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Pelosi suggests Waco Democrat for Obama's running mate

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    June 25, 2008, 12:50AM
    VP talk sparks interest in Waco's Rep. Edwards

    By RICHARD S. DUNHAM
    Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON — There's a Texas lawmaker being talked up as a 2008 vice-presidential candidate in the nation's capital, and it's not the usual suspect, Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    The Texan in question is Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco, a political moderate and a respected Capitol Hill voice on veterans issues.

    Edwards' most powerful backer is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who on Tuesday urged Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to consider Edwards for the No. 2 slot on the presidential ticket.

    Members of the Texas congressional delegation and Lone Star State Democrats quickly joined the Edwards boomlet after Pelosi, a liberal from San Francisco, told a Newsweek reporter that the Texan was the best potential candidate from the House of Representatives.

    "Chet Edwards is a person that many of us think would be a good person to have in the mix," Pelosi told Newsweek's TamCam video blog. "We want the House in the mix, as well."

    Edwards, 56, would bring some political assets to a national ticket. The Waco Democrat is experienced on national security issues, knows how to win votes in Republican territory and is telegenic.

    Many Democrats would relish the irony of having George W. Bush's own congressman — who has defeated a string of well-financed GOP challengers — on their national ticket.

    Edwards, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, said he was "humbled that (Pelosi) and others would suggest that the Obama campaign consider me for their VP list."

    richard.dunham@chron.com
  2. Bach

    Bach Benched

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    More likely it'll be just another Wacko Democrat.
  3. lewpac

    lewpac Benched

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    Is there any other kind????
  4. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Nobody running for president this year is as wacko as the crew we've had. So we are at least safer there....
  5. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    I expect it will be a white male ex-general. That's who I would pick, strictly on the political balance sheet.
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    A token white guy who has a military background? :laugh2:
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    So you are thinking it is Clark?
  8. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    I think he is a very strong contender. Don't know all the other politico Generals out there, but he has strong name ID. Expecially if he wasn't completely incompetant when out in the field.

    I don't think Powell is a possibility (though I would vote for him), and Petraeus still has work to do....

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