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.”
Another way of saying that it is a waste of time to contest the elections
I would not want to run with the Republicans in this election either. Huckabee could help McCain a little bit but yeesh there is always that war stance...
Let's see what Portman's answer if he is offer the VP position.....I will bet you that his interest is going to change.
Man it is like rats off of a sinking ship. McCain is toast and all of the sensible Republicans, except Romney and Huckabee, know it.
You have to be a nut case to be running with NutCain.
OBAMA (2008 -16)
Who the heck would want to run in a guarenteed losing election for the republicans?
Who would want to be on this losers team?
Don't know him but probably because CNN has been caught up in reporting the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton drama for so long.
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You idiot Obama supporters would be able to hold an intelligent conversation about as well as NOBAMA speaks.
Nobody wants to be Obama's VP either. They know he doesn't have any experience and he will break this country.
I live in AZ and McBush is NOT even going to carry his own state!!!! He has done NOTHING for the citizens of AZ!!!! McBush and his stupid "pork barrel spending" got AZ NOTHING!!!! Believe me, we here in AZ will not even elect McBush dog catcher–thats insult to the dogs!
Can't blame him...
I hope he goes with Huckabee. Talk about bulging pockets on an empty suit.
I am sure this is all part of Operation Chaos. It is designed to make us think we can fight amonst ourselves because McCain is having trouble finding a runningmate. You have to give it to Rush.!
Citizen, if the election is a foregone conclusion I wonder why Obama turned down federal campaign funds he used to say he supported?
Smart way to say no to Mc Cain.
Yeah, I'm not interested either. But that doesn't mean he was going to ask me.
Can you blame him? He doesn't want to hitch anchor to a sinking ship.
Anyone accepting McShame's VP offer would have to have a "sacrificial lamb complex" in this GOP losing campaign. McCain's bid is just not as the underdog, but a complete "Goldwater" disaster. Sad!
Michael Lorton, Virginia ..............Let's see what Portman's answer if he is offer the VP position…..I will bet you that his interest is going to change.? VP OR RUNNING MATE IS THE SAME........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.
I think Mr. Portman is thinking like a family man, and I do believe he would help out McCain in any way possible. Thank you sir.
If no one want the job give it to me. I live in Delaware my address is 2575 liberty street Wilmington,DE 19808 and my phone number is (302) 333-8649. I am unemploy and I can use that VP job to make some money to pay my college loans. I am a very good thinker a democrat that can bring good ideas to McCain and the republicans.
Please, pretty please you can have weekends off !! The Republicans might have to offer a 30 million dollar prize to get someone to join this sinking ship