May 16th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 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. Moses, Ca.

    Mr. Edwards,
    If you change your mind, we'll take you. I've always respected you and your decissions.

    May 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Adam C

    Obama/Webb 08 best ticket webb is war hero and has tons of foreign policy experience.

    May 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Roger

    We are shocked, shocked, to find the media (again) derelict in its duties. Barack Obama has run his campaign with numerous advisors who the campaign would have everyone believe are just not that plugged in to the campaign. Additionally, Obama refuses to divulge who these people are. Inevitably, however, word gets out that Obama has, yet again, surrounded himself with an undesirable.

    This time the undesirable is Robert Malley. Coming on the heels of the Obama campaign saying it was “flattered” by terrorist group Hamas’s endorsement, the foreign press - in this case the London Times - pointed out Mr. Malley has close ties to Hamas.

    May 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Its ok he needs to be U.S. A.G.

    May 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Ding, Washington, DC

    Give John a break!

    May 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Bob

    Obama should pick a woman as his vp – one with light baggage.

    May 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. fred

    LOL, He wants the Attorney Generals position

    Go Hillary...if not Hillary....then McCain.

    May 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. bigben

    Just look the two emperors with no clothes

    May 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. After further review,Texas

    Attorney General would be good.We could finally prosecute the war criminals and get to see all the crap that has taken place behind the scenes.

    May 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. beyond politics

    Edwards would make a great attorney general!

    May 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. John for McCain

    Edwards also said he wasn't going to endorse someone until after the nominee had been decided. He's about as wishy-washy as Obama is. They would make perfect running makes; running away from the issues and drumming up media support. They make me ill.

    May 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. D.Kimbro OHIO

    That's a dissapointment, but better to get it out now.

    May 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Larry Buchas

    I'm one Obama supporter who says it is time to bring Hillary on board.

    Enough already. It is time to unite the party. She has put up a good fight.

    May 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Independent for Obama

    I think that is good for Edwards. I think he would have a role in an Obama administration, but I also think that he doesn't want to do the VP thing again, after a slow start this year and losing his own state in 2004. It just wouldn't be worth it to him, and he could certainly be of great use elsewhere in the administration.

    May 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Would have been nice but I'm afraid that he has made it too clear that he is not interested.Oh well anyone but Clinton.

    May 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Susan Cusson, Mohave Valley, Arizona 86440

    You have got to be kidding! did have some respect for Edwards, but I knew this was a self-serving endorsement. His health care plan was very similar to Clinton's, even Elizabeth Edwards knows that. What a let down that John threw his support to Obama. Well, what can I say--You don't get something for nothing. I guess Obama gets the endorsement from Edwards while Edwards gets the US Attorney position. What a demcracy the Democrats are displaying. I am a Dem gone MAD and will vote for McCain.

    May 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Angus McDugan

    Edwards is seen as very weak person / wishy-washy. Probably would be a bad choice anyway.

    May 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. HSNP


    May 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Cammi317

    Yep, sounds like Attorney General to me.

    May 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. AJ, IL

    We need John Edwards on the ground campaigning in rural America for Obama. This is where he can do the best job for the Obama campaign.

    A new visionary leader that complements Obama is needed as Obama's VP pick.

    May 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let's stay focus on Bush leaving office and keeping McShame out to stop Bush's terror and ignorance.

    May 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. John

    Good! We need Hillary more than we need either Obama or Edwards!

    May 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Mike - Texas

    The rich ambulance chaser probably wants the Attorney General job!!

    May 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Dems 2008

    Thanks for your support, Mr. Edwards!

    May 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Robert B

    Why would anyone except a socialist even want to pay any attention to Blitzer, the committee chairman of the Politikbeauro USA.

    May 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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