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Easley? Edwards? Burr? All are 'veep' names

Posted July 9, 2008
Updated July 10, 2008

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— Names are flying in the debate over who the presidential candidates will choose as running mates.

The blog of a CNN political producer has two North Carolina names on the Democratic short list.

Gov. Mike Easley is mentioned as a popular Southern governor. The blog also says Easley's endorsement of Hillary Clinton could help unite the party.

His cons? The blogger cites Easley's lack of foreign policy experience.

In a statement, the governor says he'll do anything he can to help Sen. Barack Obama get elected.

However, in an interview posted on WRAL.com on June 10, Easley says he would not be interested in being the VP.

"I am honored to have served the people of North Carolina for almost 30 years. I like it so much, I am going to stay in North Carolina," he said.

The other name is former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards. In recent interviews, he's left open the possibility if Obama ever asked.

WRAL News asked a couple of area Democratic political consultants about the prospect of Edwards or Easley on the ticket. They said neither was a good fit and couldn't even guarantee the state.

There's a North Carolina name being bandied around on the Republican side of the ticket, too.

He's not on the CNN blog, but some have suggested Sen. Richard Burr could end up as John McCain's running mate. Burr has campaigned for McCain and even spent Super Tuesday with the candidate.

Burr told WRAL earlier this year that the speculation was premature, but that he would accept if the position were offered.

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  • Tired of your excuses Jul 11, 2008

    Easley as VP?! Give me a break! He doesn't have enough sense to drive a race car, let alone be VP!

  • beachboater Jul 11, 2008

    "WRAL News asked a couple of area Democratic political consultants about the prospect of Edwards or Easley on the ticket. They said neither was a good fit and couldn't even guarantee the state"

    Finally a consultant with a little bit of brains.

  • nodoginthisfight Jul 10, 2008

    Obama nation or abomination!

  • foetine Jul 10, 2008

    I think they mean Aaron Burr. I'd support him for VP.

  • winonedog Jul 10, 2008

    Burr will help McCain, but it want be enough. this is an Obama nation!

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 10, 2008

    Edwards & Easley - both good choices if reducing assassination risk is a high priority. Neither of these "sophisticated" gents have the oysters to be POTUS - classic poseurs, primping effetes. Sure VEEP either of them & stand no chance of election, even the Dems know these rascals for what they are.

  • Andiecat Jul 10, 2008

    I'd like to know from what planet the CNN political producer came. This one reason I watch MSNBC!

  • nisa-pizza Jul 10, 2008

    Shep8851 - "And, really, why would anyone want the job. Lyndon Johnson ( I think) once characterized the VP job as being like a bucket of warm spit. I believe I could find a legitimate and more productive job somewhere else."

    And yet he still ended up becoming President in the end like quite a few other VP's along with more recently Bush, Ford, Nixon (eventually). So being a bucket of warm spit can sometimes turn you into the BIG CHEESE. LOL

  • eric52272 Jul 10, 2008

    no, no and no.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Jul 10, 2008

    Dreamin of Disney World
    I just way your VP candidate choices. Priceless! Personally, the Three Stooges had a law firm just as qualified. Dewey, Cheatem', and Howe.

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