Edwards' plans

By Geraldine Sealey
Published March 3, 2004 1:36AM (EST)

Is John Edwards withdrawing from the presidential race Wednesday, as news reports say, or applying for the vice presidential job? Not long after the networks called several Super Tuesday states for John Kerry at 8 p.m. ET, Edwards took the stage in Atlanta for a speech that was kind to Kerry, unkind to President Bush, and the kind of rousing address (for a concession speech, after all) that Edwards' supporters have come to expect from the man some compare to Clinton in the communication department. (Although maybe the "little engine that could" line isn't one to keep.)

If you're John Kerry, despite whatever tension may exist with Edwards, you have to think hard about keeping this guy around. Remember, polls show a Kerry-Edwards ticket beats Bush-Cheney, although it's unclear how other possible VP choices would fare. Edwards was on Al Gore's list of VP candidates in 2000.

And Edwards teamed himself up with Kerry tonight in his speech, saying the pundits and the pollsters had predicted come Super Tuesday that there would be no "John" left in the race. The early front-runner, of course, was Howard Dean. "John Kerry and John Edwards have proven those pundits wrong," he said.

Edwards had this for President Bush: "He has no clue what's going in [Americans'] lives. That's why come November he'll be out of the White House, not just out of touch." On Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C., we'll hear more.

As for the president, CNN says he placed a "congratulations" call to Kerry tonight. The race is on.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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