Strickland's News Not New

Gov. Ted Strickland's strict and unequivocal statement about his lack of interest in being vice president or accepting a nomination was news to most of the media, and to me. But not to Ohioans. It seems that Strickland has said the exact same thing for a year. Didn't matter whether Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee. Here's Strickland in November of 2007.

An aide to Strickland e-mails: "Governor Strickland has said, consistently and unequivocally for several months now, that he has had no interest in appearing on the national ticket and that he would turn down any offers (while trying not to sound presumptuous, of course!)."

So it's not quite right to interpret Strickland's comments as a reproach to Barack Obama.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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