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. Screwed up world

    I don't blame any of them for saying NO thanks. To me they are all crazy for wanting to be President or Vice President in these times. The economy, the gas prices, banks closing, the war and maybe into Iran, global warming, the boarders illegal immigraton, I can't remember at any time in my life and I am 52 that there was so much going on all at once, NO ONE CAN FIX THESE MESSES, NO ONE NOT EVEN OBAMA. Who ever gets into office they are NOT going to do what they promise because they won't be able to they can't fix this at least not everything, they have all promised they would but they haven't. Look how many years EVERY PRESIDENT has said we need to get away from our oil dependency and none of them has done anything and look where we are today. We are in such a mess the american public is going to say whomever gets in that they are doing a terrible job, just watch it will happen people will turn on the president, there is WAY TOO MUCH on anyone's plate especially the president of the US to fix all of this, so whomever says they can they are alluding us and themselves.

    July 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. I Want to Be A Democrat

    Stop deleting my comments CNN!!!!! Why can't anyone say anything negative about Obama without getting deleted? I thought this was fair journalism. We should have nominated Hillary!!!!!

    July 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Scott L

    So, we have had 3 things happen today:

    1. Obama's camp has to slam the New Yorker (not Obama himself).
    2. Obama has to "clarify his comments" regarding Palestine.
    3. Another VP makes it known that they do not want to be Obama's VP.

    Not to mention they are now desperately pleading for cash. Isn't it obvious that Dean has let you all down? $4 million in the DNC? Dems have made a serious serious mistake this election.

    July 14, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Once a Obama Supporter

    Obama on Fareed Zakaria interview this Sunday implied that we will be in Iraq for a long time. When Fareed questioned him Obama mentioned that we would need troops to train the Iraqi military, troops so that al qaeda does not regroup, troops for daily security. He didn't want to put a number when Fareed said that would be a significant number of troops.

    So fellows who followed Obama like a Pied Piper, he just a sleazy politician so says something to win the Primary and in reality he is someone else. We just need to put 2 and 2 together before we vote fo him!

    July 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Karina

    Obama is finished if he does not select Hillary Clinton, who by the way, fought her way to almost being the nominee and showed the American public that her heart is and has always been there for all of us. Doesn't surprise me that he is going around dancing and playing the role of selector, meanwhile McCain is taking him down with poll after poll. He has fiddled around too much and wasted too much time and given most of Hillary's supporters time to switch. What is he thinking? He should have made that move the day after she conceded and he'd have it won by now.

    July 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. DJ, LA, CA

    Evan Bayh, Ed Rendell, Sam Nunn

    July 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. BlackMan4Mac

    HAHAHAHA nobody wants to go down with this fool. Who the heck would be dumb enough to throw their career away with this USED CAR SALESMAN ON STEROIDS !!! HAHAHAHAHA !!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 14, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Abigail in Georgia

    To MDB:

    You are wrong about the cap to donate to a campaign. The limit is $2300 for the Primary and $2300 for the General.

    July 14, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Lisa in Ga.

    Ha.... no one wants to be second ... especially a white man knowing that a black man is better that he!....enough said.............

    Sorry John McCain but you belong in a nursing home...not the White House...... then you can see how your first wife felt when you abandoned her.......

    they say what goes around comes around.....

    July 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Abigail in Georgia

    Choosing a VP is as easy as ABC:
    Anyone But Clinton

    July 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Fella from Chicago

    Maybe one of the Muslims over in the Middle East will agree to run with him when Obama goes over there in the near future. They'll think he's one of them with the name of Barack Hussein Obama. Then again when they find out he's not, they'll turn him down as well. Oh Barack, Barack; maybe Michelle will run with you. Not!! She's smarter than to back a loser.

    July 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Nadir

    Reed's alright. He's a smart and serious guy, and a good senator. A credit to the word "politician".

    His Rhode Island office is down the street from the supermarket in which I shop. One day, there he was - basket in hand, shopping like the rest of us.

    My mother ran up to him, told him how much she admired his work. He was the nicest, most down-to-earth guy.

    So now when I turn on C-SPAN and see him putting the screws to some guy, I remember how absolutely normal he was.

    Kinda sorry he doesn't want the job, but good for us Rhode Islanders, I guess.

    July 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Enough already!

    Hey Obama!

    Try FL Sen. Bill Nelson, there is not a better politician out there fo Veep. Yes folks, there is actually a politician that cares about their constituents.

    July 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Women In California For Obama

    Obama will be just fine (without HRC) and I'm sure her eyes are on the bigger prize anyway. Even if he doesn't win he will always be better off than you hateful, spiteful small people.

    July 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. ree not a racist

    Smart man.

    July 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Mireille

    Barack Obama said, when the decision of VP was made he would say who it was. it was not to be speculated. Yet the media keeps speculating then creating stories around that speculation as if it was a true point from the start. Stop creating news CNN.

    July 14, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    MDB wrote "Hey geniuses there is a $250.00 cap for individuals donating to a single campaign which means either you're all breaking the law"
    Dear Sir/Madam, please get the facts right before you start insulting people. The maximum amount anyone can donate in the primary season is $2,900. One can donate up to the same amount in the GE as well.

    July 14, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Obama's Statements From His Books

    Please post some of Obama's racist remarks from his books.

    Please don't be biased CNN, why can't you post them?

    July 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Daryl - Niagara Falls

    What ever happened to the way VP's were chosen back in the time of FDR and others? A VP was nominated at the convention. That certainly seems the most "Democratic" process to stimulate "Party Unitity". Look to history in the nomination of Truman as an example of the party working together to form a concensus.

    July 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Statements From His Books

    Obama has said more damaging racist remarks than Imus..........................why not an uproar about Obama's statements?

    July 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Teddy California

    Why should the VP candidate be an expert in military and foreign affairs? The election is likely focused on the economy. If you notice, Obama also lacks experiences in economy. Can you name his ahievements in economy, either private or public (law making)? By the way, Obama's interest is not in economy either. He is NOT on any committes related to economic issues. It makes more sense to have someone with more economic experiences.

    Obama just needs to nominate someone who is qualified to be the President and who can work together with him and who might help him to win the Presidency.

    July 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. RealityKing

    No one wants to be on the Titantic now that they know what lays ahead..

    July 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Matt, Canoga Park

    LOL no one wants to be Obama's VP but Hillary Clinton. And no one wants her to be VP. Go figure.

    July 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Debbie

    So let me get this straight: the guy has not been ASKED to be VP, but the headline is ANOTHER SENATOR SAYS NO, as if Obama's asking and being turned down right and left?

    Give me a freakin break. Is CNN now a FAUX NEWS affiliate?

    July 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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