Kerry starts veep hunt

March 3, 2004 at 9:19 PM

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Sen. John Kerry Wednesday formally started his hunt for a vice presidential running mate as Sen. John Edwards, dropped out of the race.

The day after sweeping nine of the 10 Super Tuesday primary and caucus races, Sen. Kerry of Massachusetts asked Washington businessman and civic leader Jim Johnson to head his vice presidential search team.

"Kerry's swift action in beginning this process to select a running mate indicates what kind of a president the nation can expect -- decisive, focused and ready to lead," Johnson said. "I very much look forward to being part of the team that will bring change to America."

Johnson is vice president of Perseus LLC, a Washington and New York-based merchant banking and private equity firm and former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae.

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