June 27th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Portman sidesteps VP questions

Is Portman being considered for VP?

Is Portman being considered for VP?

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."

Watch: Portman explain why he would say no to being VP

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.”

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Casey in CA.

    I suspect no GOP wants to ally him or herself with McBush at this point. It's a sinking ship and the rats are going to jump off.

    But hey, there's room on the Obama boat, even for rats 😉

    I'm hoping Obama will look at Chuck Hagel for a possible vp. Howz that for change?

    June 27, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Casey in CA.

    Sharon, you are welcome to go watch Fox and Billo and get your GOP fix.

    June 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Mike B (Maryland)

    Doesn't sound like he sidestepped it at all. It was a pretty straightforward "no."

    June 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Martin

    Rob Portman is someone to consider,but
    maybe to aligned to close to the current Administration.
    John Kasich is a better choice,
    been on TV awhile has visibility,out of office,
    also a star on Economics,is dynamic and quite a fighter.
    Ted Strickland said he would not seek the VP slot on the
    Democratic side,that is a clear opening for John McCain
    to choose John Kasich a his VP Running Mate.
    John McCain must win Ohio and Pennsylvania
    and also Michigan if Obama makes progress out West
    in NM,CO and NV.At least that is what the Sunday Morning folks
    as saying on the Newsie shows.

    June 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. independent

    nobody wants to be mccain's running mate,except mitt romney.that party is toast.

    June 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Phil, FL

    The folks from AZ that don't like McIdiot – why do you keep re-electing him to the senate?

    Please respond.

    June 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. AM

    M Romney is a bad choice for vice president

    June 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. AM

    John McCain's new ad is horrible. It is reflective of what a bad candidate he is.

    June 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Janey for McCain

    CNN I wish you would start some of these comment blogs later in the day to give us working repubs a chance to respond. I am starting to think you're a calculating news service?! I try like crazy to get in an intelligent comment, but have to read dozens of blogs from negative Obama "victims" every day. They refuse to even look at a positive sentence about the best choice for President!( McCain) I guess I am one of the few fools that think I can make a difference and help those starry-eyed young-uns to see the light! All of my conservative friends say not to bother with CNN blogs-they don't post them anyway! Say it isn't so, Lou Dobbs, are you still there–my independent hero?!

    June 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. CitizenAJ

    Hey Mike,

    Why are Obama supporters idiots? We don't support a candidate who changed his views and stances in 2004 after watching Bush/Cheney scare up votes to win re-election. We don't support a candidate that has NOW changed into a SUDDEN conservationist after voting against conservation supported bills over his years in Congress. We don't support a candidate that has suddenly had revelations on healthcare and alternative energy. We don't support a candidate that admits he has no clue on how to help right the economy. So why are we idiots? Why can't you hold an intelligent, adult debate/conversation? What characteristics are you displaying?

    June 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Marie from Michigan

    Can we have a few blogs with a little info about the republicans? I used to love CNN, but must go to Fox or talk radio to hear about McCain and Co. and try to make a choice in November. Thank goodness for Rush and Sean–at least they tell the truth and give me some facts!

    June 27, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Phil in KC

    Me thinks he doth protest too much.
    He wants the job. Why, I don't know. It's a losing ticket.

    June 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. AM

    the difference between Mitt Romney and the rest of us is that Romney is a billionare and can sue at his whim. A bored rich man.

    June 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. 2pacolypse

    Who in their right mind would want to run with Mc Flip Flop and risk damaging their own careers? I mean the Republican Brand Name is so tarnished and rusted that no one but Mittens Romney (and he's a multimillionaire so what would negativity on his public service career matter) and maybe Huck-sta-bee would even consider running with McCain. McCain cannot and will not stay loyal to one issue and flip flops on issues so much he's a bobble head doll. Plus he's a campaign finance crook under investigation.

    June 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Sari

    "Oh, I didn't graduate medical school for being an idiot!"

    Ok, Mike, then where did you graduate for being an idiot?

    June 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Miss Jan


    June 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. DJ, Los Angeles

    Better than Dan Quayle or Mitt Romney at least...but he's too much of an unknown on the national scale to help much.

    June 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. MDB

    Gracious unlike the sissy liberals going "pick me" "pick me" "pick me".

    June 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Michelle

    I hope that McCain chooses Jindal or Palin.

    In the meantime, Obama = Bush 3:
    Same mantra : change and unity
    Same facade : charming
    Same personality: arrogant and ambitious
    Same leadership skills: inept

    Obama = Bush 3

    June 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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