Edwards and Nunn on Obama's shortlist

Former Senators John Edwards and Sam Nunn are on a list of potential running mates for US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to a congresswoman.

Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Michigan Democrat who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, says members of her caucus asked her to forward the names of Mr Edwards and Mr Nunn when she met with Mr Obama’s vice presidential search team.

The vetting team, Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, indicated the two were on the list.

“We’ve been brainstorming in the Congressional Black Caucus. Former Sen. Sam Nunn’s name has come up, as well as John Edwards’ name has come up among our CBC members. I reported that to them and they had both of those names on their list,” Ms Kilpatrick said.

Mr Edwards was the vice-presidential running mate of John Kerry who lost the 2004 presidential election to George Bush.

He was also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, bowing out earlier this year when it became clear he could beat neither Mr Obama nor Hillary Clinton.

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