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Strickland Takes Himself Out of the Vice Presidential Running

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, pictured in February 2008, says he is not interested in being considered for vice president by Sen. Barack Obama. (Associated Press)

By Jonathan Weisman
Ted Strickland, the popular governor of Ohio and a prominent supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is not going to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate.

"If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve," Strickland told National Public Radio's "All Things Considered. "So, I don't know how more crystal clear I can be."

Strickland's name was high on the list of potential vice presidential nominees for Obama. He would bring executive branch experience to a freshman senator's ticket, and could go a long way to digging Obama out of the Ohio hole found himself in after he was badly beaten there by Clinton. Obama aides insist they can win the White House without winning the Buckeye State, but it will not be easy -- especially with Obama's problems in another key big swing state, Florida.

Strickland did say he is committed to helping Obama win his pivotal state in November. Asked what Obama's chances are, the governor replied, "I would say somewhere around 5 in a scale of 1 to 10. I think it's, I just think it's a challenge because of the nature of our state."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 10, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
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