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. Steven Pentecost

    The long awaited arrival of the 1st female Speaker has proven extremely dissappointing for this life long Dem. Why anyone would seek or accept her advise is beyond me. She has provided no leadership on war or peace, totally ignoring the multitude of monstrous problems we face, caving in to the ultimate dunce Shrub. When the Congress races to embrace the obvious disregard of our Constitution [see Art. 1 and war making, 4th Amendment,and on and on] it gives pause and makes you wonder just how the hell these cowards can so easily turn their back on the men and women who have and are serving in our nation's armed forces. Each of the aforementioned have sworn to uphold this nation's laws as set forth in this document and instead, make a mockery of said oath. God may save the Queen, but let's hope he smiles on Obama and retires the bribe accepting MaCain to a happy life with the woman with whom he conspired. The adultrous officer and gentleman[what a joke] can go fish! No Texan can help O no matter how honest and well-meaning he may be. Our House is completely OUT OF ORDER! Let's all do our duty and vote for an elite mind, not another bubba-been there-done that.

    August 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Carl

    I went to Texas A&M while there was a heated race with Chet Edwards and another person (sorry, cannot remember her name) back in 2004.

    The district spoken above is also part of the Bryan/College Station area.

    From what I remember, it was a nasty affair. Both sides accused of illegal activities and money scandals and everything.

    People were calling for his head back in 2004 and 2006. He did not represent central Texas very well, even if his ideologies carried greater merits for the whole country.

    Maybe he's good enough and a veteran to be the VP, but I can tell you he was barely liked in the areas he represented.

    August 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. ben

    EXPERIENCE I have heard this word used so often in this campaign both in primaries and in now prelude to the national election. The claim was Hillary had more than Obama, and now McCain has more than Obama. Let me tell you about EXPERIENCE We have had EXPERIENCE

    August 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. RapidRay

    "So, anyone of them, I'm fine with."

    PS: I really, really, really, really, really like Edwards. Hint hint, nudge nudge, say no more, eh?

    (...apologies to Monty Pythons Flying circus...:)... )

    August 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Proud American

    I dont care what anyone says this woman has more cojones than 95% of the men in Washington. And I love and respect her for it!

    August 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Terry

    Oh Pelosi, shutup already. You made all these promises to take on Bush with Iraq, etc and all of you Dems we elected to do so back in 2006 ended up backing down and letting Bush get his way. You are irrelvant. There's no way I will be stupid twice and vote for someone who promises us the WORLD. That means I'm not voting for Obama. I would have voted for Hillary in a heart beat. Now I'll be voting for McCain. It's all about the person to me and if I trust them. The Koolaid man has made so many promises and flip flopped on so many issues there's no way I will vote for him. Thanks for helping to create us PUMAs. Maybe somedays the Dems will get their act together again like when we had a CLINTON in the White House..

    August 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. dollorbil

    Yea, Chet would make a good cantidate. He tries to do the right things which is unusual in the Congressional family. Personally I think he ought to be running for president. Go Chet Central Texas and the country need you.

    August 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Brad

    Can't we just get her to shut up? She and her party promised the American voters the moon, and handed us a bread sandwich with nothing between the bread. Oh, they gave us change, allright. Lets see, failed banks, failed energy policy, failed approval ratings, failed to get anything done. They gave us change, thats for sure. And she's the head democrat running the gaggle they call Congress. Vote her and her breed out! They do nothing. She's telling everyone that off shore drilling isnt what American voters want, but her own state overwhemlingly wants off shore drilling to occur!! What America does she represent?

    August 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. RJ, CA

    Pelosi should have explained a bit abou the "Veterans" benefit bill that she says Chet Edwards "champions."

    The “new veterans/GI” bill is part of the latest overall war-funding bill – NOT a bill entirely for veterans. And putting emotion aside for a moment, we might also consider this:
    • The Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary estimate showing the new “GI bill” would cost $51.8 billion over 10 years, with annual cost increases adding another $7 billion by 2018.
    • That would make it the most expensive new entitlement program created by Congress since the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003.
    • Almost everything in this war-funding bill (of which the GI bill is only a portion), including about $163 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, would be added to a deficit that is estimated to hit $410 billion this year.
    • Budget experts outside Congress state that the nation now faces $53 trillion in unfunded federal liabilities over the coming century.
    • Some economic experts state that, "No matter how laudable the intended purpose and no matter how important the targeted population is, the absolute last thing we ought to be doing is expanding entitlement benefits.
    • They further state that “It does not necessarily ‘honor’ veterans to borrow Chinese yuan to pay for these benefits."

    Typical ultra-liberal spend-spend philosophy - never mind that there's no money to pay for anything - WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES!

    August 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Rocky

    This twit would be the last person I would listen to. This is the same person who made all the first hundred days promises after the 06 election, which she apparently forgot after about 100 seconds. Pelosi has been the lead clown in this do nothing Congress. The title speaker of the house used to mean something, she has taken this Congress in the wrong direction and it will cost Obama the election.

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. REALLY proud now

    You have done enough harm.

    stop already

    August 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. The Independent One

    Clinton or Bloomberg Obama! One has high popularity and good smarts, the other has high smarts and good popularity. JUST DO IT OBAMA!

    August 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. The Independent One

    Either Hillary for the super votes, or Bloomberg for the super mind! Hillary or Bloomberg! Hillary or Bloomberg!

    August 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Milwaukee

    Who the heck is this guy?

    August 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. The Independent One

    Hillary to unite! Bloomberg to fix our highways and infrastructure! Hillary or Bloomberg, Hillary or Bloomberg!

    August 3, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. The Independent One

    Hillary for health care, Bloomberg for road care! Hillary or Bloomberg, Hillary or Bloomberg!

    August 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |

    She's the biggest loser of them all. Go away...
    with any luck she will lose her seat.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    August 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. PUMA 4 HILL

    Pelosi is the biggest joke of all the left nuts.

    With any luck she'll lose her seat.

    August 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Paul

    Who would listen to Pelosi anyway , she has emerged as the most useless speaker of the house and the approval ratings of congress are the lowest ever.
    Her meddling in the primaries were disgusting and helped Obama become the nominee.
    She is one of the many reasons I have left the Democratic Party..!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Paulina

    Who would listen to Pelosi anyway , she has emerged as the most useless speaker of the house and the approval ratings of congress are the lowest ever.
    Her meddling in the primaries were disgusting and helped Obama become the nominee.
    She is one of the many reasons I have left the Democratic Party..!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. sssss

    well all we saw from her talk thats all. we need someone real and powerful to run with Obama

    August 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Ed

    I don't think Nancy Pelosi is a loser at all. She's had to deal with a stubborn bunch of Republicans who have not given in to anything for the last four years, out of some kind of childlike tantrum. Then, she's got to pick up the mess the Clintons left with their negative campaign and Bill's weird antics. I'd say she's doing pretty good given the circumstances.

    August 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. yankeegirl15

    Shut up PUMAs you can't stand that some other woman EARNED her position WITHOUT riding her husbands coat-tails and staying with a lying cheat. KISS OFF

    August 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Alice in Florida

    Who cares what this stupid woman has to say? She should impeach herself!

    NOBAMA No Matter WHO Is His Choice For VP!

    August 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    Hey justsaynodeal, your voting preferences seem widely contradictory. You might want to rethink your 2008 preference. Get over it puma, why would you want to vote the opposite of your own views?

    August 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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