August 4th, 2008
02:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Despite Pelosi plug, congressman shrugs off VP speculation

Nancy Pelosi and Chet Edwards held a news conference in June about funding for veterans.

Nancy Pelosi and Chet Edwards held a news conference in June about funding for veterans.

(CNN) - Rep. Chet Edwards, who got a major plug as a potential VP contender Sunday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, shrugged off questions about a potential spot on the ticket Monday – but did not deny interest in the job, or the possibility that he might be on Barack Obama’s shortlist.

“I am deeply grateful to Speaker Pelosi for her gracious comments about me and my work in Congress in behalf of veterans and military families,” he said in a statement released by his office, adding that “Senator Obama has earned the right to manage his own vice presidential selection process, and out of respect to him, any questions about the process should be directed to the Obama campaign.”

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."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    I use to like Nancy Pelosi, but now, not so sure.

    August 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Fred

    There are alot of people who could be VP. But who truly wants it.

    August 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Pelosi likes him... she's such a go getter

    August 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Pelosi is the worst Speaker in modern history. Under her leadership the House has accomplished very little. Pelosi needs to pay more attention to her job and less attention to electoral politics.

    August 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. irish

    Maybe he should take your job Nancy. Because we all know that you are the most useless House speaker in history. Hey Congress!!!

    Get back to work. Start earning the $165, 000 dollars a year that the
    American tax payers pay you for.

    And I Don't mean going into session and congradulating A football team or naming a post office for 10 minutes and then your done for the week.

    August 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. DrillNow

    You'd better scurry back to Cali, Nancy; I hear that the INS is planning a "visit" to the ol' family grape orchard (not that they'll find anything, of course....)

    August 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I for one hope it is Biden or Clinton. I've never heard of Chet Edwards. I'll trust Senator Obama on his pick, and vote for him no matter who he picks.

    Obama/Biden, 08

    August 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Montana is Obama Country

    McDrill has MISSED 150 votes in congress and doesn't wear a flag pin but only mocks patriotism...!!

    Obama 2008, 2012,,, Yes WE Can...!!

    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. peakarach,des moines,IA


    1. OSAMA.
    3. KIM JUNG-IL.
    5. REV. WRIGHT.
    7. TONY REZKO.
    8. BILL AYER.
    9. PFLEGER.

    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. v.a.

    chet edwards is one of only a few sane politicians from texas! i'm surrounded by nuts down here!

    August 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah.

    Yikes! If Nancy likes this guy enough to endorse him, my first reaction would be to... RUN! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! (and don't forget to hold on to your wallet the whole way)

    August 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Nobody wan't the job.. They can't afford to be Tarnished, after Obama's Loss in November..

    August 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Anne E.

    With all due respect to Rep. Edwards - I cannot listen to, much less support - someone who, on her "day one," says that impeachment of GW Bush is off the table. Go away, Nancy - you're such a disappointment.

    August 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. fella from Chicago

    Look how Nancy looks at this guy. Forget politics, it's personal. Go get him, honey. May as well since you're not doing anything as Speaker.

    August 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Linda iowa

    Nancy Pelosi, worries more about her power and the want of more which she sees as having better chances of getting by backing Obama. She is one of the power brokers that is responsible for us having such a weak candidate. Pushing the super delegates to come out to support before the convention was a mistake. Beware what you ask for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    You can slander John McCain, Say's Dozy-Pelosi but leave Obama alone???

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Hillary all the way

    Obama can't win without Hillary Clinton...he's either too pompous or too stupid to realize it.

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |

    Anybody but Hillary, right Pelosi?

    Heaven forbid you are not the top female

    Pelosi is a disgrace to females everywhere

    Hillary 2012 ❤

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Griff

    Nobody wan't the job... They have to live in Politics, long after Obama is gone...

    August 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. peakarach,des moines,IA

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Steve From Dallas

    From someone who knows Chet Edwards.. he would be GREAT.

    But i seriously dont think the country is ready for another Texan after what Bush did to everyone.

    And beside, i hope he would wait for Hillary 2012, when we try and take the Whitehouse back...

    NO OBAMA 08

    August 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. jimmy velman

    If Chet edwards wants to be re-elected to Congress, the last person he needs would be Nancy Pelosi.

    August 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. jc

    I think Nancy Pelosi just does not want Hillary to be President or Vice
    President. That is all she cares. See what she did in congress, almost

    August 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. J. Weidenbach, American in Germany

    Chet Edwards is a good choice.

    Please stop picking on the House Speaker, she doesn't deserve it, please consider the U. S. President she's got to work with almost every day.

    August 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. KE

    We cannot talk about Obama’s problem (as we see it) without talking about the Democratic Party.

    August 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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