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. Mark Kahle

    Obama v McCain – you could not be more wrong, she is keeping her delegates, because it gives her the ability to continue to pay back her campaign debt...without keeping her deletegates she can no longer get campaign contributions as if she was still running.

    Get your facts straight..

    Obama 08'

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. no party affiliation.

    I think more will come out on obama, But you are dead wrong thinking mrs. clinton has anything to do with it! She may suspect something may be down the pike, but honestly with all the controversy surrounding this unknown, I expect theres loads of stuff we are gonna find out about obama, she is smart to hold onto her delegates anyway. It makes more of an impact if she turns them over at the convention. She will make history doing it. Mrs. Clinton is of great importance to this country and the dem party. I hope with all the blood sweat and tears she has put into her time serving our country, that at the very least, the people who did vote for obama (the superdelegates) mainly will just keep their mouths shut! She has done more for this country than obama ever has and poss ever could. So just let it be and get over yourselves. You won the delegates by supervotes only. She had a much better second half than first half of the election,and for those of you on board the obama express that should be sounding alarms. The super delegates what can you say. Old politics. choosing caroline kennedy to help with vp process. old politics( the oldest and most politically powerful family) real change there! Hes just not showing me! Mrs, Clinton needs to do what ever she needs to do, and Obama needs to woo clinton voters with some substance, they say his voters more intelletual, I think not. They voted on a dream. Clinton voters want answers!

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. tic

    Finally I see a picture published on CNN.com where Hillary barely falls short of looking like a bitter obsolete old lady. Would it be because the Obama CNN crusade is very aware that Hillary is now a very much needed piece for Obama?

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Mary in CT

    Re: Obama v McCain:
    I'm all a-twitter! There have been rumors for months about some bombshell awaiting Sen. Obama. Despite the general consensus about the media's role in the democratic primary, the media's only interest is reporting what will sell papers and increase viewership, and above all to scoop the competitor. The fact that there are rumors tells me the Repubs have nothing, because it would have been leaked by now. They're just trying to unsettle democrats and keep the specter of Obama's "secret past" alive to keep their own disaffected constituency interested. The chances are at least as good that McCain has a few juicy tidbits in his closet.

    June 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. GCG - Austin, TX

    To "Obama v McCain," I have to laugh whenever anyone posts anything about a candidate "releasing" their delegates. They don't OWN the delegates, they don't CONTROL the delegates. They might be able to ENCOURAGE or INFLUENCE the delegates to change their votes, but the delegates, once elected in the county/state conventions, can cast their votes HOWEVER THEY WANT!

    Also, on this "August/October Surprise" issue, we've been hearing about this "new surprise" coming out about every other week during the primaries. If there was a surprise, it would already be out.

    Hillary isn't going to encourage her delegates, tomorrow, to cast their vote for Obama, but that won't change the fact that he will get the appropriate number of votes at the convention and will then be the nominee in fact as well as in name right now. We can still be united as a party and have delegates cast their votes for Hillary at the convention. It would be a show of respect and support for the campaign she has run, and does not hurt anything in the grand scheme of things.

    Stop the echo chamber and conspiracy theories. We've had enough of those, let's drive to the General!

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Pat Overland Park KS

    Senator Edwards has stated for quite some time that he does not want the VP spot and that he would like to be attorney general.

    He would make a great attorney general. I believe that would be a great spot for him in the Obama administration.

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    They both wear flag pins.

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. New Day

    He would make a fine Attorney General, Secretary of State, or Poverty Czar

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. jean jeffers

    I would like to let the rest of the world what most are thinking about the what your station did to Hillary Clinton, which she did not get near the exposure that they gave to Obama, well I do not care to watch a station who is so one sided. I will not vote for Obama , I will go to the poles to vote for John McCain and I cannot stand him, so you should know how I feel about what our elected -so-called delegates did to keep a woman out of the White House as president, she won that fair and square. And as for her husband, he should not be put in the middle of what his wife is doing. Bill Clinton has been put down since his name came into view to top political holders, well, boys if you cannot stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen and let a woman take over and do what the men cannot do at this time. I do not think black adds anything beautiful to our White House, comeon people stand up and speak how you feel at this time. JJJeffers

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Jim

    Obama/McCain, are you really that naive? Do you really think there is
    something out there and the Clintons knew about it and would not have used to get nominated? And don’t tell me about another RV Wright because people knew about it; the Obama campaign knew about it, the media knew about it but initially ignored it. There are people out there who, in pretense of a dark cloud around him are hiding their racist attitudes and I hope you are not one of them. The man run a great campaign; give him credit for it.

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Fella from Chicago

    I'm a Republican and will vote for McCain in November, but I deeply respect John Edwards and the principles he stands for. Thank goodness he won't be on the ticket with Obama because that would have sealed the deal for the Dems in November. There's not a lot of well known young respected politicians like Edwards out there. No Obama supporters, Barack isn't one; not even close.

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. deb

    EBC- Ditto

    June 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Brian D Alger II

    I strictly beg, it needs to be you on the lower end of the ticket John Edwards. You alone can compliment Barack and bring him to victory. You are both remarkle men with the similar interest, and someone who can play part of Baracks ideas of change. They don't see his substance, like you and I do, they just see his youth and inexperience. I would rather someone who taught constitutional law and swears to abide by it in office than a war hero looking to create more war and not resolve peace in the middle east. Hillary will have a place in Health Care Administration, and she will be very happy with that as I think we all will be. Please step up for this time of urgency, and take your role as vice president.

    Obama and Edwards would win 2008

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Walt

    Attorney General Edwards, let's roll!!

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    Senator Edwards has DEEP respect for Senator Obama and they understand that Edwards is best in a position to do greater things in a non-VP slot. Edwards has boosted Obama to record numbers and his supporters have rallied around OBAMA. I love it! Others should take judicial notice...

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Illiniois Dem-Libral

    the reason she can not release is financial reasons, she is in debt and if she realease her delgates she can not raise money to pay her bills. Duh!!!!!! It is not the vile, hatefulled reason obama supporters want to make out to be. The other reason is an historic one, to have her name submitted at the convention as the First Women in History to have her name submitted which for all little girls growing up can see that a Women has gotten far though we still have a long wait to go. So Stop attacking her all the time and use that energy to elect Obama, he did not get a big bump in the polls as expected this is going to be a very tight race so put your engery there, something good instead of all this hate.

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Jim, Burlington NC

    Attorney General – John Edwards
    Vice President – Kathleen Sebelius

    Defense Sec. – Sam Nunn
    Transportation/Energy Sec. – Al Gore
    Treasury – Micheal Bloomberg
    Education Sec. – Bob Cary
    Sec. State – Bill Richardson
    Veterans Affrs. – Max Cleland
    Homeland Security – abolish this joke
    Interior/Agriculture Sec. – Tom Daschle
    Commerce/Labor – Bill Gates
    Health and Human Services – Dr. Howard Dean
    Housing and Urban Dev. – Joe Manchin

    First Vacancy on Supreme Crt. – Hillary Clinton
    Second Vacancy Supreme Crt. – Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    Third Vacancy Supreme Court – Harry Reid

    Now THAT would be a dream ticket...

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Interesting

    I guess you know Obama is a loser in the presidency like your good ol buddy Kerry. Why make the same mistake twice.

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Why

    Who wants him anyway? He couldn't even carry his own state. He is a do nothing candidate.

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Edwards, you're a coward who betrayed your own principles by endorsing that weasel. You've let us all down.

    Vote YES to a moderate Republican who is qualified for the office

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Your out of your mind

    "obama v McCain" – do you HONESTLY believe there is ANYTHING out there on Obama that the Clinton machine didn't already dig up and sling at him.

    I think her "RFK" comment explains all we need to know about why she won't release her delegates. Stop your scare politics.

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    what a great attorney general he would make

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Always4Hil

    She is keeping her delegates because anything could happen between now and August, and besides that, even if her delegates were given to obama, none of us could stomach voting for him. Hillary 2012

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. San Fran Loves Obama!

    Edwards is a noble man. Too bad he is not interested.

    PLEASE do not pick Hillary for VP – this will contradict everything Obama's campaign stands for. After her lack of recognition that Obama is actually our nominee, is she really someone that he can trust as VP? Her ego will not permit a 2nd spot.

    June 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Dorfmann

    It is quite disquieting to see such a qualified person remove their name from the potential VP list. Here was a man who would have provided the perfect balance for Sen Obama and would have been a wise second voice.
    But alas, this is politics, his mind may change. It would be a good thing for Mr. Edwards to be in an important position within the Obama administration. A strong politician with grace, integrity and experience.

    Obama/Edwards '08 & '12

    June 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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