August 3rd, 2008
05:13 PM ET
15 years ago

Pelosi offers Veep support for House darkhorse

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Plenty of high profile names are getting bounced around as Barack Obama’s potential running mate. But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have a lesser-known candidate in mind.

Newsweek and other publications say Pelosi has been lobbying for Rep. Chet Edwards (D – Texas). The 56-year-old Edwards is a 9-term congressman representing a district in central Texas that includes President Bush’s ranch in Crawford.

In an interview Sunday, Pelosi said, “I didn't want to see a discussion of candidates for vice president without showing the House of Representatives… I just wanted people to be aware of the extraordinary credentials of Chet Edwards. And I hope he will be the nominee.”

Pelosi told ABC’s "This Week" that “for years, our colleagues have said to him, why don't you run for president? He is an extraordinarily talented person. He is a champion for veterans in the Congress. Under his leadership, we have passed, including just on Friday, the biggest increase in funding for veterans' health benefits and other benefits in the history of our country. “

Pelosi called him “talented:” and “principled.” Asked if she believed Edwards, not a household name around the country, had a chance to be picked, she said, “Well, I would certainly hope so. But, you know what? Senator Dodd, Senator Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton - there's such a great array of people from whom Senator Obama can choose. So, anyone of them, I'm fine with."

soundoff (344 Responses)
  1. Bob from San Francisco

    NO more TEXANS!!

    August 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Joe in Vermont

    CNN, how many times do Lindsey Granham and John McCain have to tell you, you can't use the word "darK' in anything after this week. Can't use "White Horse" either. There goes something really imiportant, a good bottle of Scotch!

    August 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. joyce

    Pelosi is such a joke!

    August 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    Obama is the best candidate in this election and whoever he picks as his VP will be the best candidate.

    August 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Bill From Fl

    Iwouldn't trust Pelosi's judgement on anything,

    August 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Bendo

    Um dreams of taking Texas from red to blue? Sounds too good to be true, but if it high lights his support for Vets, could mean a big difference in VA and Fla.

    August 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Ryan

    This woman needs to learn no one cares, if she wanted to run things she should have ran for President. I can't stand her and her power trips. She's just as guilty for the partisanship in Washington as George Bush.

    August 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Texas trail puppy!

    McSame's Camp: Wink, wink, Obama is a celebrity( envy), Race baiter( lies), Inexperienced( Gop b.s) by the way did i mention that i know nothing about the Economy and other issues really important to Americans, hopefully if i can keeep them distracted long enough with non-issues maybe i can yet steal this election(HELL NO!).
    Obama 2008. DEMS WAKE UP!!! it's time we started pushing back against the Gop slime machine.

    August 3, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Kevin

    I have just Youtubed the man. He seems qualified.

    August 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. David Hogben, Ph.D.

    What's with all this hogwash about "race card."

    Senator Obama made reference to his skin color. That is legitimate.
    McCain and his suggogate then gave a diatribe about the race card. That is not legitimate. The term race is 1) a social construct that has no validity, 2) socially divisive, 3) scientifically wrong, and 4) a myth. To state that Sen. Obama belongs to the black race is as ludicrous as to say Sen. Lieberman belongs to the Jewish race.

    August 3, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Dave

    I saw the show – Pelosi appeared dishevelled and confused.

    August 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Beca

    I truly believe that Rep. Chet Edwards will be the VP, she is just mentioning the others so people don't get mad about not picking Hillary. I really don't care, I am still not voting for Obama after how the DNC, Pelosi, Obama, and Dean did not do anything about speaking against those trashing Hillary!

    August 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |


    August 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Al

    Pelosi is a big part of the reason I am no longer a democrat. She was/is jealous of Hillary and she worked against her. I would not vote for ANYONE she suggests. The woman should resign.

    August 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. NG in DC

    Nancy Pelosi should go back into her dungeon and play with her whips. She's good for one thing: nothing.

    August 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Russell, NC

    Anybody but Clinton.

    August 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Lynn

    I can't think of any thing nice to say about plastic face Pelosi and do nothing congress. I can remember all of her now broken promises she made in 2004. I was thrilled when she took over as Speaker of the House and what a disappointment She needs to step down and put someone in who will help the American people.

    August 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. carolflowery

    she better worry about keeping her own positiion in california, she hasnt be a great speaker of the house as even dems know very well

    August 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. norml

    he has good creds. with vets.

    August 3, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Republican trash

    Whats the point of replying to these comments on the weekend when they ignored all of them on saturday. Now all it says is permalink? Why have a "leave your comment" here if you are planning to ignor it all?

    August 3, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. K

    CNN is in the tank for Obama. CNN has now become the most unreliable news network behind MSNBC.

    August 3, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. JACK, Texas

    Time to clean house in Washington, "5 weeks vacation for a job well done" give me a break. Vote all of them out and start over.

    August 3, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. energy

    Obama should BAN Nancy Pelosi from speaking for him. First, he offended so many women and core Clinton supporters during the primaries. Two, she is the MOST unpopular speaker in history. Women know why she is against Clinton. Her calculation is that Hillary Clinton as a President or VP automatically puts her claim the the speakership in danger, because she is afraid many may not be comfortable with women holding two of the top leadership positions in the country. Obama should think of winning and NOT what Nancy Pelosi thinks. Think this: How come Ms. Pelosi has not proposed a female candidate for VP? Go figure...whatever happens, her era must end in January!!

    August 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Jack Carlson

    Edwards is similar to the fake Evangelists – pretending to be for the "lowly peopl" and lives like a King off the back fo the "lowly people".

    Pelosi is acting like the ultimate boss (she's not very bright as one can see as well) as well holding up votes that 75% of American People want. The Parliamentary morons need to be extracted from Congress; so should those who support the rich to the point of ridiculousness.

    Jack C
    Portland OR

    August 3, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Good – glad to hear he supports vets health care. Obama supports it too.

    McCain voted against the increast in vets health care. McCain just doesn't understand – he must think they all came back to millionaire wives. That only happened for John McCain.

    Obama '08

    August 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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