Edwards Would Not Accept Possible VP Nod

By Lindsey Ellerson

Apr 3, 2008 4:17pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: For the first time since ending his presidential bid, former Senator John Edwards says he will not accept a vice presidential nod on the Democratic ticket in 2008.

Edwards appeared today at the CITA Wireless Convention in Las Vegas, where he was asked if he would accept a VP position, to which he responded no.

But, it wasn’t the first time Edwards was questioned on the matter. During an uphill battle in his second campaign for the presidency, Edwards was often asked if he would consider a vice presidential position, after failing to win a state in the early nominating process. Edwards consistently contended that he was only running for president.

Just last month in an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Edwards said, "I want to serve my country in whatever way I can. Whether it’s in government or out of government, I don’t know which it is," when asked if he would work in either a Clinton or an Obama administration.

In 2004, Edwards ran on the Democratic ticket as a vice president to  Sen. John Kerry.  Former aides to Edwards contended that the former Senator’s views toward being a VP in this election were in part shaped by his experience with Kerry, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama. One aide flatly told ABC News, Edwards has, “had been there done that.”

While his comments today end speculation about sharing a ticket —the more pressing question remains unanswered.  Who will Edwards endorse, should he decide to?

Again today, he declined to answer questions on where he stood in the endorsement process.

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