June 10th, 2008
03:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Top Obama VP candidate takes himself out of the running

 Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland – who has often been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama – said Tuesday that if asked, he would “absolutely not” join the party’s presidential ticket this fall.

Strickland, who backed Hillary Clinton during the primary season, told NPR’s Michele Norris that he was taking himself out of the running. “Absolutely not. If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve,” he said, in an interview on NPR's All Things Considered. “So, I don’t know how more crystal clear I can be.”

Obama lost the Ohio primary to Clinton.

The swing state governor, who has endorsed Barack Obama, dismissed the idea that all potential running mates deny interest in the job. “No, I don’t think they all say that. I’ve heard people say, ‘you know, if I was asked, it would certainly be something I would have to consider.’ That does not mean that I am any less committed to helping Barack Obama become the next president,” Strickland said in an NPR transcript of the interview, which is scheduled to air Tuesday night. He is scheduled to join Obama on the campaign trail in Ohio this Friday.

Two members of Obama’s vice presidential vetting team are in Washington, soliciting input from top congressional Democrats.


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soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Good Man!

    Don't go down with a sinking ship!

    June 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Now the truth comes out: none of the Democratic Party's true leaders would want to ruin their careers by joining this second-rate selected nominee's ticket.

    Maybe Obama can do what Bush did after everyone said no to him in 2000... he can ask Dick Cheney to be his running mate.

    Go PUMA PAC

    June 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Let's not get too excited just yet. We will know more in about 6 weeks.

    June 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. CW4Barak

    That's awright Strickland....you weren't at the top of the list anyways!

    June 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Lynn

    Good for the Ohio Governor, I would not want to be on his ticket either. Maybe he sees a loser.

    June 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Interesting.

    June 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Spring Heat

    I can understand that, he may have a few skeletons in the closet... It's best to bow out without bringing too much HEAT! Thank You Governor

    Obama 08

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. less media more issues

    Funny if they all stepped aside for Hillary.....

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    "That does not mean that I am any less committed to helping Barack Obama become the next president.”

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. HRC3655

    Not sure Hillary should take the VP if asked. Once Barry (BO) makes a mess of everything she"ll get the blame.

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Becky

    19 more to go

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Still for Hill

    no one wants to join a sinking ship...

    Ted Strickland out.
    John Edwards out.

    Next...

    How about AL Franken... There's your dream ticket.

    My dream ticket would have been:

    Hillary 08

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. john williams san diego, ca.

    Another high ranking democrat REJECTING a flawed candidate.

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. election watcher

    Good to see officials aware that Obama is a hot potato and dropping him.
    If elected he will do more long term damage to the Dem party's credibility than 100 Jimmy Carters.

    June 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. AND OBAMA PICKS...

    What... Ted... oh man shucks

    June 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Viva Obama/Clinton 08

    A Vote for Barrack Obama is a vote for Hillary Clinton because they support the same cause.
    A vote for John McCain is a vote for a George Bush third terms more wars, bad economy and more country will not want to deal with our country. If you were really a true Hillary supporter that want a better America for this generation and the future generation you must vote Democratic this November. Please do yourself a good favor and vote for the Democratic nominee this coming November.
    No hard feeling because Hillary has none against Barrack. We must put the Republican out of the white house.
    As you can see, we are in a big recession and that will get worse with a John McCain.
    I want to tell John McCain that gas tax holiday is not a solution for our energy problem and is not going to be a solution. This gas tax holiday shows that John McCain do not understand the economy. Keating 5 john McCain took money from the Keating five for political favor.

    June 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. jenkins

    I don't blame Governor Strickland - Obama is less experienced than him.

    June 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Nobody wants Teddy for Veep, so that was a good head's up, just in case we became stricken with delusion and figured there was no one else out there...Thanks Ted and NO THANKS.

    June 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Debby

    So now Edwards, Strickland, are out. Richardson is salivating at the position but he would kill Obama's chances with his on going criticism of Hillary. He couldn't even get the latino vote in Puerto Rico. There is something to say about turncoats in the end. LOL

    June 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Nobama

    Gov Ted knows the truth, Obama's campaign has been so racial that it divided the whole country, and comes November, Obama will be history.

    June 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Guess Strickland doesn't want to be affiliated with the first socialist President in our nations history.

    Probably a good political move.

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. PSmith

    In your face OBAMA!

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Beltway Insider

    Don't worry – you were never a serious contender anyway. Additionally, it doesn't really matter who he chooses – Obama WILL be our next president regardless. Period. Get used to it.

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Billy from Fl

    KUDO TO GOVERNOR STRICKLAND.

    HE WILL NOT BETRAY HILLARY, WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM..

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    What's REALLY going on??? Mmmmm....

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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