PITTSBURGH, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry announced Tuesday John Edwards will be his running mate on the Democratic Party ticket at a rally in Pittsburgh.
Edwards is a first-term U.S. senator from North Carolina. He made his fortune as a trial lawyer.
"I am pleased to announce, that with your help, the next vice president of the United States will be Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina," Kerry said in a campaign stop in Pittsburgh.
Kerry said Edwards would join Kerry in Pennsylvania Tuesday and would begin making campaign appearances on Wednesday. They will likely be officially selected as the Democratic Party's ticket during a convention July 26-29 in Boston.
Edwards came to national attention during the Democratic primary process, during which he often clashed with Kerry.
Kerry said: "I have chosen a man who understands and defends the values of America. A man who has shown courage and conviction as a champion for middle-class Americans and those struggling to reach the middle class. ... A man whose life has prepared him for leadership."