August 3rd, 2008
05:13 PM ET
14 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. Susan

    If not Hillary, Obama will lose million of voters. Pick Hillary so he can win.

    August 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Jared

    It's pretty bad when W has a higher approval rating than you do in Congress, Pelosi. Now sit down and shut up. I thought you were supposed to be on vacation anyways. It must be nice to be able to take a month off while people in this country struggle to pay bills. Nobody from the House is on the shortlist because none of you deserve it.

    August 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. The Obvious Choice

    And SenObama will make the right choice.He aways does!
    Just like he is right to not have Billary on the ticket! Her kind of politics is not what Obama is about besides Bill wont know his place!
    NO to Empty Suit McCain who's so called 'Experience' didn't tell him that his gas tax holiday was a Terrible Idea!
    YES to Obama who has better judgment better understanding of the issues we face today!

    Obama 08/12

    August 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Denver Dan

    I think most Democrats wanted Obama/Edwards in 2008, but they were hoping for John, not Chet. Why won't John Edwards fight back against the tabloids? He's only making himself look guilty by staying silent on the issue.

    August 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Raleigh

    How's that book sellin' for ya Pelosi?

    August 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Kent Taylor

    Pelosi's thoughts are respected and honored by long-term democrats. I value her ability to help to unite the party. Until a final decision is made, all should be consider.

    August 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Vig

    Hillary Clinton will get my write-in vote in November and Nancy Pelosi should know better than to promote ANOTHER male into the power chamber. Here we go again. It's been more than 200 years and these power hoarders continue to exclude competent women leaders. Nancy Pelsoi is nothing more than a good ole boy and Obama is nothing more than an affirmative action candidate.

    August 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. The Independent One

    Hillary for the environment! Bloomberg for business! Hillary or Bloomberg, Hillary or Bloomberg! Hillary for the left! Bloomberg for the center! Hillary or Bloomberg, Hillary or Bloomberg!

    August 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    Ms. Pelosi,
    Please stay in your own shop, and help Hillary help the Senate and the rest of the country. No more help from you; we'll call you once your inaction aftereffects have been overcome.
    Ronny from Maryland

    August 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Great input by Pelosi!

    August 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Brad's a loser

    Where has your head been Brad? Oh that's right you've had it under a rock!!!!! Your guy started the bank scandal. He is about to bankrupt this country too. Wake and smell the roses fella.

    August 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. robert

    sounds like chet edwards is everything thqt obama is not.

    August 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. H


    August 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. rich, ca


    her state is california. last poll i saw says 51% favor offshore oil drilling.

    that is hardly "overwhelming".

    August 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. texas DEM


    August 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Oregon here

    Although I do not know this guy, she does have a point about looking at the House of Reps for a running mate. In my opinion, the Senate needs to keep all of it's numbers.

    Obama 08

    August 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Wishing I could vote for Obama

    I just thought I liked her.....If Obama does not pick Clinton, then go McCain...

    August 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Steve

    Brad & the like need a course in Government 101. Pelosi & the rest of the democrats in the House are not to blame for the the inaction in Congress. Two basic causes of the legislative gridlock: 1) We have a mixed government presently: One party controls Congress, the other controls the executive branch. If they have different policy agendas or see themselves constantly engaged in political rivalry , not much is going to get done. 2) George Bush is the biggest enemy of bipartisanship I can remember & he holds most of the cards when it comes to legislative action. He is also responsible for the atmosphere of distrust that exists amongst our legislative leaders & representatives.

    August 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Harvey in Va

    please just stay out of this and let BHO do his already screwed the house of rep up so dont mess with the vp


    August 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. john

    She needs to get on her broom and fly home for vacation and stay there forever

    August 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. jason, tx

    justsaynodeal... um, you vote for McCain and you vote for stupidity.

    I am sick of everyone blaming Pelosi for stuff. The Republicans in congress have blocked everything and Bush has vetoed any kind of progress the congress could have made. It's not the dems fault.

    My only beef is they didn't hold impeachment hearings on Bush and Cheney. That's where I have a beef with them.

    August 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. DfD (Democrats for Deportation)

    She's too busy saving the world!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Fay Tx

    Nancy Pelosi had lots of praise for Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas.
    someone needto take your place Nancy and take Harry Reid wth you

    Go Away!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    She has a hidden agenda. I really don't care for this lady. She has not shown the democrates anything but lip service since she has been in office.

    August 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. June

    I hope they get rid of Pelosi after the election, she is such a liar and a fake, she said so many times on national TV that it will be unfair to the nominee if one should suggest to them to pick a VP, so why is she sugesting now for Obama? she also said on national TV that Hilary will not be a good VP for Obama , that she thinks they will not be good together, then she lied on the Today Show and denied she said that ,also in the View she denied it again, that woman is such a flip flop and a air head, how on earth was she elected as speaker in the house? they better get rid of her real soon, she is very bad for the democratic party, I hope she reads this message, and know she is not a favorite person in america.

    August 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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