Kerry's Choice:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry holed up at wife Teresa Heinz Kerry’s huge estate outside Pittsburgh yesterday, reportedly to work on his convention speech and choose his vice presidential running mate.

Kerry has cleared his schedule for Tuesday, July 6, the Boston Globe reports, and has asked a few of his most prominent supporters to reserve the days after that for a campaign tour that presumably will showcase the vice presidential pick Kerry would announce on the 6th. “Speculation has focused on three candidates,” said the Globe, “Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, U.S. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.” The Globe also mentioned Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Del.) and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D.-Ga.) as possibilities. As long shots, it listed retired Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen Evan Bayh (D.-Ind.) and Sen. Bob Graham (D.-Fla.). Conspicuously missing from the Globe‘s speculation was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D.-N.Y.).