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.