June 6th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards again rules out VP job

Edwards says he doesn't want to be Obama's No. 2

Edwards says he doesn't want to be Obama's No. 2

(CNN) - It may be time to take John Edwards' name off the list of potential vice presidential candidates.

The former presidential candidate, who was the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, continued to flatly maintain has no interest in the job. Traveling in Spain Friday, Edwards told two separate newspapers it’s not a role he is willing to take again. (Related: The rundown on Obama's VP possibilities)

“I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won't do it again," Edwards told El Mundo newspaper. He also made similar comments to El Pais.

The former North Carolina senator's comments are his first on VP speculation since Barack Obama officially clinched the Democratic nomination. Edwards, who ended his own bid in late January , endorsed the Illinois senator's White House bid in May, sending the political world abuzz that the two could team up on the same ticket. (WATCH: Edwards endorses Obama)

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. (WATCH: Edwards' motives for endorsement)

But Edwards immediately sought to quell rumors he was angling for the No. 2 spot, telling an interviewer shortly after his endorsement announced that it "Won't happen…. It's just not something I am interested in."

But he has been more coy about serving for Obama in other ways, specifically as his attorney general.

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Tony Marshall

    He lost already as a V P. No losers on the ticket............Edwards, Clinton NO!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. R.O.B.

    It doesn't matter if John Edwards isn't the VP. He will be valuable in any postition he takes under the Obama Administration.

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Lola

    I hate them both! Two losers anyway!

    June 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    I see post where people are suggesting running mates for Obama. Why would he want Richardson, did he help him in Puerto Rico? Why would he want Edwards who has already lost once as VP? Why would he want Caroline Kennedy who has never served the public in any capacity, never sought to be elected to public office. The Kennedy name is not enough. Obama needs someone who will not out shine him and that is not an easy task. He is a do nothing candidate with the worst resume I have ever seen. I pray Hillary will refuse the offer to be his VP. Obama will not win in November no matter who he selects. McCains choice for VP will be the most important decision in his life. If he could secure Colin Powell as his VP he would secure a win in November and perhaps the first black president could be Colin Powell.

    June 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. vw

    Wright is the only right VP candidate.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. jesus saves

    to those who continue to suggest that rev wright would be the only one to accept the number 2 position under obama, why's that such a bad idea? to put hillary in there would be doing the same so...he keeps it real! America still has some growing up to do, just like most of us here on this blog

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. He is on drugs


    Hahahahaha...made my friday

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Monte - Ex Democrat

    Edwards for VP. Why, he didn't make it with Kerry and had to leave the Senate because the voters of NC were going to NOT re-elect him.
    Bill Richardson would be a good choice, Hillary won New Mexico!!! That would insure McCain a victory in New Mexico. Richardson is finished, can't run for Governor again, is now looking for another home on the tax payers dime. He has no shame.
    Rev Wright will have to give his approval of any VP choice. Obama still seeks his advice. Obama stated he has many friends and family members in "the church", all ties are not cut!

    There is very strong rumor that a tape of Michelle Obama trashing whites is out there just waiting to be released. If there is one, you can bet the Obama networks will sit on until after the Nov. election.

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Terry in NJ

    If Hillary isn't on the ticket, Obama will lose in November. Then you'll have all the Obamanites saying it was Hillary and her supporters fault. Yet now they say no to having her on the ticket and saying we should blindly follow what they want and vote for Obama as they continue their insults of Hillary and us. Nah.. Either stop your crap and realize that Obama needs Hillary. If you think he doesn't then fine.. Remember that come Nov whe he loses without her and blame yourselves for choosing the weaker canidate to begin with and yell at yourselves in the mirror.

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. mary



    June 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. b4change

    What nonsense....wait about a week until after all the current mania begins to fade and more folks will realize that an Obama/Clinton ticket - while sounding like a dream– would be a true nightmare. These polls just frustrate me. A better poll would be once a list of the VP candidates is released and we can all compare the strengths and weaknesses of each. There are plenty of viable candidates who can help retain Clinton supporters AND bring other skills and experiences to the table.

    June 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Dr. M. Badruddoja

    I feelk the best running mate for OBAMA will Ms. Opera Widfrey for following reasons:
    1. She is an woman and as such no one will complain that woman is discreminated
    2. She is from Chicago and very well known to Barak Obama and Michell Obama and are best friends and as such they will get along very well in the White House
    3. She is black and as such BLACK America will not complain that Blacks are neglected
    4. Lastly but not the least that Opera is wealthiest woman in the world. So she can finance the campaign of her own fund and there by the public need not to support the campaign financially and we can spend that money for our daily life

    June 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. debra

    The VP spot is Obamas choice to make and no one elses. I amuses me how everyone tries to interject in their own agenda. If Obama chooses Clinton as VP it will be because he thinks whe is the best person for the job and will insure that we win the general election. If he chooses someone else it will be for the same reasons. Wveryone is getting all bent out of shape for no reason and it is only hurting us from winning against McCain. We are all on the same side now. Chill out. All the comments about Clinton wanting this or that are rediculous and have no basis. Don't be so paranoid. Stop it. Chill. Both Obama and Clinton want the same thing. For the Democrates to win in the General Election. Both Obama and Clinton are two of the best Democrats out there. They are both really great people who want to fix this country. They do not have a gang land mentality and are not part of a mafia. They want what is best for this party and for the country. It has only been three days since the election and these two are tired from months of campaigning. Give them some time to relax before going into the general election.

    June 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Jay

    Smart, he doesn't want to be a looser twice.

    June 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Matt, Manchester, CT

    It's a tragedy that Senator Edwards does not want to run as V.P. with Senator Obama. After all, how is Obama going to win without capturing North Carolina the way Edwards did that for Kerry in 2004??? Come on...

    June 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Phillip

    Bill Richardson would make an excellent VP. Hillary Clinton is out of the question, I'd take Jeb Bush over her as VP at this point.

    June 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Female American


    I'm a woman and don't believe that at all. It was her ca-razy character. Another woman who had better character might've won the nomination.

    I support Obama. And if he didn't win I wouldn't say he lost because of racism.

    Get over your bitterness!

    –Fellow Female American.

    June 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. political junkie

    John Edwards is a smart man. HE was my first choice for
    the Democratic candidate for President. BUT – because
    he was not a novelty 'not the first woman OR the first black' he
    got virtually NO MEDIA COVERAGE...and when I say that this
    primary was media-driven – this is what I mean. His main
    platform was to abolish poverty IN THIS COUNTRY. To go
    after the big drug companies on our behalf, in other words
    to take care of US. The issues that hit us personally –
    every day. But he was constantly in the background of
    this media circus. What a shame for all of us.

    June 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Phillip

    Hillary supporters follow her with religious fervor, but they are tiny in the big scheme of American politics. Obama would lose his base in order to sway a few million disgruntled Hillary voters.

    Not worth it.

    Obama / Richardson 08

    June 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Sebastian

    Barack ....

    From one Columbia grad to another ...

    I recommend that you ask John to join the VP Selection Team .... He has practical experience and it would help his political constiuency feel that their hot buttons were part of the selection process.

    Eric J. Holder for Attorney General

    John Edwards for Secretary of Health & Human Services...

    June 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. martin

    too bad. i really like edwards.he knows how to use a shovel correctly,as he did in new orleans.we need his "shoveling" abilities desperately in washington.i respect his decision,tho, and i hope obama names him poverty czar.

    June 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Phillip

    Edwards is a good man, but he needs personal time. His wife is dying of cancer and he shouldn't be on the campaign trail.

    June 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Do The Right Thing America

    I am saddened that our hopes and dreams have been beaten out of us to the point that an honest person that has not been corrupted by Washington politics is actually being badmouthed and questioned. President Obama is a godsend and he will 'try' and I say 'try' to fix our country because that was a pretty big mess the Republicans left him to clean up.
    Attorney General Edwards will do great! He is a good man and he deserves it!
    Would you all rather see the people in your families sent to a working vacation in Iraq as Bush/McCain promise to do?
    Or maybe you don't think women deserve a choice to determine what to do with their bodies? Hey if that is the case then I am with you and you should vote for the patriot McSame.

    June 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Matt, Chico, CA


    June 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. mCBUSH

    go Obama. Make Mccain cry in November!!!! Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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