February 08, 2004


Article by Robert Novak:

High-ranking advisers to Sen. John Kerry privately say Sen. John Edwards has to be considered the top candidate for vice president on a Kerry-led ticket.

While Kerry and Edwards battle each other in Democratic presidential primaries and publicly disagree over international trade, they also are pulling their punches against each other. North Carolinian Edwards's decisive win last Tuesday in the South Carolina primary fortified Kerry advisers who want a Southerner on the ticket.

A footnote: Supporters of Rep. Richard Gephardt's abandoned presidential campaign have started pushing the former House Democratic leader for vice president. A Kerry-Gephardt ticket would pursue a non-Southern strategy, with Gephardt counted on to bring in his own state of Missouri and also help in industrial states.