THE DREAM TEAM? Kerry picks Edwards as running mate.
PRESIDENTIAL candidate John Kerry has chosen John Edwards as his running mate - aiming for a Democrat dream team.
Edwards, 51 - once named the sexiest politician in the USA - held talks with Kerry about joining forces last week.
Kerry picked the North Carolina senator over more experienced politicians in the hope he'll appeal to small town voters in November's election.
His choice was shrouded in secrecy until the last minute. Kerry advisers said their boss had been interested in other candidates, including Dick Gephardt andTom Vilsack.
One New York newspaper, under an exclusive banner, reported yesterday that Kerry had chosen Gephardt.
Hedging their bets, campaign aides had printed dozens of placards for a Kerry rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - some read Kerry-Edwards while others said Kerry-Vilsack.
Kerry's campaign plane, parked at Pittsburgh airport, was partially obscured by brown paper to hide the name of his new running mate.
Aides said Kerry and Edwards will travel to key states this week.
The pair will be formally nominated at the Democratic National Convention, which begins in Boston on July 26.
Edwards emerged as a favourite second choice of Democratic voters thanks to his good looks and upbeat style.
He went for the Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out of the race after winning just one primary.
But some Democrats are concerned that Edwards lacks experience in international affairs to be a credible candidate.
And Kerry is said to have privately complained that Edwards had not served long enough in politics to deserve a shot at the presidency.
PARTNERS: Kerry and Edwards