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. joe m

    why the support for this virtual unknown? sure it would be out of the norm, which may be a good strategy, but are there other reasons? peolosi has not proven to be an effective leader thus far, so the big question is why should anyone take her advice.

    August 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Sandy

    One person i don't trust at all is Nancy Pelosi. This fox in a snake's skin should not be elected again and who cares what she things. Under her leadership, congress has the lowest approval rate.
    She should just shut up and listen to what people say.

    August 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. JFord/NV

    I am in complete agreement with Brad as he sees the situation with an open-mind. Nancy needs to go, she has not been anything but a total failure, and the low ratings that Congress have received can prove that. Actions speak louder than words. Nancy loves nothing more than to put blame on the president and never allow herself to be blamed for the mistakes she has made in the last two years – which is nil because she has done absolutely nothing!. I would not trust Nancy's judgement either regarding her pick for a veep – she has no intellect and should not make suggestions when she, herself, has failed at her job as Speaker of the House.

    If you don't believe what Brad indicated, then you need to listen to the news and be informed as to what he is referring to. I have asked the same question over and over – what have the Demcorats done in the last 18 months since Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker of the House and Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader? Harry Reid claims that oil and gas is making us sick. Oh, please, give me a break – if that is true, why is he still flying around in his jet and struttering around town in a gas guzzling SUV? It is him that is making us sick – don't do as I do, do as I say!

    The price of fuel is up, the cost of food is high, the unemployment rate is at another all time high, people are losing their homes, with the State of NV being the hardest hit, and some banks has been forced to close their doors. In the State of NV, Silver State Bank had to close their doors. A week before that, Bank of NV/First National's Bank was bailed out by Omaha Banks. And, Nancy wants the Democratic Congress to use their "imagination" when voting on whether to drill offshore. Use your imagination? She has got to be kidding – the high cost of fuel is not an "imagining thing" it is the cold, hard fact!

    Impeach, impeach, impeach – that all we hear about Bush among the Democrats, excuse, me, but you need to research the voting records of the Democrats and you will find that the Democrats, with the exception of a few, were just as responsible for the war in Iraq as President Bush. The surge is working in Iraq, but Obama is in denial, and he thinks he has a better plan. Yeah, right, bring the troops home and then, following on their heels the terrorists will be entering our country from every angle.

    I am a registered Democrat, but I must say the Democratic Party is not what it use to be!

    August 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. RuMP

    As an interested Canadian, I'd like to know just what is the cause of the infatuation with Texas as a source for VP candidates.

    I would have guessed that the Democratic party would want to breathe some fresh air into the special cadre of people selected for the top positions in government. Instead, more Texas !

    And where are the women ?

    August 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. wake up

    cant wait for a Dem Pres. house and senate ...stop the repub fillerbusters and veto's

    August 3, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Kenny

    It seems like it is getting harder for Obama to pick a VP when the head of his starts mentioning names. Can't we stop that VP blah- blah and let Obama or his staff pick someone that can help him defeat McCain in November. The country cannot have another Bush/McCain.

    August 3, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Texas

    Does it honestly matter?

    McCain will perpetuate the failed policies of yesterday. I value this country and I am voting for Obama regardless of his vice presidential decision.

    August 3, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Sure, Barrack............Pelosi is really.........the one you want to listen to for choosing your VP. What arrogance! She must think she is the 'one' who knows all.

    August 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Mike in Houston

    I saw Nancy on This Week this morning talking about energy policy. She was the picture perfect poster child of incompetence. She has no idea what she is talking about when it comes to energy independence. Her formula, when you analyze it, is higher energy costs and a lower standard of living for all Americans. The rationale, global warming.

    Get ready America for a United States run by Pelosi, Reid and Obama. Our children will suffer greatly for our foolish choice this November.

    August 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Do your job and shut the hell up..

    August 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Roland

    Chet Edwards would be a fascinating choice. He might even be able to bring in Texas. I think Chet would temper Obama's embrace of Bush's failed faith-based policies. Chet is a champion for a strong separation of church and state. What would the Aggies do if one of their own was up for VP? Further, he would be a fantastic president!

    August 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. chubby

    Maybe oshama should select her as his running mate then they would have two people on the democratic ticket. One who has not accomplished anything and one who is a do nothing . At least they would have the same platform, tax and spend.

    August 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. anyway

    Sorry, It will not be Hillary 2012, We will not voter for her. We will remember how she pulled out the kitchen sink. It backfired on her and she cried foul. If we forget, believe me the GOP, attack machine will make sure remember. The Republicans are so much smarter than we are. They will try and bring Obama down and PUMA will be right there, with them. Then in 2012, they will turn on Hillary and put all of her garbage on the table, while reminding us how Hillary stayed in a race she had know chance of winning. She had lost in February, but no instead of her doing the right thing she caused a division that will not be repaired in a long time. At least through 2016. So Republicans congragulations on your game plan. You have a good thing going.

    August 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Sylvia Johnsen

    I think the Dems should elect a Dems for presidential nominee and VP. And Hillary Clinton should be one of them.

    August 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Das_Trik

    Jdhn Edwdrds cheated on His Wife and Liberal Media is covering it up.

    August 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. mario


    August 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Sn in MN

    Pelosi is an incompetent twit. She's in so far over her head she doens't even know which way is up. She's a blatant afirmative-action plant.

    August 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Nick

    First of all, wondering why anyone thinks it's a good idea to pick a senator (or any legislator)? Both candidates are already senators; they need to pick someone with executive experience, either a governor, a business leader or a general. McCain would do best with the CEO of eBay or Pawlenty. Obama probably would do best with Bill Richardson, Wes Clark or Claire McCaskill. I know Nancy's trying to get the house some representation, I just don't think it's a good idea to have two legislators running the country.

    Secondly, this would bring Obama no competitive advantage. Chet Edwards is a white male from a state Obama won't win anyway. No that white males should be excluded from consideration, but Obama is under a lot of pressure to pick a woman or a minority. If he is going to pick a white male, he should pick one with a great deal of executive experience. I'm not saying this is my mindset, but it is the affirmative action mindset of the Democratic Party.

    August 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Same old politics... from BOTH SIDES

    she wanted to get her name in the paper during recess

    August 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. judy

    Give Matt Gonzales from California the nod for Vice-President!

    August 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Black 35 year old male for McCain

    Obama/Pelosi or Obama/John Edwards. Both of these potential VPs would be quality choices without a doubt.

    August 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Belle

    Californias--PLEASE, PLEASE vote her out of office!

    August 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. JC

    Pelosi needs to stay as far away from any decision Obama makes. She has already made Obama look like a puppet of the DNC. She is just as bad as Bush – her leadership of Congress has been terrible.

    August 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. E.C.Coleman

    And WHO cares what Nancy Pelosi has to say about ANYTHING???
    The BEST IDEA is for the Democrats to Get Rid of Nancy Pelosi for she has Proven To Be the Biggest Nothing in Congress. She's definitely NOT a leader of anything but voicing hate toward President Bush. Nancy Pelosi is a Big Time Loser.

    August 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. CywBenz

    Madame Speaker,

    I support you and the Democrats, but, Senator Obama will need to choose a running mate he is comfortable with, as has been stated by him in the past!

    August 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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