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. Josh, NY

    How come nobody wants to work as VP under Obama? Well, no one except Hillary who is planning to take Obama for an open motorcade trip in Dallas right after the election.

    July 14, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. shannon

    "not interested" = "will take the job if asked"

    July 14, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. terry,va

    NO one whats to run with this loser. The will "support" him while carefully distantly them self from him. Who wants the label of Hussein's second?

    July 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    It seems no one wants the job.....except Hagel. So it might end up being Hagel by default.

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain. (And no....Obama would NOT get my vote if she was his VP....that would still make him president, and I find that to be unacceptable.)

    July 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Eoj Reed

    Obama up 10% in latest Iowa polls!! Up 17% in Minnesota!, 8% in Michigan!!!. 4% in Colorado!!! 5% in Missouri!!! This is looking good folks! Keep pushing forward! Never give up!!! Keep pushing and don't give up! We still have a long way to go and we all need to go to the polls come November!!!

    July 14, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. terry,va

    NO one whats to run with this loser. They will "support" him while carefully distantly them self from him. Who wants the label of Hussein's second?

    July 14, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. E. de Leon

    Watch out DNC Howard Dean, Pelosi et al, you guys made the biggest blunder in history. A lot of Democrats are trully unhappy for what you did in the primary. Polls are not saying the true votes of America as it happened in New Hampshire on top of it your idol Obama is sliding down in latest polls. McCain will have a landslide in electoral votes and we just hope we will have a strong Democratic congress. For one I'm a democrat voting for Sen. McCain. HRC 2012!

    July 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. invisibleelephant

    I love the Hillary supporters who are gonna vote for McCain cuz they think the media was biased. Go ahead, punish children in need of health care for media bias. Punish soldiers that need to come home for media bias. Punish women who want to keep their right to choose for media bias. Punish hardworking men, and the families who rely on them, for media bias. It's fine. It TOTALLY makes sense.

    *shakes head*

    July 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. I Miss Hillary


    Hillary 2012

    July 14, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. CD

    I can't believe how illiterate Republicans and Hillary supporters are. Jim Webb bailed after the vetting team required some documents from him because of his past issues and Jim is a new Senator we need to maintain democrat seat in the senate. All others balking are doing it to get famous, have something to hide or are pushed by the evil Clinton machine.

    Can't you guys read? The Obama vetting team has only requested information from 2 people so other people saying no are being advised to get their 15 minutes of fame you dumb folks. Hillary will never be on the list and you can take my words to the bank. It is going to be Sebelius you losers because he needs someone with executive experience. The VP and President can't both be senators!

    July 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Jeanine

    Looks like no one wants to be his VP....! Shocker!

    July 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |

    Obama / Paul '08

    July 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. JJ in NY

    Just wondering if the sleezy clintonistas are pressuring the viable VP candidates to shy away from accepting the offer? That would leave billary as the "last man standing", and winning by default .

    July 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Indiana Bob

    Why would anyone want the job? Obama is so full of himself there is no room on the podium for a number two spot. Why don't he just make Rev. Wright the VP and Farakahn his First Lady. Then we can have all of the Marxist radical cult leaders in one house.

    July 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. JJ in NY

    Dear Vietnam Vet;

    I think Griff jumped off a bridge a long time ago !

    July 14, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Indiana Bob

    PUMA - Vote for McCain

    July 14, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. AdamW

    Obama better not pick that crook Dodd. While Dodd is getting special deals from those criminals at Country Wide the rest of the citizens of CT are losing our homes and struggling. This state caters to the wealthy while the rest of us barely get by and eat like peasants. Dodd has done nothing to help lessen the gap/divide. He better clean up his act and start working for the people and remember who elected him if he wants to stay in the game otherwise a we are going to organize and get him out of office for good.

    July 14, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Concerned Voice

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters, please get over it. Your candidate lost. And, I doubt that your candidate will get the VP nod. And so, you need to start thinking about whether to sit out the general election or vote for Senator John McCain. For after all, Senator McCain will do what is in your best interest:

    – The War or Wars: Afghanistan and Iraq. And yes, also "IRAN" - the new front.

    – The Economy

    – Taxation

    – And GASP, the judicial system, and especially, the "Supreme Court"

    Well, I suppose that there is one other choice of what to do come General Election time: vote for Senator Barack Obama. But, in any case, whatever you do, Ladies and Guys, please stop being so 'BITTER'. It is not really good for your health and mental well-being.

    July 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. ray cooper

    i just wanted to say i think that sen.obama is not the same man we
    have seen on t.v.,what do we really know about this man, i usually
    vote democratic but, this year i am voting independent.this man is
    very dangerous and we in america better wake up and really
    ask our selfs this question, if the man is muslim why not be proud of
    it. like i am proud of being a christian.

    July 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Michael in Columbus OH

    Griff, I'm not even going to waste my time. And what is with all these Hillary supporters voting Republican? I just can not see how someone who supports Hillary's political views could EVER vote for McCain. Maybe they were never introduced to logic. Hillary is a very intelligent woman with a strong commitment to the Democratic party and our countries future, I hope her supporters are the same.

    July 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. RJ, CA

    Guess more and more folks just aren't falling for Obama's psychobabble.

    Are you listening - Axlerod - Obama's "brain"? Axelrod the mole - Obama's chief strategist - who spent a decade before Obama defending Chicago Mayor Dailey against corruption charges!

    Don't be confused, folks. It's NOT Obama running in this campaign - it's Axelrod with his dirty Chicago political style.

    Have you noticed how Obama says really stupid things when he's speaking "off the cuff" - like the "just messing with you" comment about Black Mac the "comedian"?

    It's ONLY when Obama has a teleprompter speech in front of him - crafted by Axelrod and his ghouls - that anything even remotely coherent is said (and I use the word "coherent" loosely).

    July 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. jim

    When the heck are these to guys going to pick a VP anyway. Barack might have an excuse but McCain has had more than 4 months to decide.

    July 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. dan

    This just in: I Dan Kushner, am rejecting any offer for Vice President, should it be offered by either the McCain camp, or the Obama camp. I would be honored to be asked, but just so everyone knows, I have no interest in the position. I'm sure they're all very busy figuring out who the best candidate would be, but just so we're clear, if that candadate is me, I wouldn't accept.

    July 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Ridgeway

    Whoever he picks will be more qualified to be President than him. I'd rather see Joe Slump The Midget as President than Obama the Empty Suit.
    This will be the 12th time I have asked the Obamination. Name one thing he's done. Chirp, chirp...Hear that? It's crickets.
    Not since Mayor Daley has there been such a politician. Wake up folks he could care less what happens to you or your family.

    July 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. SUE

    Ever one should keep quite about BILL CLiNTON–He was one of the best presdent we ever had,,and there will not be another like him ..All you dem. should take a long hard look at your self and the mess you have made for your party for o8,, A shameful disgrace to the usa,,that why you may loose the white house in o8....

    July 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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