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July 10, 2004 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Friday took his most pointed jab yet at the Democrats' new candidate for vice president, chiding Sen. John Edwards for his career as a trial lawyer. The president drew boisterous cheers and laughter when he included his dig at Edwards as he talked of the need to control frivolous lawsuits. "You cannot be pro-small business and pro-trial lawyer at the same time," Bush said. "You have to choose. My opponent has made his choice, and he put him on the ticket."
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July 2, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday took himself out of consideration to be Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry's running mate, saying he wanted to fulfill his commitment to serve a full, four-year term as governor. Richardson told Kerry of his decision in a phone conversation Thursday and followed that up with a letter, according to aides to both men.
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June 21, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry has divulged little about his process of selecting a running mate. But if past behavior is a guide, he will spend the coming days immersing himself in information and debating the merits of contenders with a disparate group of confidants. The Democratic presidential hopeful will make the case against his favored choice just to test the strength of his own arguments.
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June 12, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
John F. Kerry had more than half a dozen conversations with Sen. John McCain about the prospect of him joining the Democratic presidential ticket, but the Arizona Republican repeatedly told his longtime friend that he was not interested, according to an associate close to McCain. The Massachusetts senator broached the idea with McCain at least seven times, first raising it about 2 1/2 months ago, the source said Friday.
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June 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Sen. John F. Kerry's joking over his vice presidential choice caused some confusion Friday. Shortly after the presumed Democratic candidate jokingly told a Detroit radio interviewer that he had come on the show to announce his running mate, rumors flew that he said he would pick a running mate in a matter of days. The Kerry campaign made things worse when it released an inaccurate transcript of his interview with WJR.
WORLD
April 14, 2004 | Doyle McManus and Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writers
Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in China on Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at nudging the country's leaders toward greater democratization and cooperation with the United States on Asian security issues, including the standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. U.S. and Chinese officials indicated that they did not expect breakthroughs on the issues that divide the two governments, including Taiwan, human rights and trade. But both sides noted that the overall U.S.
WORLD
April 13, 2004 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the United States is doing "everything we can" to help secure the release of three Japanese civilians held hostage in Iraq, and warned that insurgents may seize even more captives as the June 30 target approaches for the launch of a new Iraqi government.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2004 | From The Baltimore Sun
It was one of the shorter political flirtations in memory. But with speculation over who will be No. 2 on the Democratic presidential ticket intensifying, Sen. John McCain, a maverick Republican who took on President Bush for the White House in 2000, seemed briefly Wednesday to bat his eyelashes at John F. Kerry. By the end of the day, McCain was animatedly swatting down some Democrats' dreams of a Kerry-McCain ticket. "I will not," he declared, "be a candidate for vice president in 2004."
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February 9, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John Edwards, who had insisted that he would not accept an invitation to run as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the fall, appeared to crack that door open a bit Sunday -- one day after rival John F. Kerry cemented his status as front-runner with victories in Michigan and Washington state. Appearing on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," Edwards repeated his statement that there were no circumstances under which he would campaign as vice president. But then he hedged.
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February 7, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
In another mark of the changing tenor of his campaign for president, Howard Dean said Friday in a radio interview that he would be willing to accept the Democratic vice presidential nomination if it would help oust President Bush. Only a month ago, Dean stood atop polls in key states in the nominating process and pundits were beginning to speculate whom he might choose as a running mate. But on a morning talk show in Milwaukee, Dean was asked if he would accept a vice presidential nomination.
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