August 3rd, 2008
05:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi offers Veep support for House darkhorse

Nancy Pelosi had lots of praise for Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas.
Nancy Pelosi had lots of praise for Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Plenty of high profile names are getting bounced around as Barack Obama’s potential running mate. But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have a lesser-known candidate in mind.

Newsweek and other publications say Pelosi has been lobbying for Rep. Chet Edwards (D – Texas). The 56-year-old Edwards is a 9-term congressman representing a district in central Texas that includes President Bush’s ranch in Crawford.

In an interview Sunday, Pelosi said, “I didn't want to see a discussion of candidates for vice president without showing the House of Representatives… I just wanted people to be aware of the extraordinary credentials of Chet Edwards. And I hope he will be the nominee.”

Pelosi told ABC’s "This Week" that “for years, our colleagues have said to him, why don't you run for president? He is an extraordinarily talented person. He is a champion for veterans in the Congress. Under his leadership, we have passed, including just on Friday, the biggest increase in funding for veterans' health benefits and other benefits in the history of our country. “

Pelosi called him “talented:” and “principled.” Asked if she believed Edwards, not a household name around the country, had a chance to be picked, she said, “Well, I would certainly hope so. But, you know what? Senator Dodd, Senator Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton - there's such a great array of people from whom Senator Obama can choose. So, anyone of them, I'm fine with."

soundoff (344 Responses)
  1. Jim Hall

    I AM A DEMOCRAT ALSO ALL OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS. WE ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED IN PELOSI SHE HAS DONE NOTHING FOR US FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. SHE IS A WASTE OF SPACE ON THE INTERNET. SHE NEEDS TO BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO AND DIVE INTO THE RICHES OF HER REAL ESTATE RICH HUSBAND AND NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN LIKE BUSH AND HIS CRONIES NEEDS TO DO. WHO LISTENS TO A DO NOTHING I DON'T JIM HALL

    August 3, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Dan, IL

    Eight stories out of 12 here deal with Obama. Pretty nice coverage for a guy who doesn't (and hasn't for a long time) do his job back here in Illinois. I'm referring to his voting record as an ILLINOIS SENATOR. Check the record.

    August 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. kENNY

    "Sending billions of tax dollars each year directly to churches is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. It will lead to government regulation of our churches, which is exactly why our Founding Fathers rejected the idea of using tax dollars to fund our churches when they wrote the Bill of Rights."

    — Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas)
    ------------------------------
    This is a positive statement from a Texan no less.

    August 3, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Sternberg

    Obama is searching for some one suitably photogenic. John Edwards is now toast.

    August 3, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. TN FOR OBAMA

    The Republicans brought ALL the bad things on the American people.
    Their ties to big oil is the basis for 95% of our troubles.
    YOU MADE YOUR BEDS....NOW LIE IN THEM!!!

    Obama
    Ohh-eight
    Obama
    Ohhhh-yeah!!!!

    August 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Generation X

    Why oh why, do you fools keep taking about Hillary. She lost!!! Nobody cares about PUMA or the old Republicans. Get over yourselves. LOL

    August 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. miker

    Pelosi and Reid are really a bunch of clowns, Just what Barack Hussain Obama needs...advice from them.

    August 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Roy P

    This is what happens when you have an American Idol candidate. When someone makes a common sense suggestion, they are degraded for not following an Ipod gameboy mentality. We need a VP with some experience then we will have at least one member of the team with some idea of what is going on.

    August 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Deron

    Why are the candidates not talking about how they intend stop the influence of lobbiest in washington? Seems to me that no matter who wins this election washington is going to be the same old dirty place where well intended politians go to bed with imoral lobbiest. My question to the candidates is.....will outlaw lobbiest in washington?
    You need only give a yes or no answer?

    August 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. BOB

    SAD!!

    August 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Joe from ATL.

    hey brad, which America do u live in. same one where G.W. Bush is the president. or one with President Pelosi. u obviously listen too much talk radio my friend.

    August 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Dave

    Perhaps Pelosi should run for president in 2012. That way the republicans can expose what a true fraud she is and maybe then, Americans will open their eyes to reality.

    I am a proud democrat but she has NO idea how to represent the will of moral citizens. That of course, makes her a great candidate for a mayorial position in San Francisco.

    August 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    Pelosi Should start doing her job and a congress woman for California and stop injuecting her perosnla opinions in the presidential race.
    wher eis her outrage that anyone wants to drill of the coast of California? Where is her leadership to see that we agressively seek alternative energy source to relieve our dependence on oil?
    Open that mouth of your sNancy and do some good for us Californians!

    August 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. David Short

    Having known Chet Edwards during his tenure as an aide to Congressman Tiger Teague, then as a State Senator, and finally as a member of Congress,....I can say without question that Chet would make a great VP! He cares about the people in his district, and is not afraid to buck the party line when necessary.

    August 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. James - Indiana

    Pelosi has had all kinds of opportunities to bring about change and make a real difference. She has failed, and she has lost all credibility. She is the worst liability the Democratic party has now.

    August 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Charles W. Skinner

    I'm surprised that Speaker Pelosi is even willing to show her face in public after telling the American people that they don't need domestic oil production (by adjourning the House of Representatives without holding a vote on off-shore drilling).

    Let's see what we have from the Democrat controlled Congress:

    No end to funding what she and her cohorts call the "unjust war," no accountability for those Representatives in her party who are under investigation for corruption (Rep. William Jefferson), no lower gas prices.... Is there anything that the Democratic Congress delivered on that they promised from the 2006 elections?

    She needs to go. Hopefully the voting public in her district will be smart enough to see it, or the next Congress will be smart enough not to reelect her as the Speaker of the House.

    August 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. ComeOn

    This is the worst congress in the history of this country. Thanks Nancy.

    August 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Noddy93

    A Democrat 18 years in Congress in the heart of Dub-Republicans.

    Central Texas cannot afford to lose Chet. Even local veterans voted for him (vets for chet) as he fought strongly for the Waco VA hospital.

    Chet's seat would easily fall to a Republican. District 17 was one of the main reasons Tom Delay and his cronies restructured the Texas districts a few years back and the only reason why it's stayed Democrat is Chet.

    This is the same reason why, sadly, Jim Webb cannot be the VP choice. It would be another lost seat.

    August 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. ENE M DIAZ

    THEY KNEW NOTHING AND CARE ANYTHING=FAKED UNITY, RIGGED VOTES,UNFAIR POLITIC THAT CAUSED DIVISIVE.,THING THAT CAME OUT ANDT WILL COST THE DEMOCRAT ELECTION..LOOSE IN NOVEMBER.//

    August 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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