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. Joe

    Yes...Obama take your time. Webb, Biden, or even as a longshot Bloomberg, would be good options.

    All of you HRC hardliners who won't support Obama: good riddance, we don't need you, you are a pathetic bunch of sore losers. If you really wanted to serve the Democratic cause you would line up behind the nominee. As many people have pointed out, Obama will pursue pretty close to the same agenda as Hillary. HRC is a liar just like her husband and will do anything to win. She selected a bad team which mismanaged her campaign both strategically and financially – don't forget that this primary was hers to lose. Remember last fall when she was the "presumptive nominee" by everybody's count. Nobody's fault she lost but her own. And if you were voting for her just because she's a woman, you were voting for the wrong reason in the first place.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. tina



    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. indy dem

    a lot of poeple commenting here seem pretty sure why Strickland decided to take himself out of consideration. He obviously has his own reasons he didn't divulge to NPR. Let's not condemn him for reasons unknown. And let's not project our sore-loserness upon him either.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Susan

    Strickland seems like a sore loser! Not many people get the honor of even being thought about. Better come back to the party or you won't have a career!

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Over turn roe v wade

    Vote life. Vote McCain. Welcome to the right to life side Hillary supporters. We are glad to have you on board. McCain08= LIFE

    June 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. CY

    Obama/Hillary 08!

    June 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. s

    Kathy needs to get a life, I mean really!

    June 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Bridget

    I'm from Ohio. This has nothing to do with Obama. Governor Strickland knows he can make more of a difference to Ohioans as Governor than as VP, in a state that has Democratic leadership now (it's been a while). He loves Ohio and it shows. It's a smart move on his part.

    June 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Lars Larson

    Tell me what national experience JFK or Bill Clinton had prior to their presidency? Tell me, please. Billy was a govenor – not national experience. Tell me what JFK did before being elected president.

    People pop off about the lack of experience that Obama has, yet I am sure they are the same people who backed Clinton in 92.

    June 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. snaz

    who needs him sickland????..LOSER

    June 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. What if?

    Thank you Spring Heat, you hit the nail on the head.
    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 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Gail AL.

    We'll see how much party unity there is come Nov. Hillary's supporters will vote MCcain or stay at home. Obama would be a diaster, we think Bush is bad, We haven't seen anything yet. I can say I never voted for him. The first SUNDAY HE'LL PROBABLY HAVE Rev. Wright in the whitehouse.

    June 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. HerbTee

    "Top Obama VP candidate takes himself out of the running"

    Well, so what?? Strickland was one of Clinton's lap dogs anyway, just like Governor "Fast Eddie" Rendell" of PA. Who needs either of them...good riddance! Time to wipe the slate clean...no Clinton shills in an Obama Administration!

    Obama/Sebelius for 2008 or Obama/Richardson for 2008

    June 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Timothy

    Governor Strickland from Ohio would of Kill Obama chances and that is a fact. Governor Strickland is very bad for Obama so this is good he is not interested in VP. Obama was not going to pick Governor Strickland as VP Good deal No Strickland bad bad choice for Obama.

    June 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Dan , TX

    It amazes me how everyone twists whatever anyone says to fit their pre-existing biases. He wants Obama to be president, he is campaigning for him. So clearly, he supports Obama.

    There are many reasons why someone would choose not to be VP. Particularly if you are a Governor and want to stay one.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    OPRAH should be OBAMA's Vice-President! Oprah! Oprah!

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Man in WI

    To all of the Hillary Supporters...The Democratic Party is not all about the Clintons. Face it, she lost fair and square. Get over it. If you want to act like a little kid and say you don't want to vote for Obama because he beat Hillary, go ahead, don't forget, Obama got 18 million votes too!

    You think it's bad now...help McCain get elected and you'll see how bad things can get. And yes, not voting at all is a vote for McCain. It's obvious your reason for not voting for Obama isn't on policy because there wer no huge policy differences between Obama and Hillary. And if you say that it is based on policy, then you would notice that Obama's & Hillary's policies were night and day compared to McCain.

    So I would like to reiterate...HILLARY SUPPORTS that are upset and say they will not vote for Obama...GET OVER IT!!!! SHE LOST!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Anne E.

    Fine, Ted. Our future president doesn't need someone like you anyway. You and Dan Boren get today's Snarky Award.

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Jessica, MI

    I don't understand why this guy's name was even thrown out there. Wasn't this the same guy who stood there like a giant tool nodding his head behind Hillary during her "shame on you, Barack Obama!" rant?

    Who needs him?

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Thomas for Hillary

    I never cease to amaze me how Obama supporters are just plain nuts. Just because Governor Strickland doesn't have interest in being Obama's Vice, it's all Hillary's fault. You Obama people give Hillary so much credit and act like she is doing this and that. Maybe, just maybe, the man doesn't want to be Obama's vice, did you ever take the time to think of that ? Before you start with you Hillary conspiracy theories. Some of you need to really check yourselves (mentally).

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Frandis

    obama knows what he is doing. We know who really doesnt want him to win. Do you actually think we are stupid to think the us is going to run happily and elect a black man just because. We know Obama will have a true challenge. But the change and goodness and hope will come out, and all those folk who were racist and just down right mean, will get blessings too.
    Obama and Whoever he choses '08

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Michelle of Minnesota

    Only one fully qualified to be Obama's Vice-President: OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/OPRAH 2008!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Erick FL

    Kathy, I couldn't agree more...Thank you

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. BooHillary

    Just another Clinton tactic to get herself on President Obama's ticket. Lost at Strickland record. He's a weak candidate anyways.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. My Home State

    Strickland is more than willing to help Obama win our state, he just knows he's the best thing that's happened to Ohio in a long time, and he has an obligation to the states. I have faith Obama will win Ohio, with Strickland by his side the whole way.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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