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)
  1. patrick

    Sandy, did you read the whole article. It said Obamas 3 supporters were black, NOT the 30 religious leaders!

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. bliatm

    CNN if you want to visit real commentary go to true great leaders .com

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Cathy L

    i am neither racist, sexist, stupid or ignorant. What I am is ANGRY. I am from Florida and the last two Presidential elections were stolen from us by the likes of the Bush/Cheney crooked political machine. Don't kid yourself, the DNC is every bit as crooked as the Republicans and they proved that by "chastising" us for not playing by the rules and than making up new rules as the meeting progressed. A snake is a snake is a snake. The democrats want one thing only, to get their agenda at work in Washington. They aren't faithful to change of any kind or they will be out. I am glad to see that someone has the guts to stand up to their own party. That is very refreshing. Nothing will change...it makes no difference who is elected. They don't care about us, they care about getting re-elected!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Duane, Richmond VA

    Kathy, sure you don't sound bitter at all...just ignorant enough to vote for the candidate who represents the opposite of the views your favorite candidate supports. That's neither bitter nor stupid...it's what I call immature...you know like sour grapes..."If I can't get what I want, I'll try to make sure the country pays for it"

    Thanksfully, your voice does not represent the vast majority of Hillary supporters. Finally, think about this, do you value one candidate more than you value the well being of the nation? If so then you should consider moving to a country where a small thing like an election wouldn't stand in the way of someone who is "inevitable".

    June 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Dee Okla.

    neverobama- I'm sure it's the mirror you're looking in when you see ugly.

    Who said his was in the running for vp I didn't know the list had been posted.

    June 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    Thank you Governor Strickland, you fought long and hard for Hillary Clinton, and as an "Ohio Voter" I personally thank you for your decision. Hillary was the best candidate and everyone knows it!!! Thank you again and we love you in OHIO...CLINTON COUNTRY!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. darren

    whos this loser?

    June 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Robbie

    NEVER HILLARY. Anyone else would be great. But if Strickland isn't interested, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. 🙂 A non-issue.

    June 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. True

    Thank GOD! Take a Hike Ted! Hillary should be as clear about NOT taking the VP spot too!

    June 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Susie

    Does anyboby consider Kerry to be the Vice President he will be very good team for Senator Obama to lead you country.

    June 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. kit 'n kaboodle

    Why wrote:Why is she so much in debt? She has 18 million supporters but she's in debt. That doesn't make any sense to me. Please explain this to me?

    This is a common practice when a primary season goes throughout the entire process of covering all 50 states, or as Obama would claim 52 states without covering them all. She actually raised more than 22 million dollars that will be turned over to the Democratic Party for the General election. When you have two candidates that are hotly contested until the end the winner of the nomination usally covers the debt of the runner-up, just as McCain will cover the debt of Huckabee.

    And I do believe that you are bashing, why are you even talking about Senator Clinton???? the above article is about the Gov. of Ohio and Huessin Obama and the VP position.

    Hillary doesn't want to be the VP on this ticket either, neither does John Edwards. Maybe he will be able to get Scarey Kerry or Rev. Wright or Rev, Wrong or Father Phleger.

    Bloomberg/Clinton '08

    June 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Marc

    Sandy – If Obama is indeed meeting with Black clergy why does that bother you. Why is their race important to you? When Obama met with Jewish people at the ACIP did you ask why there were no other blacks there? Why did you distrust Black people?

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    why be on a losing ticket...he has a great career ahead of him.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Amy

    Ummmm, Sandy, don't buy into CNN or any news media's slant on things. He met with more than 3 religious leaders. Wether it's by coincidence or by design, CNN only saw fit to mention the 3 that were African American.

    I'm just saying, don't go buying into their perspective. Form yours. What is it you are afraid of? That Obama is secretly racist? That doesn't make any sense, his Causasian mother raised him.

    June 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Penelope

    Boy, for being such a loser, you Obamabots sure give Hillary a lot of power. She won't let Stickland be VP; it's up to her to unite the party; if BO loses it will be her fault. Imagine what she could do with all that power if she were the President.

    June 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Hannah

    And does anyone really care, afterall?

    June 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Hannah

    ps–sandy really–get a life.

    June 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Eric Bjornstad

    Strickland? You have to be kidding! Why would that blue dog democrat be considered anyway?

    June 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. The Lady

    Hillary supporters want Obama supporters to show Hillary some respect. Ok, can Hillary supporters show Obama some respect and stop bashing him, the race is over and he won now let it go so we can move on. At this point it really doesn't matter how much you dislike Obama because he is the Democrat nominee and you need to respect that.

    June 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. antoine

    guess hillary supporters will be in bed with mccain this fall

    June 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. JH

    Good. Strickland is not very bright and would not have been good for the ticket.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Glenn

    Why would Obama even consider this idiot?

    June 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. CATHY

    Education has nothing to do with the understanding that both left wing and right wing garbage hurt America. Perfect examples: Carter and Bush. That is precicely why Obama needs the centrist and pragmatist Hillary as his VP for a balanced ticket. Enough of left and right wing polirizing stupidity. Time for all of us to wake up to reality and bond together for a United States Of America.

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Kenneth

    Stickland will run sometime in future mark my words but in the short time better to be a GOV. Than a VP

    June 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. R in NC

    He clearly said "It does not mean I am less committed to helping Barack become the next President"

    Nice try on the spin

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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