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. MI 4 Obama!

    Sure would like to see Edwards run with Obama but if not....then anyone Obama feels is appropriate is ok with long as it is NOT Hillary!

    OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |



    May 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Edwards is not interested? Let's see what he does if he is offered the opportunity.......I'll bet that will he will have a change of heart.

    May 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Lawrence

    Operation Chaos is in full force. Dems please beware of the Republican operatives who are stirring up trouble between Dem bloggers. At the point, true Dems should not engage in hateful talk with other Dems. When you read racist views towards Obama from supposedly Hillary supporters who are switching party to vote Mc Shame, please don't attack or feel resentment towards other Dems. That is a trick to divide the Democratic Party.

    To all of you Obama haters, get use to saying President Barack Obama. This is a free country, you are free to move!

    May 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Jan, Willow Grove, PA

    All these "Hillary or McCain" remarks are kinda funny. Do you guy's really mean it or is it just an attempt to scare super delegates?

    Seriously, choosing McCain over Obama if your beloved Mrs. Clinton isn't nominated sounds like a stubborn first grader. If you don't get the apple, you rather eat an onion than taking the orange, right?

    Would the Clinton supporters please stop this nonsense? However hard you try, I will not believe that uneducated equals plain stupid.

    May 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Henry

    Newsbreak, Just In: John Edwards endorses Obama, to get the spotlight from Hillary after winning big in West Virginia.

    Newsbreak, Just In: Obama gets his feathers dusted by Bush, who is coming to his rescue now,...A Spin Doctor.. Spin Doctor to the rescue. Help me please.

    Stop Complaining so much, Be a strong leader. The world does not revolve around you.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Tired of all the Flap

    Obama should consider someone with maybe miliatary or foreign policy to run on his ticket. Edwards would rally suit the country well in a Attorney General position. So, for all of you who doesn't see Edwards as a V.P., I can see him in government still.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Anita from Arizona

    Bummer, I was hoping for that ticket.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Jeanne

    I'd sort of like to see a woman chosen for the VP spot. I'm not suggesting Hillary but there are a number of women out there that might bring something to the ticket. It'll be interesting to see who he chooses.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. matt chris

    OBAMA / BIDEN would be phenomenal.

    Biden has tons of foreign policy, is hard-nosed and would off-set any supposed advantage people might think mccain has.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. DJ, Los Angeles

    Makes sense for Edwards to move forward. Been there done that, didn't work last time and the GOP will attack him as Hillary on his vote for the Iraq war.

    Obama should pick someone such as:

    Jerry Brown (ran against Bill in '92)
    Joe Biden
    Robert Casey Jr.
    Tom Harkin
    Pat Leahy

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Disgusted

    John Edwards is only slightly more experienced than Nobama.
    And who is he supposed to attract besides the liberal wine-sippers that Obama already had all locked up because of (let's hear a big collective wail) "the waaaaaaaaaaaaaar".

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. bryan

    i wish CNN would re-run edwards attacks on Obama during the early debates – how obama kept voting present and edwards said that was a cop-out.

    May 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. open your eyes

    While i agree Edwards will have a spot in the administration, and some people suggest Jim Webb, the Dems have to be careful about taking a Senate Democrat out of the position leaving room to lose that spot to a republican. Virginia is still a state with many Republicans, so losing Jim Webb could mean losing a chance at a working majority. Same with taking Hillary i guess. Take a governor. Ed Rendell! Highly respected, governor of PA and former mayor of Phily. I think he is the best choice.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Frank

    I don't believe for a moment that the people saying they will vote for McCain if Obama (or Clinton) is the Democratic nominee are actually Democrats. They are obviously Republicans claiming to be Democrats.

    Democrats are not that stupid, but Republicans are that dishonest.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Mary Sue

    Edwards and Obama do look good together, and they certainly share the message of needing to change Washington. I was glad Edwards endorsed Obama, and it was fortunate that the endorsement came while the media was dwelling on the biases of poor, white voters.

    However, I don't think Edwards is the best choice for Obama's VP. Obama needs a VP with foreign policy experience to give him more credibility against old man McCain.

    (Dear moderators–Could you activate a separate board for those of us who are always banished to the limbo of our posts "awaiting moderation." Thanks.)

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Gerry

    I can tell from some of the comments here, republicans are panicking cause they have no sense of how to run against Obama. The attack ads they ran work in Obama's favor, since America is wise to that kind of politics.

    Obama will pick the appropriate running mate when it's time. John Edwards will be in the Obama administration in a senior role as will a number of other very capable democrats, republicans and independents who can help change Washington. For the first time, a cabinet will be chosen by capabilities not politics.

    The tide is turning, America is back.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. lynn

    WRITE HILLARY IN....only way to win the White House

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Debbie,NJ

    What about Nancy Peloski. She is self made, not riding on her husbands coattails and she is already in a powerful position standing up against Bush.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. aaron

    John Edwards already did the VP thing , of course that ticket didn't win,

    John Edwards wouldn't be a good choice; he couldn't even carry his own state in the primaries .

    2 postions that would be perfect for him

    1) Attorney general

    2) Very first appointee by Barack for Supreme Court Justice.. of course Hillary might be eyeing that GIG too.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Fred

    All the talk about who is more experienced to be Commander in Chief.
    Bush was experienced.. \" the decider"..I would prefer someone who would listen to his military advisors rather than a know it all like George W. who screwed everything up because he bullied all in the military who opposed his ideas.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Don Williams

    In my comment the last part is suppose to read you GO Hillary not GOD please change if possible. Thanks Don Williams in Ohio

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. EJ

    Now I know why Edwards endorsed Obama. A little "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" action. If Obama wins, and that is if he wins, we'll have another weak and naive president in office. The downward spiral continues...

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Steve in DC

    Bloomberg is the right choice for Obama!

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Jed in Texas

    Watch out for a "false flag" soon.Look it up on google.John Edwards is the man to bring the truth to light.

    May 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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