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. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Dear Nancy...shut up...signed thinking Americans....

    August 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. oliver

    people! leave Nancy alone, she is doing a heck job.hehehehehe

    August 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    If she is planning on influencing the texas vote for Obama she can forget it. Texas is a conservative state and will not vote for the most liberal canidate to ever run for the presidency of the U.S. "OBAMA".Plus everybody I know that has a brain, works and is not on welfare in texas "PUKE" at the mention of PELOSIO"S name. Besides that texans don't like to be called racist uneducated crackers.

    August 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. oliver

    People! leave Nancy alone, she is doing a heck of job.hehehehehehe.

    August 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Stacy

    She doesn't care about American's paying record high gas prices because her broom doesn't run on fuel.

    August 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. barb

    Hasn't she caused enough harm? She just wants to be the most powerful woman in DC. That's why she doesn't want Hillary as President or for Vice President....or any other female as a VP for that matter...

    August 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. cecil

    On, Mara Vanderslice, founder and director of the pro-Obama religious group Matthew 25 Network, writes:

    I found this McCain campaign ad "The One" to be one of the most offensive ads we have seen in American politics to date.

    At best, this ad implies that those who plan to support Senator Obama are looking for a new savior or a replacement Messiah. But many are reading it even more darkly as an attempt to portray Obama as an anti-Christ figure.

    A vote for Senator Obama is a vote for the man we think will make the best President, not for a new Messiah. As Christians, we have one Lord And Savior. Jesus Christ. It is blasphemous to suggest otherwise.

    And it is beyond offensive to suggest that Senator Obama is a false Messiah or the anti-Christ himself. How low can we go? It shows the McCain campaign is willing to make a mockery of our faith to feed people's fears. Christians need to reject this out of hand.

    August 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. linda

    Nancy's judge of candidates leaves a lot to be desired. She wanted Obama, go figure! McCain will win in 08 and then we will finally get a viable, intelligent, honest and straightforward candidate with Hillary in 2012.

    August 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. linda


    August 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Greggy V


    You are a waste of good oxygen! Really, you managed to alienate Pro-Clinton factions in the party and now you want to bring your own candidate into the mix!!! PLEASE STOP!!! ENOUGH OF THIS!!!

    August 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    How about getting something good done for our country for a change, instead of 'stonewalling'; Pelosi has enough to do without sticking her nose in this VP situation. Anyone she would pick, Obama had better veto.

    August 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. rexx

    Maybe he will put her on the ticket lol. Sounds like the Dems are getting uneasy already. The polls are all moving toward McCain and the "Chosen one" has NO experience. So now if you losers on the far Left lose this year how will you EVER win back the whitehouse? lol

    August 3, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Raymond Duke

    You had already closed the article with just a few comments on Obama now wants to seat Florida and Michigans delegates fully. This man is a joke. He blocked the revotes of Michigan and florida and had the blacks in michigan on their state senate to vote against the revote. After all the statements racially and sexual statements he made about Hillary Clinton now he wants to give the full seating at the convention. He and Wexler in florida"WEXLER DOES NOT EVEN LIVE THERE AND REPRESENTS FLORIDA' blocked the citizens of florida . Conyers the black guy in Michigan led the charge to not let michigan vote. This was all done thru Obama and , Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosio and Harry Reid. I hope the people of these two states have the guts to vote against this self serving @@@HOLE.

    August 3, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Bob Stephens

    Nancy, why don't you just focus on trying to do your own job....

    August 3, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. JP

    If the papers, tv and internet would quit giving her an outlet to talk we wouldn't have to hear her opinions. I wish she would just shut up. She thinks she runs everything, knows everything and yet gets nothing accomplished. I agree.... who is he and why doesn't Obama just do the right thing and put Hillary on the ticket. If he doesn't he will not win..... but then again do we really want him to?

    August 3, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. :PoeticJustice

    Makes sense actually...keeps former President Bush in the loop.

    August 3, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. stacy

    Bound for her to come up with someone off the wall that no one has
    a clue about. She is clueless.

    August 3, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. tim

    Chuck Hagel from Nebraska would be a wise person to take.....

    About the new McCain ad.... If I donated to the McCain campaign and saw this, I would ask for my money back. Why aren't you (Reps) mad as *ell about him wasting your money?

    August 3, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Lexington KY

    Oh great 2 unknows running as the democratic ticket

    August 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. obama 2008

    looks like you have a lot of things to say about the democratic congress that has only had the majority for the last "TWO" years. what you failed to mention is that almost all of the problems we are facing is because republicans have had the majority for the last "12" years, and the white house for the last eight. doesn't shock me at all that you idiots would try to blame dems for it, you guys were dumb enough to vote for bush twice. also, to all you dodos who say you are democrats and won't support obama, suck it up, we will when with or without your help. "JUSTSAYNODEAL.COM" vote for McSame, he won't win, and you will not get the chance to vote for clinton in 2012 because Obama will be running for re-election you bitter fool.
    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. California Voter

    And so whoever he is, will help Obama win? Isn't Hillary the one that pulled in about 18 million votes? What is Pelosi thinking?

    August 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Frank, San Diego

    Much as I admire Madame Speaker, I think she is speaking out of turn.

    Obama should choose the running-mate most likely to ensure victory over McCain. The vice-presidency is not an award for prior good works.

    By this standard, I believe that Obama should re-examine Senator Clinton. I was originally an Edwards supporter. But all Democrats now have to focus on the only question that matters.

    How do we redeem America's honor? It is certainly not by allowing a hate-mongering smear artist like John McCain to win the presidency.

    August 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Peter

    To all the PUMA people out there. SHUT UP! If your willing to go through 4 more years of Bush JUST so Hillary MIGHT run in 2012 means you are the lowest form of life EVER! I can place money on it that most of you are bluffing but for those of you which arent i hate you deeply

    August 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Sue

    As an educated female, Clinton was never my choice. Any other female would have been better then her. Pelosi is just crazy!

    Barack will do just fine on his own picking out his running mate.

    August 3, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. notbitter

    After throwing Hillary under the bus, she needs to just shut up. There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women

    August 3, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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