CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - Former Ohio congressman Rob Portman said Thursday he wasn’t interested in being John McCain’s running mate, even if the Arizona senator called him to ask.
“Well, you know, I’m happy to be home,” he told CNN after McCain’s town hall meeting in Cincinnati yesterday. “I commuted between Washington and Ohio where we are now for 15 years, and about nine months, so I made the decision to come home and it’s been great. I’ve got three teenagers, so I’m not looking for a way back to Washington right now."
Portman, who also served as United States Trade Representative and White House budget director, said he is open to helping McCain in other ways.
“I love public service,” he said. “I want to help him. I think he’s the right person to lead the country at this critical time, but I’m not interested in going back to D.C. right now.”
At a fundraiser in the Cincinnati suburbs Thursday night, McCain praised Portman, who was in attendance, as “one of the outstanding public servants in the next generation of leadership of our Republican party and our nation.”