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Vice Presidential Suggestion Makes for Lots of Chet Chit Chat

It's a quick blurb on a magazine blog that has thrust Chet Edwards into the spotlight.

The District 17 congressman had his hat thrown into the vice presidential field for Barack Obama, though the Aggie and Waco resident says he hasn't been contacted on the matter by the Obama camp.

Edwards is finding some support from Capitol Hill, including Austin's representative, Lloyd Doggett. He says if there's anything keeping Edwards from the nomination, it's the fact that he's in a state that shows no signs of going to the Democrats.

"I hope that Senator Obama selects him," Doggett said. "If he's not selected, it won't be because of Chet. It will be because we don't quite yet have Texas as blue as the bluebonnets we love each spring."

It was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that suggested a member of the House should be considered for the vice presidential nomination, and said Edwards was the one many Democrats were backing.

Wednesday morning, officials at Edwards' Washington office say they still haven't gotten a call from Obama's camp.

It was Edwards that endorsed Obama back in February, touting him as the candidate of change.

"I will be glad to do whatever they ask me to do," Edwards said at the time in reference to Obama's team.

When Hillary Clinton and Obama were embroiled in their race for the Democratic nomination, the Illinois senator was only able to win one of the 12 counties Edwards fully or partially represents, that county being Brazos.

Edwards has scored consecutive wins in District 17, one that has supported President Bush heavily. The nation's highest ranking Republican is a resident of Edwards' 17th.

Pundits have begun pointing to Edwards' support of President Bush's 2002 Iraq War declaration as a sticking point, a declaration Obama was against from the get-go. Since then, Edwards has voted against immediate withdrawal, for full troop funding, and for a change in the U.S. mission to more of a Iraqi troop-training mode.

On the off-chance Edwards is Obama's choice, he told congressional newspaper The Hill that he wouldn't turn it down.

"I cannot imagine too many Americans wouldn't consider it an honor to serve our country as vice president," he said.


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