Kerry Makes Edwards His VP Choice

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At a rally in Pittsburgh, Sen. John Kerry confirms his choice of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate. Kerry calls Edwards a man of "courage and conviction" who brings strong values of "home and family" to the Democratic ticket to "shape a better America." Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.

An Edwards Timeline

June 10, 1953: Born in Seneca, S.C.; raised in Robbins, N.C.; his father, Wade, worked in textile mills for 36 years

1974: The first in his family to attend college, Edwards receives a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University

1977: Receives a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

July 30, 1977: Marries Elizabeth Anania; four children follow: Wade (who died in a 1996 traffic accident), Catharine, Emma Claire and Jack

1977-97: Works as a trial lawyer, specializing in personal injury cases

1998: Elected to U.S. Senate from North Carolina

2000: Considered as a finalist to run as Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's running mate

Jan. 2, 2003: Announces bid for Democratic presidential nomination

Feb. 3, 2004: Records his only presidential primary victory, winning in his native South Carolina

March 3, 2004: Withdraws from the presidential race after failing to win any state contests on Super Tuesday

July 6, 2004: Becomes John Kerry's running mate



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