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John Edwards, Striking a Pose and Running (For Something?)

Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards spent much of Tuesday making love to the camera, to use a modeling expression.

The former North Carolina Democratic senator, who seems to be waffling of late on whether he'd accept the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, posed for a two-part photo shoot in Georgetown, his old Washington, D.C. neighborhood, for an upcoming fall issue of GQ magazine.

The well-coifed Edwards, who took much flak during the campaign for his $400 haircut, wore a suit for the first part of the photo shoot. It was his own suit, spokeswoman Andrea Purse tells the Sleuth, not one provided by GQ, though Purse couldn't be sure "who" Edwards was wearing.

"Nothing fancy," she assures us. (Son of a mill worker, remember?) After all, Edwards had more important things going on in Washington this week than just striking a pose for a glossy, highbrow men's fashion magazine. He had meetings for his organization Half in Ten, which is dedicated to reducing poverty by half within a decade.

For the second half of the shoot, Edwards taunted the camera along the tow path of the C&O Canal wearing a red t-shirt, blue running shorts and running shoes. "But nothing skimpy," Purse assures us.

GQ magazine spokesman Cory Wilson says the photos of Edwards will be incorporated in a "much larger political package" that will run in the fall.

If nothing else, the photo spread could always help position Edwards for a fashionably lofty post in an Obama administration.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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