"I welcome Senator Edwards on the ticket. The vice president called him earlier this morning, after the announcement was made, to say he welcomed him into the race, as do I. I look forward to a good, spirited contest." - President Bush
"This team combines John Kerry's courage and record of outstanding leadership and John Edwards' inspiring struggle on behalf of middle class Americans and those working to reach the middle class." - Former Vice President Al Gore, 2000 Democratic presidential nominee
"John Kerry was against John Edwards before he was for him. But now he's his running mate. Who is John Edwards? A disingenuous, unaccomplished liberal and friend to personal injury trial lawyers." - The Republican National Committee
"This is a ticket that can excite, motivate and, most importantly, defeat George Bush and Dick Cheney in November." - Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., former Democratic presidential candidate
"There is no ideological balance, I believe, in the choice." - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Frist also said, "I think John Edwards is a man of high character, strong integrity and will be a very good vice presidential candidate."
"A Kerry-Edwards ticket will bring energy, commitment and a new vision for America. I will be working hard over the next few months to get them both elected." - Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate
Edwards brings "warmth and friendship that a dour Kerry can't bring." - Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
"It's a ticket of strength. It's a ticket of hope. It's a ticket of opportunity. It's a ticket for victory. I couldn't be happier." - Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.