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. Lynn in NM

    That's too bad. I think they would make a good combination. Half the country hates Hillary, but the feelings for John Edwards seem to be positive.

    May 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. bill pike

    would be good combo and edwards is young enough in 8 years if they do their job??????????

    May 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    AG would be a good place for Edwards, he could go after corrupt financial institutions, oil, and Bush/Cheney for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    May 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats

    May GOD have mercy on your souls.


    May 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Zoey

    The Obama administration will do just fine in the White House

    May 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Ken

    No way will Edwards consent to being the #2 guy again. Twice he has run for President and once he has resigned himself to candidate for VP. I don't think he'll do it. Not unless he is desperate. He has other family issues he needs to take care of. I'm disappointed that he chose either candidate. He just waited to see who was going to win before he threw his support...just like most of the superdelegates out there.

    May 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Big mistake John Edwards, Obama does not have enough experience, Clinton would serve the country better, in addition to the fact that Clinton would beat McCain, Obama will not win in the general election.

    May 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. obama4life

    Thanks EDWARDS...the right decision

    May 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. lol

    can't wait till elizabeth edwards (the smart one) comes out with her hillary endorsement. mr. I pay $1200.00 for a haircut isn't going to help with the blue collar vote, like the pundits claim. can't wait till obama's name is on the loser list with mondale, dukakis, kerry/edwards, than obama!

    May 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. CJ

    MY wish is for Bill C to divorce Hill C and for Bill C to be Barack's VP. Now that would be a ticket! (But only if the wicked witch is out of the picture)

    Love ya Barack!!!

    May 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Iowa for Obama

    To John for McCain

    Wishy-washy ya I'll bet your just another brain-dead repubican, one of the 25 percent left in this country....

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Silence Dogood

    This shows how much we the people don't listen even to the most important people. This question has already been asked and Edwards has already answered it. The v.p. spot is a joke job. Theres no power or anything as v.p. and Edwards knows that, so he knows not to go for something where he would become nothing more then just a shell. Edwards would most likely become Attorney General. Hilary may become v.p. if her ego doesn't get in the way.

    Your Humble Servant,

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Hawkeye

    To further emphasize that those who are on Hillary the liars side will vote for anyone, now McCain???? Stick a fork in her she is done, how long do they want to keep beating this DEAD HORSE?? Ride it to the end it is still going to be a dead horse. It is time to move this country forward and send the Republicans packing in November.

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Hillary/McCain

    Whoah. Get Barack elected president of the US. Last I checked the race wasn't over yet and Hillary has a good shot at being the nominee as she will likely have more of the popular vote.

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. raf

    Whatever happened to picking a running mate who would make a good vice president, rather than one who can deliver an election. I mean, we will have to live with them at least four years.

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Common Sense

    That's too bad, I liked Edwards, but it'll take a democrat like zell miller to help Obama win. He should be able to pick mickey mouse and win by a landslide compared to how bad GW has been. Next on the list... Go OBAMA 2008

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. rose, texas

    yea right, like everybody is going 2 believe to lie. can't believe he turn his back on hillary, but that's ok. hillary write in come nov. i don't know why she just doesn't run independent, the way they have done her, all those traders. hillary all the way come nov......

    May 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. All American

    I would like for Edwards to tell me again how he is for the poor and the working man. Then go get another $400.00 hair cut.

    By the way didn't his wife say they thought Hillary had the best insurance and the best plan for jobs and education. And he backs Obama. Something don't add up. Birds of a feather flock together.

    May 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    This is not news, it won't matter in November who Barack Chooses to run with him. No one can save him from a disaster in the General Election. The moderate republican, John McCain is winning over a whole lot of voters with Pres. Bush's help. Bush may be evil in the eyes of some people but he does speak truth when it comes to defending Israel and our Alli's.

    Isn't it a bit premature on CNN's part to be speculating on this subject with the democratic nomination unsecured? Just asking.

    May 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Mike Birmingham, AL

    That's too bad, Edwards would have made a great VP. I do think he would make a great Attorney General, especially after the previous ones we've had.

    Looks like the Obama administration is shaping up to be an all-star team!

    Oh yeah, don't pay any attention to the people trying to rally a "Write In Hillary" campaign – they are just Limbaugh's Operation Chaos nuts.

    May 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Clay

    All you people who are miffed that Hillary missed the nomination and say you won't vote, or will vote for McCain: You're gonna NADER us all over again. Look at the big picture people! How can you not support the democratic nominee? Do you want to be in Iraq for 100 years?


    May 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Mark

    Edwards figures that he may have another shoot in four years. Tired of being called a racist because I am a Hillary fan. Obama will not win.

    May 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Plan 9

    Put John Edwards on the Supreme Court, please. That's the best possible place for him to be in the Obama Administration.

    May 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Debbie

    Obama for President.
    Strong Democrat for VP (fill in the blank, Hillary, Biden, Dodd, McCaskill, etc)
    Edwards for Attorney General

    Add them together and you have tremendous similarities to John F. Kennedy's presidency.
    President who received the under 50 vote.
    Strong and Aggressive VP
    Robert Kennedy as AG is extremely similar to Edwards.

    May 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Jerry in Florida

    Who cares?! We don't need one more Obama. One is enough. Edwards' support is only a feel-good decision. It’s not necessarily for the good of the Democratic Party, or better yet, for the good of our country. Kennedy, Kerry, Richardson, Pelosi, etc., etc., etc., are no different. Except that one of them MAY be trying to endear him or her self in order to be considered for the VP slot.
    They should be ashamed. But, of course, they don't know what the word shame means!

    May 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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