Edwards Has Not Ruled Out V.P. Run

By Lee Speigel

Jun 15, 2008 12:18pm

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports: 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards this morning left open the possibility of a second run for the position. "I’d take anything he [Obama] asked me to think about seriously," Edwards explained in a "This Week" interview with George Stephanopoulos.

The former 2008 presidential candidate was quick to clarify, however, that he is not actively pursuing the job. "But obviously this is something I’ve done and it’s not a job that I’m seeking."

As the veepstakes continue to heat up, Edwards said Obama should be left to make an independent decision. "Senator Obama … has earned the right to make this decision for himself.  I think he has enormous choices available to him, really great choices available to him.  And I think he’ll go through this process in a thoughtful, orderly way, and he’ll decide who he wants to be his running mate.  And that’s exactly how it should be done."

In a separate interview, former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson offered a more emphatic response on his vice presidential intentions. "It’s presumptuous for a person to turn down things that haven’t been offered to them, and I don’t think will be offered," he said. "It’s not something that I want."

Thompson also joked about his rivalry with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the campaign trail. "John wasn’t that generous with me when I was running against him, you know."

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