Politics & Government

Edwards says he won't be vice president

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has ruled out being Barack Obama's running mate, according to interviews carried by two leading Spanish newspapers on Friday.

“I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won't do it again,” Edwards was quoted by El Mundo as saying.

Edwards, who ran for vice president under Sen. John Kerry four years ago and was a presidential candidate this year, had been named as a possible running mate for Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Edwards praised Obama as a “visionary” whose “potential is unlimited,” the El Mundo interview said. He told the paper he would do anything possible to help the Obama campaign, other than joining the ticket.

Aside from Edwards' denials, The New York Times reported other reasons to doubt an Obama-Edwards ticket.

David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist, worked for Edwards in the 2004 cycle, a relationship that did not end amicably. And Edwards was not seen as a team player when he was on the Kerry ticket.

Kerry had hoped Edwards would attract rural voters, but there is little evidence he did so. And this year, Edwards fared well with male voters, while Obama needs more help attracting female voters. The New York Times contributed.