wants to accomplish more in the Senate, while Hagel seems ready to move on.

    July 15, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  11. RJ, CA

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Organizers of the Republican National Convention say they have raised $39 million for the September event.

    The Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee said Monday it has met a July 15 deadline for raising the money to cover convention infrastructure.


    Meanwhile, the DNC is struggling, while Obama wants to "crown" himself in a Denver sports stadium! FUNNY!

    July 15, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Paul CA

    .....possible VP ussualy say that on the outside.....inside may be different.....because only one person has the chance to become VP, so they distance themselves first when they know they have a slim chance

    July 15, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  13. RJ, CA

    Obama tells NAACP blacks must take responsibility

    Obama declared: "When we are taking care of our own stuff, then a lot of other folks are going to be interested in joining up and working with us and taking care of America's stuff.


    WOW! "Stuff" really explains things, Obama! Guess Axelrod, Obama's "brain," wasn't on hand to script this one for him!

    July 15, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Gimme A Break

    This is all for show. Everybody "denies" the position so when he asks Hillary it will seem like she is the only choice left and that Obama is not pandering to her "18 million" supporters. You people are not too bright. Politics are just smoke and mirrors and games.

    July 15, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  15. Imogene

    I think an Obama/Hagel ticket would be unstoppable. And it would be right in line with Obama's commitment to reach across the aisle, and to approach politics differently.

    Though I don't agree with Hagel on everything, he's been a vocal critic of the misguided Iraq war and the Bush administration. Much respect to him for that.

    July 15, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  16. Paul

    I think Hillary should be the VP because she got Bill's support. Bill got experience.

    July 15, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  17. Robin

    Some people are content where they are ... the VP vetting is pretty much just speculation and hearsay at this point.

    July 15, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. To the illiterates

    TO: MDB

    The maximun donation is $ 2.300

    July 15, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. easy

    obama 08

    July 15, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. ben

    When was the job offered to him?

    July 15, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I find it odd and funny how CNN continues to ask these senators and congressmen if they want to be a VP candidate and they are simply saying no because they KNOW they aren't even on the list! CNN stop trying to find crap.

    July 15, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. Lorenzo in Nashville

    You idiots are talking about the field getting narrow and that shows your intelligence level. The ones saying NO have not even been asked idiots!!

    July 15, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  23. Raymond Duke

    There is got to be a problem with Obama. Nobody is wanting to jump on that bandwagon. This man would be horrible for the country and they all know it. They know that he is going to lose in the general election and nobody wants to be tied to his social and hate agenda of america.

    July 15, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. Ryan

    Maybe Michelle can be Obama's VP. That would make her proud of being American, for sure.

    July 15, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  25. JN in NJ

    Reed is making a trip to to Irak with Barack Hussein... wow!

    July 15, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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