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. Rob indetroit

    Obama, Bloomberg 08

    August 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |



    August 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Connie

    I wish Pelosi would endorse McBush, Obama would surly win.She needs to worry about Congress she wanted the job, she won't even impeach the crooks.OBAMA 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Michael Templer

    There is not going to be a Clinton 2012 whether McCain wins or not

    someone else will emerge

    it would have been Clinton 2008 if she just apologized for her Iraq vote.

    you can't run a general election campaign in the primary even if what you say in the primary comes back on you in the general

    August 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. KP

    Brad, how can Pelosi get the job done with so many Republican losers in the House.

    August 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    Why is it that whenever we see Nancy Pelosi, she brings out the worst in people.

    Could it be because she is one of the original flip floppers.

    Like as if, anyone believes anything she has to say anymore.

    One of the destroyers of the Democratic Party........

    The Democratic Party was known for elected a leader not SELECTING a leader and Nancy, Dean, Reed, Bazile et al have set out to destroy this party and they have done a good job. They have succeeded ....CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Pete Pratt

    Pelosi should be jailed for aiding and abetting the enemy. Because of her and the democrats refusal to allow drilling offshore and in Alaska, the U.S. is so dependent on foreign oil and we are sending billions of dollars to the middle east only to have much of it used to attack our country and system.
    She is a total disgrace and should be removed from office

    August 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Earl, Manchester, Wa

    Isn't it bad enough we get Senator Obama jammed down our throats by the social engineers now they offer an unknown for Veep. And coming from the person who bought into torture, FISA, bailing out Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and couldn't find time for the impeachment of ANY of Bush's illegal administration or a compromise on oil drilling.

    What a charlatan you are Madam Speaker.

    August 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Fran/Texas

    Why should we listen to anything she has to say? She wrot a book to "America's daughters" and rapped her legs around Obama's neck! She was too evasive on the "View" and refused to answer the question of why she wouldn't support Hillary! Goes to show if her thinking was Hillary has another chance. Come on with that nonsense. Now trying to pull the okey-doke on Bush? Please, the people in Texas don't even know or care about this guy. Besides, he isn't going to have a cake walk this time around if he's running for re-election. All this pandering by the Clinto-turncoats what makes them think any of the states Hillary won will vote for the dems if she's not on the ticket? All the Obama supporters have to go home now. The only one that may get the sympathy vote is Ted Kennedy. Think about it, MA, CA, TX, OH, IN, FL, PA those on the Obama trail better secure their own seats and stop touting Obama...

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. John Wilson

    Nancy Pelosi, a "loser" ?
    Rofl !!!
    Some bitter persons here made my day.

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. mel

    McCain, is going negative for the simple reason he have
    nothing to same concerning the economy. Know GOP knows
    how to take care of home,but maybe some okay,correction.

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Chipster

    Brad, Democrats didn't give you any of those things you've listed. Republicans spent 6 years creating these problems. It's unrealistic to expect corrections in less than 10 months, especially when the Democrats don't have a super majority.

    Republicans had complete control for nearly 6 years! How about giving them a little credit for the disaster they created. Elect a Democratic majority or they still won't be able to turn things around. It's up to the voters.

    August 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Mary

    Brad, you hit the nail on the head. Pelosi is a big do-nothing loser. I hope her state of California votes her out of office. On top of that, she made a sham out of the Democratic primary by urging the super delegates and members of congress to endorse a candidate before the national convention, where they could have voted anonomously. Pelosi is a disgrace!.

    August 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. KW64

    Nancy seems rather out of touch oftentimes. Texas is not in play even with a Texan VP. Edwards does not really broaden the ticket, bring foreign policy experience that Obama lacks or really will create any interest. She said again this week that the surge did not work. Well, a majority of the people think it did; so maybe dropping that talking point would be a good idea. Her get out of town for recess without any measures on drilling for domestic oil and gas; so her members can get blasted at home in their districts doesn't seem like a good move either. 75% of the public wants to expand domestic production. Even if she thinks they are wrong, don't they call members of Congress "Representatives" ? Give the members a chance to represent their voters.

    August 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. GarandFan

    All Hail the Houses of Pelosi and Reid. In the last 2 years, the most open, the most honest, the most transparent bunch of do-nothings in recent memory.

    Hey Nancy! How's about dragging your butt back down to D.C. and start formulating a coherent national energy policy. You know, do what you were selected to do. BE A LEADER! Or is that asking too much? Oh, and how many times are you going to say "It's all Bush's fault"? People are going to get tired of hearing that, especially after he's been out of office for 4 years.....8 years.......12 years.

    Because I actually believe that there are enough stupid people in this country who will continually vote you and your cronies back into office.

    August 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. outsider

    someone need to stand up to the republican war mongers, because they dont have much regards for the lives of american young men and women in uniform, all what they care about is their ideological agender. macbush will start another war with Iran just to re-shape the regio.

    August 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Crush Rush

    Good Choice.

    August 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. kelly WI

    Her botox has slipped into her brain. Maybe Cindy Sheehan will beat her out. Dems always pick flakes.

    August 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Eric

    What possible interest can there be in anything Nancy Pelosi says? She did her best during the primary campaign to divide the Democratic Party, and she's accomplished virtually nothing as Speaker of the House.

    At best she can be described as dysfunctional, at worst destructive, Karl Rove in a dress (and a fairly unimpressive face lift).

    August 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. banderson

    What I don't understand Madame Speaker is that you was so against Senator Obama picking Hillary Clinton for VP and yet you suggest someone whom no one has ever heard of. I am not quite sure how this helps Barack Obama get elected.

    August 3, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. lisaque

    Who cares what Nancy thinks.

    Hillary where are you????

    August 3, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Rob

    why do mccain supporters need to comment about the Democratic VP choice? Worry about your own candidate. He needs lots of help....

    August 3, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. bk

    Don't even talk about Hillary you threw her under the bus in the primaries so you and the DNC could install Obama. I have lost all respect for the Dems.

    August 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Debra

    Ms. Pelosi, you are the biggest liar and hippocrite in the democratic party!!!

    Remember these words?? "The Super-delagates should not overtrun the will of the people" ....well, what was the will of the people 18 million votes later?

    Shut the Heck one cares what you think!

    August 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. interesting

    Trying to be relevant when your book flopped on

    We need to remove you, that is what we need to do.

    August 3, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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