Kerry Taps Edwards as Running Mate

JULY 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:15 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - John Kerry is welcoming a former rival to his Democratic presidential campaign.

The Associated Press has learned Kerry has picked North Carolina Senator John Edwards to be his vice-presidential running mate.

Edwards won only one primary during his run for the presidential nomination, but appealed to thousands of Democratic voters with the positive tone of his campaign.

A vibrant speaker, he spoke passionately about "two Americas," one for the rich and powerful, the other for everybody else.

Edwards also raised a lot of money.  He received millions of dollars from fellow trial lawyers before asking them to donate to Kerry.

The one-term senator's experience may be a drawback in an election cycle dominated by war and terrorism.  An AP poll found Edwards was the favorite among registered voters to be the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

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