Prior to the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Edwards had made overtures to the Obama campaign about a deal. If one won Iowa, the other would drop out and take the VP spot on the ticket. Needless to say, Obama was noncommittal. On the night of the Iowa caucuses, Edwards reminded the Obama campaign about his offer. Two weeks later, Edwards reached out again, now saying he was willing to settle for attorney general. His contact on the Obama campaign, Tom Daschle, was incredulous: “This is ridiculous. It’s going to be ambassador to Zimbabwe next.” Obama was apparently even more appalled, being unwilling to engage any sort of political transaction. Edwards eventually endorsed Obama, but at that point, Obama may have preferred an abstention.