May 16th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards flatly rules out running with Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An Obama-Edwards ticket 'wont' happen.'"]

(CNN) - Seeing John Edwards and Barack Obama on the same stage earlier this week left political pundits buzzing: Could these two be an unbeatable presidential ticket?

They appeared to have natural chemistry - something Edwards and then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry seemed to lack in 2004 - and the former North Carolina senator remains popular among a key demographic that has been reluctant to support Obama - working class white voters.

But Edwards flatly said Friday, as he had before he endorsed a candidate, that he's not interested in making a second run for vice president.

"No," Edwards said in no uncertain terms on NBC's the Today show when asked about the possibility. "Won't happen.…It's just not something I am interested in."

As for another position in an Obama administration, specifically Attorney General, Edwards was decidedly more coy.

"I don't really want to get involved in that speculation," he said. "Right now we have to focus on getting Barack Obama elected to President of the United States, then we’ll worry about those things."

Edwards formally endorsed Obama Wednesday evening, the day after Clinton scored a 41 point victory over the Illinois senator in West Virginia. Edwards also said Friday the timing of his announcement was not specifically designed by the Obama campaign to direct the media coverage away from the New York senator's win.

"That's not true," he said. "I know it's not true because I am the one who made the decision about when to do this. I believe this was the right time to do it. I made a decision that the public should know at this point my view."

soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. Disappointed in California

    McCain over Obama is a wise choice for innumerable reasons – lets start with left wing politics....then go to Reverend Wright and the beliefs that Obama and his family support from Trinity.....then go to his back door politics regarding Canada/NAFTA......then go to his healthcare policy that will exclude over 15 million people.....then how about his willful disenfranchising millions of democratic voters from Florida and Michigan.....then to the fact that he can't carry any of the major states needed to win the General Election......he is unelectable for the General Election.

    I doubt that a first grader could think of all those things...and Jan from Willow Grove, PA – it seems that you are the stupid one from my point of view. Why do you support anti-american sentiment? Seems that you are not a patriot for our country if that is the case, so stick with Obama and become an equal looser in November.

    May 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. NickNas

    SO much for that. Thanx for clearing that up so all the fake "Pros" can shut up with all of the speculation, spin and worthless charts they show us on every " IF" scenario the is.

    May 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Terrell

    Yeah, its cool that Edwards is not on boards. He would have really helped Obama get the dumb......I mean uneducated blue collar workers vote.

    Hillary voters, I understand your disapointment and your anger. To be out campaigned, by rookie with all her experience in campaigning, To mismanage finances like she have done, and to have the ability to tell people anything just to get their vote. I would be mad and frustrated to.

    Get over it

    Obama/Anyone except Hillary 08'

    May 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. DMAC in ID

    I can't believe Edwards did that. I thought he had a great health program for the American people. My way of thinking by going with Obama he sold out his Ideals.. I really like John but now I have lost a lot of respect for him and he is not on the short list of liked politicians. To me he not only put a knife in Hillary's back but many of the people that are still going to be left out of health care He has shown to me that he is no better than the rest of them. I think he is kissing up trying to land some kind of job with the snakeoil salesman. Be it Atty Gen or the denounced VP. Can't blame someone for wanting to secure their future but in this case he has done this at the expense of many Americans and shows he was not all that serious about health plans for everyone. Sooo Sad John Boy.

    May 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. To Chris in Middleton and JAN

    We mean it. We're moderates, not liberals. McCain is moderate. This is why Hillary would have won in Nov. Liberals do not get elected in the GE's. We've learned from the hell of the Carter years.

    Chris in Middletown. I produce medical exhibits for court cases like Edwards took on. You should be VERY thankful that some of the things I see daily do not happen to your family. You should also be THANKFUL there are trial lawyers (not ambulance chasers) like Edwards out their fighting for people and their injuries.
    Some things are just awful. Don't ever feel sorry for the Insurance Companies, or the Dr.s that get sued from time to time. MOST and I mean MOST cases that get to trial are VERY legitimate and also very sad. Picture the doctor taking out your wife's bladder instead of her uterus, picture your child being sent home 5 times from the ER to end up dying at home from a ruptured bowel, after a simple test could have confirmed the proper diagnosis and wasn't done b/c insurance said no….I could go on forever, but just be thankful for the lawyers like Edwards.

    May 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Mike Hudock

    My opinion of Hillary has gone steadily down, as every time she proves her own self-interests are more important than the party's. That being said, I think she - and not Edwards - is the only truly viable VP candidate. Only she can genuinely unite the party and bring all the Clinton backers into the Obama camp. Which would serve both her ego and the success of the party.

    May 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Chut Pata

    Always loved you John, and always will. I supported you till you dropped and then only became an Obama supporter.

    I knew you will not run for VP because you are an ideological man and therefore would rather be an Attorney General prosecuting all those corrupt corporate executive who siphon off all our life savings in 401k etc.

    I hope you will leave a legacy as Attorney General that any president would wish for.

    Obama '08, 12. Edwards '16, '20, Billary+McBush (never ever)

    May 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Tony - DC

    Edwards will be the next Attorney General no matter whether it is Hillary or Obama!

    May 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. David Hubbard

    Obama has already got his top vp choice on a short list. his top choice is Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius. go to the Kansas state website and read her bio and profile. she is amoderate female Governor who cna bring in the female vote and take the void of Hillary Clinton and should Obama get 8 years in office Governor Sebelius could run for President off the being the first female Vice President for 8 years. she is the daughter of a former Ohio Governor and her husband is a federal magistrate and they bring no baggage like the Clintons. and America would vote for the first black male and first female ticket together and he would not need Hillary any where near his presidency.

    May 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. tom

    john edwards is a legend. he should definately be in a cabinet whoever wins in november. either as a democrat to keep the base or in a mccain cabinet for cross party healing.

    as for obama "we can change this country. we can change the world" what a load of rubbish.
    i don't believe a word he says. if he wins the nomination and if he beats mccain he will probably end up being another kennedy or carter. failures.

    if i were american i would vote for mccain.
    i'm british and we have our own problems.

    May 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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