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Obama's list of VP no-thank-yous grows; now, Jack Reed

July 14, 2008 | 10:58 pm

Yet another prominent Democrat has taken himself out of the vice presidential derby.

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a West Point grad set to accompany Barack Obama on a tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, called the VP slot a “position which I have no interest in.”

Not that he was actually in the running. Reed told the Associated Press he wasn't asked for any inside information that the Obama camp could use to vet him for the job.

Reed joins a growing list of prominent Democrats to say "No, thank you" to the No. 2 job even before it was offered. Maybe Clinton will be the only one left?

First, as The Ticket reported, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Clinton supporter, was an adamant no. Then, Virginia, it was Sen. Jim Webb, a former Republican.

--Stuart Silverstein