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. Chris, Middletown, CT

    One choice – Kathleen Sebelius – truthful...no sniper fire stories...and actual "experience" (go figure HRC supporters....she's not trying to claim her husbands experience as her own..)

    June 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Jim

    Too bad. Edwards would make a great VP.

    June 6, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. TJ Johnson

    We can see, then, that Edwards doesn't really believe in Obama after all. Edwards is just another politician and would run after Hitler if Hitler was the democrat nominee. Shame, shame!!

    June 6, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. LB

    While I wish he would agree to the VP. He clearly doesn't want it. He would be an excellent attorney general though and he would probably love to put Cheney on the stand....

    June 6, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. I like Edwards, but glad he won't be VP

    Obama has done something amazing already. Regardless of any 'new' dirt they may have on him, he is clearly the one that has kept his promise to 'Change' politics as we know today.

    The world is watching. The game of politics has been forever changed because of Obama!

    The VP spot is important, and the Obama camp knows it. Who ever he picks, he will have my vote. No more Bush/Cheney politics!

    June 6, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Raymond Duke

    He might as well. He would just be on another losing ticket. By the way that is all we need in washinton D.C is another lawyer. Why do you think this country is so screwed up.I love cnn pundits saying john McCain needs to overcome his age issue. Last time I checked most people or not under 30 and or not black. So what cnn should be saying if they were not so baised is " how can Obama expect to win with only the black vote,ultra liberal vote and a bunch of unreliable college kids. All of these groups are of minority size compared to the majority of people they cricised and turned away. The blue collar white americans , older americans and the female voters and all the republicans. That sounds like it might be a more legimate question but I won't hold my breath for anybody on cnn to ask that question. The only one who might ,who is fair and balanced would be LOU DOBBS>

    June 6, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    what's with the drum beat for VP's. give it a rest already!

    cnn, why don't you put on the ticker the news about the new commissions' report that says bush and his cronies(criminals) deliberately lied about the war.

    mcsane gave and still gives strong support for this war and it's still going on over lies. this is insanity!

    June 6, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Judy

    Obama v McCain that is just gossip. Even if it's true it's a little dumb for Hillary to wait until August and drop something. That's not Hillary if she had something she would have done it by now. Her goal is to be President she would have launched what she could to prevent Obama from making history. No matter what happens now Obama has made history and it can't be erased. Sure scandal could happen but history will always record that her rise was due to his fall. Hillary doesn't want the history written that way. She wants it to say she won it on all fronts. She is holding the delegates to the convention so that she can be part of the platfrom (it's smart politics) - she will release them at the convention and the place will go crazy and she will have made history as well. Think about it-it's a great way for her to be a part of history.

    June 6, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Ragshaw

    Why does media even give importance to thisopportunistic politician who has twice failed in trying for predidential nomination and once failed as vice-presidential candidate. He did not help John Kerry in any way by counter-attacking the swift boating and also could not net a single state for all his charm and being a "white southerner".

    Even in 2008, he conveniently sat on the fence when Obama and Clinton were fighting for the nomination and came forward to endorse Obama only when it was sure that he would be the nominee.

    Edwards can't even win his senate seat back, he should retire or start practicing law again for he doesn't deserve a place in any future democratic administration

    June 6, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. I'm from NC

    He never did anything for us in NC anyway. I say run him off like they ran HRC off

    June 6, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Leena

    It doesn't matter if she releases her delegates or not. Either way, it's her right just like past candidates.

    And why is Obama saying "Everybody needs to settle down"? It sounds arrogant and rude and he can't afford that. Besides the fact that he was a part of the process to get people all riled up and excited.

    Edwards I don't blame you. You did your job and I thank you for running both times and contributing to the process.

    June 6, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    I'm already tired of this insane media frenzy about the VP slot. Yes, it's an important decision but not one to made quickly or lightly. The speculation about Clinton, Edwards and others is just ridiculous. Obama has calmly and clearly stated he will go through the standard process and announce his decision down the road...so let's move on to the issues that voters REALLY care about...let's get on McCain's back and stay there!!

    June 6, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Gerry

    John Edwards will make a great attorney general.

    June 6, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Janey

    I am not a democrat posing as a republican. I am a former Mich democrat-will be voting republican this Nov. Why on earth should Clinton democrats vote for Obama? The dem party treated both Clintons like dirt–accusing them of being racist–after 8 years in the White House fighting for AA. Where is the respect and loyalty of the democratic party to their past successful leadership? They have shown no loyalty, so the people of America are not obligated to show Dems any loyalty. I am glad JE does not want to be VP. He would be good, but would be supporting a losing candidate again. Good luck Mr Edwards-to you and your wife and God Bless America.

    June 6, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Betty

    Level headed man – thank GOD he isn't trying to strong-arm or hold the party hostage !!!

    Best wishes for John Edwards and Elizabeth.

    June 6, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Bill Jay

    John Edwards is a red neck.......still has that I don't like the women thing.

    June 6, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Bill G

    Great news. Now Edwards can go home and sue some more doctors.

    June 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Montana is Obama Country

    ... John Edwards for Sec. of State... or Attorney General...

    June 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. oil rules

    He was already a loser once and couldn't even carry his home state(s). I think he counts NC and SC. One radical liberal is enough. Since Nobama is one of the most fanatical liberals ever to get on the ticket, maybe he can find someone to bring him a bit more to the center. He's extremely fortunate he's not going against Romney.....

    June 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Timothy

    I have learned that there are many Republicans posing as angry Clinton supporters trying to keep us divided. Do not believe it. There are some Repubs who are desparate and will try anything because they know they are toast this year. They think we are dumb enough to vote McCain in because of their bogus posts. Democrats will be united in November! Get ready for defeat McCain, Bush, Cheney and the politics of the past! It is going to happen. Accept it now or later, it really doesn't matter.

    June 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Felix

    that was the guy! please think that again, OBAMA EDWARDS is the real dream ticket.

    June 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |


    June 6, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. JC FROM NJ

    Everybody already knows that John Edwards wants to be the Attorney General. I am not surprised.
    And come on everybody this October surprise/ Rev Wright/ Flag Pin controversy stuff is all getting so old. Realize he is an honest and gracious man and please come up with legit reasons not to vote for him.
    Go Obama 2008/2012!

    June 6, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |



    June 6, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Chris

    Maybe Edwards says he has no interest in the position because Obama's campaign team already told him he had no chance. Edwards has always been a sleezy politician who spoke out of both sides of his mouth. He constantly says he wanted to help the poor, but ask some of the poorest people in his home community what they think of him and how much he's done in his home state when he was Senator. In his fomer life he was an ambulance chasing lawyer. Maybe he can do us all a favor and stay in Spain.

    June 6, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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