In Spain, Edwards Says El No Es Interesado in Vice Presidency

By Jennifer Parker

Jun 6, 2008 9:36am

Comes our morning delivery of Spain’s El Mundo and El Pais their stories of former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, in Madrid speaking to reporters after a meeting with Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. (Hopefully it wasn’t all work and no play for Johnny Reid Edwards, as the North Carolinian did manage to make his way to Barcelona to speak to a U.S. business group.)

My Spanish is rusty, I must confess, so maybe bilingual readers can help with some translations of the stories HERE and HERE.

Yes, we have translators and Spanish-speakers at ABC News, but I tried using one of those web translators and it was confusing. "Edwards, former senator by Carolina north and former candidate by the Democratic Party, is one of the main supports that has had the virtual candidate of this political party to the White House, Barack Obama."

Okay, well, then let’s rely on the Associated Press translation which reports Edwards said, "I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won’t do it again."

Hailing Obama as a "visionary," Edwards was also quoted as saying, "We don’t live in a dream world and we have a lot of work to do. But Obama’s potential is unlimited."

As for the "Whither Hillary" conundrum so baffling the babblocracy these days, Edwards said, "Hillary Clinton is a great force in the Democratic Party and in the United States, whether she aspires to the vice-presidency or to another position. She is an extraordinary woman, and the role she will play depends only on her and Sen. Obama."

Or, as the web translator put it: "Tough it has been interested for the situation of Hillary Clinton, before what Edwards has commented that its rout itself due to a large extent to that has starred in a campaign in which has acted more with the reason that with the heart."

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

- jpt

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