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Jack Reed Does Not Want to be Democratic VP

In Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2008, Politics on July 15, 2008 at 10:01 am

Not that many even know his name, but Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Islands says that he is not interested in becoming Barack Obama’s Vice President.

The AP reports that Reed described the vice presidential spot as a “position which I have no interest in,” adding he has not been asked by Obama’s campaign to provide information that could be used to scrutinize running mates.

“There are people that are spending a lot of time, one, looking for candidates, and … trying to promote themselves as candidates,” Reed said. “And I’m in neither category.”

Reed said he was focused on winning a third term in the Senate and doesn’t take seriously much of the discussion surrounding him as a possible vice presidential candidate.

Some information about his bio:

After graduating from West Point and receiving an active duty commission in the United States Army, Reed attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he received a Masters of Public Policy. Reed, an Army Ranger and a paratrooper, served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader, a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer. He returned to West Point in 1978 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences.

Reed resigned from the Army as a Captain in 1979 and enrolled at Harvard Law School. In 1982, he graduated from Harvard and served a year as an associate with the Washington, DC law firm of Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan. In 1983, he returned to Rhode Island and joined the Providence law firm of Edwards and Angell.

Reed was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1984 and served for three terms.

Reed is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee and a former Army Ranger. Prior to serving in the Senate, Reed was a three-term Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District.


After reviewing the list of Obama’s possible V.P. choices, I never really considered Reed to be in the top picks. I wonder who will be next to distant themselves from the Obama campaign?


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