Just a two and a half hours drive from the Mid-Ohio Valley, democratic presidential candidate John Kerry answered a question that's been asked for weeks.
"I am pleased to announce with your help, the next vice president of the United States will be Sen. John Edwards from North Carolina," Kerry announced Tuesday morning at a rally in Pittsburgh.
And given that Edwards finished a surprising second to Kerry in last winter's primaries, some believe the choice was no surprise.
"I don't really know a lot about (Edwards)," said Gale Osbourne, interviewed at Parkersburg's Bicentennial Plaza, "but I though that's the way it should go."
"In my mind, it was a choice between him and (Congressman Dick) Gephardt," said Sharon Ogden, "and I think Edwards will do a fine job."
The significance of a Kerry-Edwards ticket here, is how it might affect the local vote. West Virginia and Ohio are both considered swing states in this fall's election.
Indeed, there were plenty who are pleased with Edwards on board the democratic ticket.
"I think he's a good candidate," said Diane Boatman of Pittsburgh, "and he'll make the ticket even stronger."
But there are others at Belpre's Civitan Park, who wouldn't be swayed regardless of Kerry's running mate.
"It didn't matter to me who he chose, I'm a Bush fan," said Nancy Wooton.
"I'm not real familiar with (Edwards)," said young voter Josh Holbert, "but I've followed the Kerry campaign, which, so far, interests me over Bush's."
It might not be coincidence that Ohio voters may be among the first to see Kerry and Edwards campaign together. There's word they've scheduled stops Wednesday in the traditional democratic strongholds of Cleveland and Dayton.
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