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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  1. Jaime47

    "Hopefully you can resign from this "undemocratic /hijacked party" and do whatever you want."

    I have seen that word "hijacked" many times referring to Obama's victory over Clinton in this close but clear race. Can someone please describe exactly how the nomination was "hijacked" from Senator Clinton?

    Please don't use the "she won the popular vote" line. First of all, it's not true, unless you want to count Michigan votes only for Clinton because she was the only candidate on the ballot. That's real democratic now, isn't it?

    Please don't use the "count every vote in Michigan and Florida" line. The facts are that all of the candidates agreed to place these sanctions on FL and MI if they moved their primaries to early January. The states, knowing of the stated consequences, did so anyway. If you have anger surrounding this, please direct it at the state governments that made the decision to move the primaries, not on the DNC or Obama.

    Please don't use the "sexism in the media and throughout the country" line. As inappropriate and prevalent as sexism is, racism is equally inappropriate and significantly more prevalent. The media in general has been all over the map with its biases - sometimes favoring Clinton, sometimes favoring Obama. And, btw, Olbermann, O'Reilly, Mathews, etc. are not news reporters. They are commentators, and are not required to be unbiased. If you get your "news" from these sources, you will indeed have an unclear sense of reality.

    Now, how was the nomination hijacked from HRC?

    June 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Everyone Panic

    I really admire this quote from someone above who is obviously more educated than all us bitter, redneck, gun toting, highschool drop out, Hillary Clinton supportors:

    "Hillary supporters are a bunch of idiots uneducated with no brain. All they do is hate that is because they do not have the intellegence to know the difference"

    Nice..I guess because Hillary had more voters who did not finish school or did not have college educations that makes us all stupid.

    I don't think education is a factor in this...common sense is and thats the problem. You could be the most book smart person in the world but if you lack common sense your still an idiot.

    I am not going to cross party lines, I will always be a democrat. I will also not vote for Obama because I think he is all talk, just as I would not vote for John Kerry because he is pansy...in my opinion of course.

    When Obama flops as president I don't have it on my conscience that I voted for an intolerable racist slack just so I can call myself a democrat .

    June 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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