November 9th, 2007
01:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton wins backing from battleground state governor

Strickland endorsed Clinton Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the backing Friday from a governor of what is likely to be a key battleground state in the 2008 race for the White House.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced Friday in a conference call with reporters that he is endorsing the New York senator's campaign, calling Clinton an "experienced and strong leader."

"Here in Ohio which is in the heartland of the country, I believe she is the strongest candidate that our party can put forth, and I believe that she is the person that can win the presidency," Strickland also said.

Ohio played a key role in the 2004 presidential race, going to President Bush over then-Democratic nominee John Kerry by a little more than a 100,000 votes – a result that ultimately determined the outcome of the election.

“I don't think that it is likely that either a Democrat or a Republican will be successful without being successful in Ohio," Strickland said Friday. "I feel strongly [Clinton] is the candidate that can speak to the issues important to Ohioans and that she can carry Ohio."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    Perhaps things are really a lot different in Ohio now!! Great news! Can't wait to see the butt-whomping any of the current GOP candidates will get there. Yeah!!Dayton/Colubus!!

    November 9, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Wow...Ohio governor supports socialist candidate that wants to give illegal aliens drivers licenses (because that will make them get insurance) – I find it baffling that anyone would support Hillary....pack of Hillidiots

    November 9, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Ron, TX

    Ohio narrowly went to a Republican with Kerry. Flip-flop Hill isn't going to fare any better. She is hated by republicans FAR worse than Kerry ever was. Expect it to go heavily Republican IF Hillary manages to be the democratic nominee. That's a big IF. The days of her "perfect campaign" are obviously over, as anyone can readily see from the last week of news. Fumbling, flopping, refusing to take a stand on ANY policy issue. Refusing to suggest ANY sort of policy options. She's dropped -10%- points in the national election contest, a headline CNN quickly changed a few days ago to read "Hill still ahead". She also dropped her 20% lead in New Hampshire to 10%, thanks to the horrible debate, and her horrible handling of issues over the past week.

    The Clinton campaign is crashing down. This governor is a joke. He couldn't deliver for Kerry. He DEFINITELY can't deliver for someone as devisive, dishonest, and untrustworthy as Hillary.

    November 9, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Craig Louisville KY

    As some one who grew up in Cleveland, and with Strickland having approval ratings in the low 70’s the Hillary Camp would be stupid if they pasted him up as vice. ( In 06 Mr. Brown the republican, I believe won only 8 out of Ohio’s 88 counties an election that Strickland won by over 18 points) The rural vote is what killed Kerry in Ohio in 04. With Strickland on the ticket some of that loss would be stopped.

    November 9, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Rodney Dallas TX

    I'm anxious to see the dirt people will dig up about him now that he's endorsing Clinton.

    November 9, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hey Chirs by 2028 Texas will be a blue state. You are on the wrong side of history. Go hang out with George Wallace and go old Storm

    November 9, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. John New York, NY

    If Hillary Clinton somehow wins the nomination, she should definitely choose Ted Strickland as her running mate.

    I think that is why he endorsed her- he is hedging his bets and thinks she's the likely winner of the primaries.

    Meanwhile, Barack Obama has the endorsements from governors of some red states, like Virginia and Mississippi.

    November 9, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Gene A. Ehle - McFarland, Wisconson

    Wonderful news, Senator Clinton will make a great president and winning Ohio will be a big step towards that goal. My four daughters and 11 granddaughters will remember the 2008 election for their entire life.

    November 9, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Belyn - San Antonio - Texas

    Not surprised. Clinton is the most experienced and qualified candidate. She is strong and smart.

    She will be the winner. She will be the one to get back what our country has lost – worldwide. Respect. There isn't anyone running that can come close. Clinton will make history. Everyone running against her are like the seven dwarfs. The list? Doc – Biden. Sleepy – Romney. Sleezy (oops I mean Sneezy) Giuliani. Bashful – Richardson. Happy – Kucinich. Dopey – Obama and the last of the bunch Grumpy? EDWARDS.

    Clinton 2008!

    November 9, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    Clinton for President! No matter what OBAMA and his supporters say, even they know Hillary is the best and that is throwing them off-balance, lol
    CLINTON 08'. My friends, family and colleagues are supporting HILLARY. This is so exciting.
    CLINTON 08'

    November 9, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Ohio, my birth place. Thank you for being reborn. Hopefully, you will be able to get out of the "soup" lines that "weren't" promised to you by the Bush administration when they shipped your jobs to foreign countries and took away your families American dreams.

    November 9, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Gerald, Iowa

    Not a Clinton supporter, but nevertheless this seems like a strong, viable endorsement. Endorsements do not mean much to me but it still good to know who and what kind of people are backing which candidates.

    November 9, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    The groundswell of support for Hillary is ASTOUNDING. It is becoming more apparent each day that Hillary will be the nominee. It would take a major faux pas now to stop her gathering inertia. Though the process must play out, I just hope her rivals practice proper decorum and not give the republicans a 'sword of damocles 'against the Democratic nominee whether its Hillary or some one else.

    November 9, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Archie Kearney Ne.

    "Wow " a democrat endorsing Hillary ! Lets put that on CNN and pretend that's exhilarating unexpected news!

    November 9, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. John, Detroit, Michigan

    Yay for Hillary!

    November 9, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Robert, Shelton, CT

    To my fellow friend from Connecticut, Hillary is not a socialist, there is a different between soical policies and politics. I am not a Hillary supporter by any means, but as a political scientist I figured I should clearify that.

    And as to the endorsement, unlike the others so far, this is big news for Hillary who shows her war chest and high key endorsements make her literally impossible to beat.

    November 9, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Hilary an "experienced and strong leader?" Of what? She was Bill's co-President, I guess, but the thing she's best remembered for is the utter repudiation of the socialised medicine scam she tried to impose on everyone.

    November 9, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Lauren, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    You did not offer any intelligent political analysis in your statement: "No matter what OBAMA and his supporters say, even they know Hillary is the best and that is throwing them off-balance, lol."
    Why is Hillary the best? Why are you supporting her over "OBAMA"?
    Same goes for Belyn, who chose to compare presidential candidates to characters from an animated film.
    Though I do not believe Hillary has any chance at winning the general election (she is far too polarizing and attracts attacks from the right in the same way President Bush does from the left), I think all readers of the CNN Political Ticker would appreciate insightful debate instead of mindless pro-Hillary fluff.

    November 9, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Aaron, Columbus, Ohio

    Thanks for nothing, Governor Strickland. I hope your constituency, myself included, says no to dynastic politics and our delegates go to Obama and real change.

    November 9, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Lee Paul Columbus Ohio

    WOW that awesome news that Strickland backing Hillary,, I'm from Columbus Ohio and that really made my day, I'm going to party now,, Life is good,
    GO HILLARY !!!

    November 9, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Donny-Canton,Ohio

    Hillary 2008!!!

    November 9, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    I hope Hillary pushes for illegal aliens in Ohio getting drivers licenses!!

    Yeah – that'll play real well with responsible folks in the Buckeye state.

    November 9, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Sharyn, CT

    Anyone who says that Hillary is the most qualified and experienced candidate is dead wrong. Have you ever heard of Bill Richardson???? Do you know what experience is???

    Congressman for 14 years, energy secretary, UN Ambassador, and Governor of New Mexico. Not to mention the fact that he spearheaded the group that lead to shutting down the Nuclear reactors in North Korea! Nobel Peace Prize nominee 4 times!
    I could go on and on.

    It's easy to press a "yes" or "no" button. What has SHE DONE?

    Richardson has a proven track record. Look at what he's done as Governor and UN Ambassador!!!!

    He can regain the respect that we lost internationally during the Bush administration.

    He's a pro gun, pro growth democrat. Not only does he get republican support, but also people who would back Dennis Kucinich! Not to mention the moderates.

    He's going to surprise a lot of people in the Iowa Caucuses.

    November 9, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    Hey Lauren,
    It's Megha, not 'Meghan'. Dare I explain anything else, seriously?

    November 9, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Tyrese Gail Williams Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Hillary Clinton is two things: the most polarizing person ever to run for the Presidency and an enabler who stood by while her husband made a mockery of their marriage with his life-long philandering. It amazes me how any woman would even conceive of voting for her. She does not have the courage of her convictions as the only conviction she has is power. I pray the Democratic voters will choose someone else who will not polarize and divide the country and who will not have a spouse in the White House who has a problem keeping his pants zippered.

    November 9, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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