Senator Barack Obama is searching for a vice presidential running mate in his pursuit of the White House. Now, a big power player in the Democratic Party says District 17's congressional rep should be considered.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told a Newsweek video team at Washington, DC's Newseum that Congressman Chet Edwards deserves a strong look as Obama's running mate for the November election against Senator John McCain.
"I do think in the list of considerations there should be somebody from the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said, “and Chet Edwards is a person many of us think would be a good person to have in the mix."
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Pelosi also throws out names like Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Jim Webb and others during the brief interview.
In a statement released Tuesday, Edwards said the following:
"It has been a privilege for me to work closely with Speaker Pelosi in behalf of our nation's veterans, and I am humbled that she and others would suggest that the Obama campaign consider me for their VP list. Given that I have not met with the Obama campaign regarding the vice presidential nomination, I would not want to speculate on the names being considered."
While Obama and Clinton were engaged in their battle for the Democratic nomination, Edwards endorsed Obama. The Illinois senator won Brazos, Washington and Walker Counties during the Texas primary.
Clinton won six local counties, and took the state's primary overall. Obama took the Texas caucus.
Edwards will face Rob Curnock, a Republican businessman from Waco, in the race for District 17, which stretches from south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex through much of the Brazos Valley.
Since redistricting created District 17 as it's drawn today, Edwards has won election twice. The Aggie Democrat has served in Congress since winning election in 1990.
The last time a sitting member of the House of Representatives was chosen as a major party vice presidential nominee, it was the first female on a presidential ticket. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York was Former Vice President Walter Mondale's choice when Mondale ran for the White House. They were soundly defeated by the Reagan-Bush ticket in 1984.
Another New York representative, William Miller, was Republican Barry Goldwater's choice for vice president in the 1964 election. Again, it was a easy win for their opponents. Lyndon Johnson won the presidency again.
You have to go back to the 1932 and 1936 elections to find a member of the House on a winning presidential ticket. Texas representative and Speaker of the House John Nance Garner won with President Franklin Roosevelt twice, and was vice president for just shy of eight years.
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