August 4th, 2008
02:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Despite Pelosi plug, congressman shrugs off VP speculation

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(CNN) - Rep. Chet Edwards, who got a major plug as a potential VP contender Sunday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, shrugged off questions about a potential spot on the ticket Monday – but did not deny interest in the job, or the possibility that he might be on Barack Obama’s shortlist.

“I am deeply grateful to Speaker Pelosi for her gracious comments about me and my work in Congress in behalf of veterans and military families,” he said in a statement released by his office, adding that “Senator Obama has earned the right to manage his own vice presidential selection process, and out of respect to him, any questions about the process should be directed to the Obama campaign.”

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."

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soundoff (53 Responses)

    oboma will make the right decision for who he want to be his vp. people need to grow up and relize this is about our future. who wants american to remain tarnished as it is, we need a new president and that person is oboma

    August 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. jani

    Hussion Obama list.
    1- Don King V>P
    2- Flavor Flav D minster
    3-alsharpton finanace minster
    4- J Jackson family valu mister
    5-Fat cow oprah healt Minster

    August 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Elightened

    To the "DOPE", "HILLARY ALL THE WAY". You need to reverse that comment on "pompous" and "Idiot, unless you are making reference to yourself, and others LIKE YOU. YOU will have a "PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA", come January 2009, whether you like it or not. To scratch up "Negatives", "LIES" in reference to Senator Obama, won't make you appear any more "Intelligent" but an obvious "IDIOT". But "JEALOUS" and "ENVY" on. "HILLARY CLINTON" is an idiot, and anyone who supports her is a "DOUBLE IDIOT". Get used to an "OBAMA" PRESIDENCY. You "WILL HAVE ONE "BOUSNIK". again, whether you like it or "NOT"

    August 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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