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. JJ

    I think that is awesome. I don't want Hillary to be VP either because Obama is gonna loose, hopefully! Hillary & Strickland are too good for his ticket. He needs to call Oprah.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Betty Jean

    I appreciate Gov. Strickland coming out with his wishes right now. Maybe he just does not want to be vice president. That job is can be tiresome. Maybe a lot of things, but we Obama supporters need to stop this ugly chatter. Let's try to help Obama win the nomination.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Agree

    Nobody wants to go down with a sinking ship.

    The Dumbocrats are just amazing. Mrs. Clinton would have cleaned McCain's clock.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. HILLARY ONLY

    If Hillary isn't the VP, I'm leaving the party and voting for MCCAIN.

    SHE EARNED THIS SPOT

    since she is the ACTUAL winner with the most votes.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. CLYDE

    This man makes more news turning down what he wasn't even offerred. That way when he DIDN'T get the offer he won't look bad. Why else turn an offer down tat doesn't exist? Most other just say " I will look at it IF ithappens and decied then"

    June 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. annie

    SMART GUY!!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Daniel, WA

    Ted, That is right. Good job. Obama is the most liberal senator and we do not want you to join his bandwagon. Live him alone. Perhaps Jeremiah Wright will be a good candidate. Watch out...

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Renee

    Strickland of Ohio would not of made the Vetting process and Strickand knows Hillary want the VP spot and Hillary won his state in the primary.

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I'm seeing way too many people throw "experience" around as their primary rationale.

    Do some history, and you'll see that most of our best presidents have had less than 10 years of government experience before taking office. Likewise, a lot of those that have had 20+ years have been horrible presidents.

    Take Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Rosevelt, FDR, Abraham Lincoln and Reagan, all presidents who had under 10 years of experience under their belt. Half of Mount Rushmore is on that list. Heck, Wilson only was a governor for 2 years and no other experience in the state or local level before becoming president, and he's regarded as one of the top 10 presidents through the eyes of history.

    Take some of the most experienced presidents in term of government service. James Buchanon, Gerald Ford, Andrew Jackson, van Buren, Garfield and Nixon. Those are presidents with 15 years plus experience. Not a great list. Buchanon is widely regarded as the worst president ever and had more experience than any other person elected to the presidency.

    Experience isn't a good measure for how good a president will be, the history on this is pretty consistant. Don't make that your standard for choosing in this contest. People that have been in government a long time are highly ineffective because they owe a lot of favors at that point.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Belle

    These comments amaze me. He did just say NO and made sure all you Obama fans believed him. What is your problem? Remember when Colin Powell just said NO to President and VP at once. It was not necessarily that there was any negative in his background or that he had anything against another candidate; he simply chose to say NO. If they don't say NO forcefully, idiots like those who wrote comments on this site do not believe them.

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. MM

    Since the article said nothing about his reasons, why are you all interpreting the reasons. It may be that his family does not want to go through the stress of running in the general and the stress of actually being vice president. Can anyone give me a site to go to that explains why he doesn't run? Also, people, just because he doesn't want to run, doesn't mean he is disloyal to Obama - and just because he doesn't want to run, doesn't mean that it is some Hillary conspiracy - and just because he doesn't want to run doesn't mean that he is trying to get out of the DNC.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. JCTed

    To Ray Avare,

    We are not going to dignify your stupidity and ignorance with reply to your posting.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Dan W

    good for you Strickland! Sicking to his team , unlike Obama who can't even stick to the lakers who he predicted to win.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    we don't need him to be VP anyway...it's all good! go Obama!

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Mike in Calgary

    Just shows the esteem in which Governor Stickland is held by .. er .. er... HIMSELF!
    Mike

    June 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Brad

    He probably won't take the job because there is a mountain of dirt on him. He knows better but he could have said it more eloquently.

    Hey Ray Avare, can you cite one single example of Clinton's "wisdom"? Her vote to authorize the Iraq invasion makes her a war criminal, plain and simple. That woman has people snowed.

    June 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. scott

    Why jump on board a ship as 2nd in command that's only gonna sink in Novemeber-He knows the deal..smart guy

    I'm not going down with a sinking ship! is really what he is mean.

    June 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Lynn

    You Obama supporters are pathetic. Now you are bashing gays with everyone else. Because we don't like your guy you call us racist. Mean spirited people like you can have your candidate. Just keep follwoing the leader (cult)!

    June 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Mike

    Good call!

    NObama!

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. @everyamericans

    I wish Hillarious can say the same...HILLARY FOR VEEPEE, NOT!!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Allan

    Obama responded, Ted who?

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. ld in az

    I don't understand what people don't like about Obama. I think race has everything to do with it. If you take a look at the issues, Obama and Hillary's agendas are nearly identical! You guys need to come up with something new besides Obama not having experience. None of us have experience either, but we know right from wrong, and where I country should be. You can't tell me that 100 years of war with McCain sounds appealing. Come on people time to come back to earth, because we're losing it!!

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Mary in CT

    The more comments from Clinton supporters I read, the happier I am that Obama won the primary.

    June 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. CLINTON 08 VP

    TO "Terrell" AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO THINKS OBAMA SHOULDN'T HELP CLINTON OR GIVE HER THE VP: SHE HAD A TOTAL OF 1,923 DELLEGATES IN THE END AND OBAMA HAD 2,156, A DIFFERENCE OF ONLY 233 AND YOU THINK THAT SHE DOESN'T DESERVE IT? SHE LOST OVER BY A HAIR, THIS NOMINATION WAS AS CLOSE AS EVER! SHE OBVIOUSLY DESERVES THIS AND MORE BUT I THINK SHE WOULD BE HAPPY IF OBAMA WOULD STOP DELUTING HIMSELF BY THINKING HE "REALLY REALLY" WON THE NOMINATION BY A VERY LARGE MARGIN SO HE WOULD STOP WRITING HIS STUPID LIST FOR THE VP, OBAMA ONLY HALF OF THE COUNTRY GAVE YOU THE NOMINATION, WILL YOU CONSIDER THE OTHER HALF?

    June 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Black Cat

    Just like kids before Christmas, you're just going to have to wait until he makes his decision. Obama will make HIS choice known when he is ready. I'm pretty sure he does not know yet himself. And hostage threats to vote for McCain by disgruntled Hillary supporters only shows their lack of political intellect, and common sense. We laugh so hard every time they bring up their silly threats, so give it up. * * * Obama/(you're just going to have to wait and see… '08

    June 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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