Edwards A Finalist As Obama's Running Mate

By: KBTX News Staff & Wire Reports Email
By: KBTX News Staff & Wire Reports Email

Illinois Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama hasn’t chosen his running mate yet, but it has been confirmed that Representative Chet Edwards' background was checked by Obama's campaign, meaning he is one of a few finalists for the job.

It was first suggested back in June by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Edwards be considered for the job.

Obama is scheduled to announce who will be his Vice-President by or before August 23rd in Springfield, Illinois, and is expected to make the announcement through a text message.

Other potential finalists mentioned include Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, and Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.

Edwards is a nine-term ranking member of Congress, and serves as a senior member of both the House Budget and Appropriations Committees.

Edwards is a Texas A&M graduate who earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and served in the Texas Senate from 1983 to 1989 before winning election to Congress in 1990 in what then was the 11th District of Texas.

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