August 14th, 2007
09:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Edwards/Obama ticket?

John Edwards said he was 'open-minded' to having Barack Obama as his vice presidential running mate.

JEFFERSON, Iowa (CNN) - At a stop on his "Fighting for One America" bus tour Monday, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was asked whether, if chosen to be the nominee, he would consider tapping Democratic opponent Barack Obama as his vice presidential running mate.

"I am open minded about it, to answer your question," said the former senator from North Carolina. "I have made what, at least for now, would be a short list for me of people to consider, just as I've done the same thing for each cabinet position."

So who would Edwards pick? Well, when it comes to selecting people for an administration, he says they wouldn't necessarily have to align with his political party.

"I know this is not the greatest thing to say in front of Iowa Democratic caucus-goers, but they don't have to be a Democrat. I'm looking for the best people I can find."

Edwards went on to say that he's not looking for "'yes people' like George Bush has around him."

The stop in Jefferson is part of the campaign's seven-day "Fighting for OneAmerica" bus tour, which kicked off earlier in the day in Des Moines. Edwards outlined a plan to "improve care for injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans." He also called on the Iraqi parliament to "end their month-long vacation early."

"More than 30 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq this month," Edwards said in a statement.

Monday morning's bus kickoff was planned as a family affair that was to include wife Elizabeth and their two youngest children, but, according to the former senator, Elizabeth was not feeling well and was forced to skip the first event.

"Elizabeth ate something at breakfast this morning that didn't agree with her," Edwards said.

Mrs. Edwards, however, was back on the trail with her husband later in the day, even introducing him at their stop in Jefferson. She appeared healthy and had no problem visiting with dozens who stuck around to chat after the

"I was a little gimpy this morning, but I'm feeling good now," she told CNN. "I brought some food with me from North Carolina that I should have refrigerated. It's my fault, my fault."

Sen. Edwards said that his wife's sickness Monday morning is the reason he was more than an hour late for the kickoff event. It also forced the campaign to cancel their appearance at the Iowa State Fair, which was next on their agenda for the day.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Edwards to be nominated by the democrats? Someone is dreaming in techno colour. According to the polls, he is the distant third, and he will be history in a few months.

    August 14, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Cassy, Sylacauga, AL

    Edwards will think twice about Obama: He's a yes man when the moment suits him.

    August 14, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Dan, Columbia MD

    Whut? Breck Girl and Inexperienced Lad? Don't see it happening.

    The nomination is still Hillary's to lose.

    August 14, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. BT, IA

    I will gladly take an Obama/Edwards ticket (in any order) over one that has Clinton anywhere on it!

    August 14, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. James, Phoenix AZ

    "Sen. Edwards said that his wife's sickness Monday morning is the reason he was more than an hour late for the kickoff event. It also forced the campaign to cancel their appearance at the Iowa State Fair, which was next on their agenda for the day."

    WOW – John Edwards was late to a kick-off event because Elizabeth wasn't feeling well. Can you imagine John as President? "Ummmm – the President won't be available for peace talks – it's Elizabeth's 'time of the month' ".

    Yeah – I'm sure all the other candidates will be anxious to name Edwards as a VP candidate... cause it worked so well for John Kerry!

    August 14, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Hector, Anchorage, AK

    I'm not much into politics and so have not followed most elections. I show up and vote. But I have followed this election closer then any in the past. It seems to me that John Edwards has it backwards when he makes the comment that Bush has only yes men around. It seems that Bush is the yes man in his castle.

    August 14, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. eni, Groton CT

    My thoughts exactly. They have my vote.

    August 14, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Len, Sparks

    How about an Obama/Edwards ticket? Edwards as VP. He really doesn't have the money to get to the top of the ticket. Who knows if Obama would want to join with him?

    August 14, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Wilbur, Rednecktown, TN

    I will never ever ever vote for anyone with the name Obama. Sounds too much like Osama. And Edwards? If he spends $300 for THAT hair cut, I can only imagine how he'll mismanage my hard earned tax dollars!

    August 14, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Carolina Dood


    THAT's the Ticket folks, THAT's the Ticket.

    August 14, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. JoAnnCr, Fairfield, IA

    Obama could learn a lot from John Edwards. They are both brilliant, good-hearted leaders. If Obama was Edwards's VP, he could take his time to develop policy that would reflect the great man he is, something that Edwards has done to prepare for 2008.

    Edwards consistently beats all Republicans in match up polls by a large margin. At this point, Edwards the most electable candidate by far.

    August 14, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Bill, Bloomington IL

    The democrats are at the crossroads. Obama is an electable president and we will now see if the democrats are open for change or just as racist as their counterparts across the isle.

    August 14, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Congaree RiverRat

    Of the first 60 responses to this topic of an Edwards & Obama ticket:

    32 positive (for Edwards/Obama OR Obama/Edwards)
    16 negative (for Edwards/Obama OR Obama/Edwards)
    12 responses unrelated to the specific topic

    If you ignore the 12 unrelated rants, the response from the first 60
    responders is 2 out of 3 like the idea, and 1 out of 3 don’t.

    Seems like a good idea to most, since in presidential elections a 2/3’s
    majority is called “a landslide”.

    GO Edwards & Obama, in either order !! That’s the REAL Dream-Ticket !

    August 14, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. eddie, NY

    Is it me or is the Media against Obama as a front runner? Here is a change, what about an Obama/Clinton ticket? now that would make stuff hit the fan...

    August 14, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Hell yes, as long as it is an Obama/Edwards ticket and not an Edwards/Obama ticket, I'm for it.

    August 14, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. It's true MA

    Edwards has been successfully and permanently branded as "the Breck girl". His campaign is over. He's just going through the political motions now as his campaign fades away.

    August 14, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Kate, Flint

    CNN typo:

    What they meant to say was OBAMA/Edwards.

    (If Edwards and his talkative wife could be so lucky...)

    August 14, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "Edwards consistently beats all Republicans in match up polls by a large margin. At this point, Edwards the most electable candidate by far."

    LOL – some how Elizabeth Edwards and John Kerry might not believe you!

    August 14, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Dan, Phoenix Arizona

    Did anyone read that piece of comedy that Art from Maryland posted as the first comment? Even by the smallest of estimates close to 100k iraqi civilians have died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq! This guy wants to say that our presence is saving their lives?! It is exactly this type of Roveian tactic where all they can do is state the opposite of the truth as fact and then repeat it over and over that has polls showing that the GOP is likely in serious trouble for a generation. It is why long time incumbents like Hastert are getting out while the gettin's good. It has become blatantly appearant to all but a quarter of the people in this country that these people are so wrapped up in their ideology that they have to deny reality in order to keep from admitting that they have been tragically wrong on almost every policy front. Oh well... everyone else sees it.

    I think that an Obama/Edwards ticket has a better chance than an Edwards/Obama ticket. I doubt it would ever happen, but a Clinton/Obama ticket would be unbeatable based on campaign cash alone. It's sad, but elections are influenced more by money than by ideas today.

    August 14, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Marlin G Wahpeton,ND

    A more appropriate question is who would Mr. Obama pick? Mr Edwards does not resonate with this voter. Mr G

    August 14, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Brandon, Greenville, NC

    Are y'all from the remainder of the country NOT getting it? Everyone who has posted on this thread, including myself from NC, supports Edwards! I realize there's some in the medical community (because of their careless mistakes) that don't support others, us Dems would be smart to take Edwards in this one. As one other poster has said, there's no way Clinton or Obama stands a chance down South. Y'all need to realize NC and other typical Republican states would be in play with Edwards. Clinton would just pull the usual blue states. It's something everyone needs to seriously think about. Check this out too... just released last month in a article released July 20, 2007... "Edwards is most electable when pitted against McCain, Guiliani, Romney, or Thompson, even though he's not leading his own Dem primary"....AND for those of you who state that Clinton is so amazing, at least Edwards didn't move to a state and run for the Senate when he wasn't even from there from the beginning (i.e. Hillary suddenly becoming a New Yorker). No matter what people think of Edwards, he's ALWAYS been a Carolinian. Clinton is a manufactured Senator who only got elected because she's in an extremely BLUE state. Seriously people, look where Edwards has been. He's definitely the ONE.

    August 14, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. Matt, CA

    I hope the lot of you who are doubting John Edwards and simply looking at these projection polls arent of age and have the right to vote. This ticket would be the absolute best option for our nation in this current time. Edwards has been the most progressive from day one with his agenda and for the most part the innovator; coming out with bills for poverty and universal health care first.

    August 15, 2007 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  23. Anonymoses Hyperlincoln, Charlotte, NC

    We have a winner! And it is...
    Edwards/Obama '08
    (Hiilary, we love you, but you have already served in the White House, and you are doing a great job now in congress. And Barack, we love you too, but simply want you to get some more, yet great, experience, as Vice President of the United States. Not too shabby. I'm sure you can respect John's seniority of these matters, since he was where you are now...back in 2000. He has had more time to think and prepare. He will be taking on a heavier load, and granting you the cushier, but future-perfect job.

    You may work this out now, if you wish. But defer to John for his experience, preparation, vision and dedication to progressive principles, and trump FOX's attempts to silence him...and by

    Not only a Dream Team...but a Dream Sequence.

    August 15, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  24. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Would Edwards really consider running with this poser? Hillary save us from ourselves, please!

    August 15, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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