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. MDB

    I'm justing laughing my nuts off right now. I was down on the David Plouffe "we need money now" ticker and I see comments like Capt Smash "I sent $500.00 today" or TJ " I'm sending $100.00 a week until election time" or " I sent $1000.00 today" (can't remember name). Hey geniuses there is a $250.00 cap for individuals donating to a single campaign which means either you're all breaking the law (I doubt it) or you're the biggest bunch of liars ever (more likely).

    July 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. test

    it does look Photoshopped!!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. just noticiing

    jeromo July 14th, 2008 4:56 pm ET

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

    >>> I agree. It looks photoshopped.

    July 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. sittingbull

    His head is definitely Photoshopped onto that suit. I know for a fact he only wears floral-patterned dresses.

    July 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. tonybama, grahamsville, ny

    Hagel says he'd be interested-why look any further!

    Obama/Hagel 08 = Dream Ticket

    July 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Bayou Joe

    Smart man... He knows a losing proposition whenhe sees one.

    Maybe Jesse Jackson is available. or how about Nancy Pelosi, These two would really get all the votes of the left wing democrats.

    July 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Obama/ Hagel '08

    July 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. wilder

    It doesn't matter who the VP is...on either side. Fact is, Obama is leading George W McCain in every poll that counts...and his lead will only get larger. Why? Because Americans have suffered enough under the relentless corruption, incompetence, hypocrisy and failure of the Republican Party. George W McCain could pick Abe Lincoln himself to be his running mate...and the vast majority Americans still wouldn't vote for him. The GOP has worked hard...and has earned every bit of what's coming...and all the wrapping in flags and carrying of crosses in the world won't save them this time.

    GOP = RIP.

    July 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Loretta from California

    Senator Clinton should be at the very top of that VP list...........I would think. No pressure you understand...I'm just a hopeful Democrat. 😉


    July 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Shawn - Ga

    As all of these people are seeing finally, the rest of the country will too. Great speaches do not make a great president.... SUBSTANCE people, and for God's sake when will he grow a backbone and Debate Mcain???

    BTW I am a former Obama supporter who has gotten tired of waiting for the substance after the hype.

    July 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Deli

    Hey, Griff. Your response makes no sense. and learn how to spell Barack's first name.

    Yeah, it photo does look chopped! lol

    July 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. shyril beck

    1. Sam Nunn; 2. Evan Byah;3Joe Biden for VP

    July 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Larry WI

    So far he only had one that was really interested, and he doesn't want her, and who could blame him. Maybe Jessie the Ace Ventura would be interested.

    July 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Jean

    All I can say...What a bunch of cry babies out there

    July 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Undecided Voter for Obama

    Obama gets my vote.

    July 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Freida, NYC

    Smart man!

    July 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Cameron

    Lol on the Photoshop; All this speculation when Hillary Clinton could easily bring Obama 18 Million voters; most likely more, and a landslide victory in the General Election. Any reasonable democratic candidate would understand that Hillary is a vital component to a winning ticket against John McCain. However, we know that the real Obama w/ ELITIST underpinnings, would choose to run by himself if he could, because his new coalition of voters are enough to win the election; so, his campaign thinks as he alienates his base by jumping off to the center – Hagel probably would best represent his positions today – gun control, abortion, FISA. What next? Will Obama abandon Universal Health care, except for illegal immigrants who can speak spanish.

    July 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    Hey Griff, Maybe if your calculating by age. . . . .

    July 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Chris

    Hagel would make a great VP. Seeing that the extreme left has been going crazy over Obama "moving" to the center, although I have heard Obama say nothing he hasn't said before, I can't fathom they would be too excited about Hagel.

    Look, I'm a 29 year old guy from Berkley, Ca, and now living in Brooklyn. I'm a solid Democrat. I also believe in common sense. Sense says you don't make FIRM promises about timetables for exiting a war before you speak to the people on the ground and are President. Sense says you have to do what it takes to prevent terrorist attacks at home. If it takes some compromising to get those things done then so be it.

    All I know is that if John McCain is appointing Supreme Court Justices, continues Bush tax policies, and continues Bush foreign policy, this country is in deep trouble.

    If Obama can reach across the aisle and appoint a cool headed, extremely experienced war hero as his VP, it makes sense to me.

    July 14, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Nobody wants to join Hussein's sinking ship LOL.....
    and he thinks he doesnt need Hillary ??

    July 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why not run a magizne cover with screaming and flesh burning women and children with Mcwar singing in his jet, dropping Napalm. He could be singing bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. This would be an outrage to the GOP right wing rethuglicans.

    July 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Michael

    Obama's face is cracked and on the ground once again. That's what he gets for being so hateful and disrespectful to Hillary for not offering her the position outright in a gesture to unite the party. Mr. Uniter has a lot to learn. And for those who are disappointed in his recent flip-flops, Hillary told you so.

    July 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Democrat for Life

    Obama has my support no matter who he chooses...

    July 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. jim

    glad he's not interested, that scowl on his face is too much like cheney ...

    July 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Ricky

    Obama is changing his mind so much, they don't know what he stands for anymore.

    No one is going to run to this man.

    July 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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