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. Mar





    June 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Oregon

    Exactly – a cabinet position. Attorney General's the obvious position for John Edwards. But I could imagine Labor or Health & Human Services as well.

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. georgia

    May God abundantly bless you & your family.
    I echo EBC's sentiment

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Michael

    Obama v McCain: you are SOOOO far off base!

    The reason she is "keeping" her delegates is because he is simply suspending her campaign. By doing so, it still gives her the chance to pay off her debts. That's all.

    Stop with the conspiracy stories.

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. arvind darien ct

    i sure hope there is no august october surprise and that hillary isnt as calculating as this scenario presents, because if that is the case, then she really is a monster, and barack neednt have fired his foreign policy specialist for telling the truth. could anyone really be that evil?

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Mike

    John...you can't decline a job you weren't offered.

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. PaulMo

    Old news, and I'm sure wasn't even in their top 3 anyways. Some names to look for are Kathleen Sebelius, Chuck Hagel, and Mark Warner.

    June 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. AJ

    John Edwards is a hypocrite. He can endorse Obama until he's blue in the face but he won't be on the ticket with him? Edwards main goal in endorsing Obama was to ensure a Clinton loss. What he helped to ensure was a republican win in November. Perhaps he figured he'd have a shorter period to wait before running for President, yet again...

    June 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. John, VA

    You cannot say "no" for something you have not been offered.

    June 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Franklin A. Weston

    I would like to see John Edwards as Attorney General.
    Hillary as Secretary of State.

    June 6, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    All this VP talk is getting out of hand. Sheesh.

    Where's Bill Clinton? He needs to tell everyone to "chill out."

    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Wendy in CA

    I've heard all about the Michele Obama purported tape. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess.

    I'm glad John Edwards is focusing on his family at this time; it's the right thing to do. I wish his family well.

    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    I am grateful that he has declined because I do not see that as a strong ticket for the DEMS and I appreciate the fact that he FINALLY came out and gave his support.

    The VP must be one of sure confidene and be tenacious at times and know how to stay humble at times. I don't see Edwards as this type of guy.


    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Don Fish

    Obama could not find a better VP than Edwards. His humility and unifying attitude is next only to Obama's. On the other hand, Hillary is a self centered person.

    I was shocked by one of her supporter's comments that Hillary is the best candidate not only for Dems, nor American people but for the whole world.

    One question: If the lady can not even put a party's interest first before her personal agenda, how can she be of use to the whole world??? This coming from somebody who is not American.

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Pat

    Smart man, to stay away what ultimately will be a sunken ship. No need to drag down his reputations.

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Jackson

    I really hope Edwards is in his cabinet. He has done wonderful works for the common person during his tenure as a trial lawyer.

    June 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Truth Over Lies

    Yes and there are also big surprises for McCain as Well. Either way a democrat will be in office.

    June 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Yes to Obama

    Is alright that you don't want to be a VP Mr. Edwards. But we still love you.

    June 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. park more

    Oh please get this VP and loose ... You are not right that why you will loose

    June 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    Everyone knows that Edwards wants the Attorney General spot. This is not news.

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Karl Rove

    GOOD becuz John Edwards will always be a loser

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. RB from Ohio

    Who asked yiou anyway?
    Go back to NC

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Char in Kansas

    I believe in John Edwards, always have and always will. While I sincerely believe an Obama-Edwards ticket would be unstoppable, I do respect John and his not wanting the VP position. Don't like it, but have to accept it. He will be great in a cabinet position. And, yes I too think he is the most honest politician we've seen in a very long time. He is so young and there is still much time for there to be a President Edwards. Think down the road to 2012 or 2016. Not that far off.

    June 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Moses, Ca.

    Mr. Edwards,
    take your time, I think you guys will make a perfect match.

    Moses, Ca.

    June 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. park more

    We will remeber what you did after west verginia. You did not respect Hillary' win.... as results No Obama and we will wait for Hillary on 2012. Sad McCain will win

    June 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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