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

Top Obama VP candidate takes himself out of the running

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.strickland.gi.jpg caption=" 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)

    Who wants a loser who supported Hillary on the ticket? This guy clearly has no judgment!

    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Independent in MI

    Another dem not willing to join the Obama cult.

    Hillary supporter for McCain.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. kelly WI

    It will take a long time for Obama to find a v,p, candidate.
    Any one with any smarts dont want to and Obama doesn't want any one who would show him up and up stage him. Such as the Clintons.
    Besides that his Chicago gang already have jobs. Wright, Ayers, etc.
    What a pathetic person. lol

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    Leaking this out was at the mutual direction of both Mr. Obama & Mr. Strickland to put to bed any speculation in the general population that Strickland would be the VP selection

    Strickland is currentlys 67 years old and will be 75 at the end of President Obama's 2nd term.

    Tactically speaking, in the interests of the party, both agreed that it would be best to pick someone like Governor Sebelius who will be in her professional prime in 2016.

    June 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. e forest

    i didnt realise how racist some americans are, its usually people of low education and weak personalities who cant see past skin color, and are guided by someone who expected to crowned and wasnt, clinton supporters remember obama got the votes and the delegates, and the D N C followed the the will of the people, clinton lost,watch my lips SHE LOST, obama needs someone of substance who can advise on war issues, not someone who complains ,is a poor loser, and lies about sniper fire, and someone who who thinks she owns voters, stop being pawns and get a life, think about the safety of america ,and not your pin up girl.

    June 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Linda

    Maybe he'll help McCain veto beer.

    June 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Nia

    Something tells me most of these fools are going to back out, out of fear of Clinton backlash, so that when it is all said and done the only one left on the list is Hill – Billy. I'm no conspriacy theorist but she stricks me as the type to try and get in power by any means neccasary.

    June 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Gerald F.

    To Kimberely Jones and her negative comments:
    My complements. You definetly show how ignorant a person you are. Regardless of who people vote for. Does that give you the right to sound like the Hag from Hell because you chose to vote for someone els?

    June 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. dl

    Maybe Gov. Strickland really likes his job......

    June 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Ed for HRC

    Good for him, I guess just like HILLARY, he does not want to be a tutor to a presidential Intern! Haha! 20 names and no one wants to back him up! If I were HILLARY, I will not accept the VP post, she is far more superior that Obama, she will end up being a laughing stock everytime the Intern President will make a mistake!

    To all Obamacans: You want this job badly, work hard for it!!!!! Do not rely on experts like HILLARY or Randell to run the show for you! Amateurs!!!! Goodluck!

    June 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Bubba

    Vegas is giving 5-3 odds against Obama finding ANYONE to run as his Veep.

    June 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Don in Florida

    There are many reasons a person would come out and take him self out of the VP race and they have nothing to do with the nominee himself. So I wouldnt make a big thing about it. Obama is going to be the next president of the United States and that's all that matters.

    June 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    I'm not saying that Strickland is anywhere close to Colin Powell but this reminds me of when General Powell said he didn't want to run for President.

    Maybe it's time for Mr. Obama to display a true bi-partisan move and "draft" the general. He still has more integrity and respect than the entire Bush Administration combined.

    June 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. another Ohio voter

    Does it really matter who the VP pick is, anyway? No one votes for the VP, just for the president. Obama could pick any number of people who would be a better fit than Strickland, so this is no big loss, especially since it's going to be a Democratic landslide this year.

    Why a Democratic landslide, you ask? It's clear that John McSame is just a token GOP candidate this year, just like Bob Dole in '96. The GOP understands the mood of the country is highly anti-GOP and has given the tired old McCain the chance to lose without really hurting the party or other potential future candidates. Notice how the GOP base has even turned away from him? McCain will lead the same kind of cranky old man campaign that Dole led–and lose against the more intelligent and energetic Obama. Sad for McCain since he really deserved a fair shot in 2000. Funny, but the GOP screwed him that year too. Notice a pattern?? The GOP don't like "mavericks." Nope.

    Oh, and expect McCain to pick a Quayle-like VP. They're already throwing around the idea of Carly Fiorina (forced out as CEO of HP for running the company into the ground) as a serious choice. Just another sign of a bumbling, half-hearted effort by the GOP.

    June 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Don in Florida

    As a part of Obama Nation I know that wiser heads will prevail in choosing the best person to be his VP. And if that happens to be Clinton then so be it. So for my 'peeps in Obama Nation saying they will not vote for Obama if she's on the ticket, please reconsider that. Don't you realize that his team knows better then we do who should be his VP?

    And to those Clinton Supporters saying they won't vote for Obama if he doesn't choose her, please also reconsider. They won't do it out of spite or just because of the bad blood, but for reasons you and I are probably not going to be privy to. Team Obama will pick the candidate that they feel gives them the best chance to win in November. However, if you still feel that you will choose McCain out of spite then that's your prerogative but repeating it in these blogs will really not change anyone's mind.

    June 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Nom Deplume

    Now THERE is a ringing endorsement of Obama.

    It will be Sebelius for very logical reasons: Obama needs

    1. a woman to bring in Hillary supporters;

    2. a midwesterner to bring in the bible belt, or put Kansas in play;

    3. someone who won't cause everyone to ask why he/she isn't at the top of the ticket instead (like Lloyd Bentsen in 1988); and

    4. Someone near the end of an undistinguished career, who won't view the position as career suicide and say no.

    And Sebelius doesn't even need to be there. A cardboard cutout will suffice.

    June 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. kit 'n kaboodle

    Inside information has revealed that Senator Clinton is not interested in the job in the least, she was just being a dedicated Democrat when she said that she would do whatever she needed to do to help elect a Democrat as the Commander In Chief in November. It's possible that she ask in their private meeting at Diane Fiensteins house that he choose someone else to be his running mate. Maybe somebody like the Rev. Wright or the Rev. Wrong or Father Pfleger. I'm sure since Carolyn Kennedy is on the Veep search committee that Hillary wouldn't get the nod anyway. Ted Kennedy has already said that he didn't like the Clinton brand of politics. Probably because she won a lot more primaries than he did when he ran for President. He probably can't grasp the concept that the Clinton brand of politics garnered Senator Clinton over 18 million votes, of course he never got anywhere near those numbers with the Kennedy brand of politics.

    June 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. bliatm

    I can see which side CNN favors, by the little caveat to the right of this comment box. Well my comments for Obama were negated –that's OK CNN we'll see you at the finish line as well. Do your thang Obama.

    June 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Susie

    I don't think he is in the ticket anyway. People like that just playing important are really not that important. He is probably scared that they will disect his life and find out a lot of dirt about him so let him be.....Amen
    Canada for Obama

    June 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Nom Deplume


    Obama will never ask Biden. Remember Dukakis/Bentsen???

    June 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. shundee

    This man is angry!!! There is no call for this kind of response except angry because a Black man defeated a White woman. Shame, shame, more shame.

    June 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. peggyledbetter

    Obama could never put Strickland on the ticket!! He is absolutely not about change!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. patrick

    I think we should start tracking IP addresses.

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Emily

    I would just like to know how Caroline Kennedy is qualified to help decide who the VP will be. Oh that's right, he had to promise them something for their endorsement. Ok, so she's the daughter of a President who has been dead for more than 40 years, she's been a housewife & written a book or two.... WOW! Major quals...
    and he claims to not be caught up in Washington politics... Then explain this little arrangement....
    those Kennedy's ... gotta love em', still trying to be a part of History.... as if ALL of their history won't be remembered. And Mr. Obama, the sheep's clothing will eventually be shed... God help us!

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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