Ohio’s governor Ted Strickland won’t run for vice president.
Asked on NPR’s “All Things Considered” if he is auditioning to be Obama’s running mate, Strickland said, “Absolutely not. If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve.
So, I don’t know how more crystal clear I can be.”
Strickland was seen by some political handicappers as an attractive vice presidential pick for Obama because he is a popular chief executive and former House member who hails from Ohio, the state which decided the 2004 election.
When questioned by NPR’s Michele Norris if his statement was the kind of insincere disavowal of interest offered by other VP hopefuls, Strickland contrasted his own flat denial of interest with what he has heard from other VP prospects.
“No, I don’t think they all say that,” said Strickland. “I’ve heard people say, ‘you know, if I was asked, it would certainly be something I would have to consider.”
The righties are seeing this as a sign of moderate Democrats running away from Obama’s candidacy and as a sign of his weakness in the white middle class demographic. Actually, I’m guessing that Gov. Strickland, who was just elected in 2006, has enough to do with governing the state, especially after the disaster left by the Taft administration, not to mention his own administration’s problems with the recent news about the state attorney general being forced out of office because of a sex scandal.
I also think that Mr. Strickland would not be Mr. Obama’s first choice as a vice president anyway, and the only person who actually considered him seriously enough for the job was the interviewer on NPR.