Brown Denies He's Eyeing Spot On National Ticket In 2016


Senator Sherrod Brown says "it's very cool" that several Ohioans are being mentioned to be on a national political ticket in 2016, but strongly denies it is something he's pursuing.

“I have no interest in running for president, no interest in vice president,” said Brown.  “I like serving in the senate.  I haven’t announced my plans for 2018 but I hope I’m there for a while.”

The talk about Brown running for president has increased this summer after left-leaning publications like Daily Kos and TV commentators, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, have pushed him to run.

Brown's name has also been brought up as a potential vice presidential nominee because his progressive views, and the fact he's from Ohio, could compliment a more centrist Democrat like Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary or any other presidential candidate knows that I want to stay in the senate," Brown told 10TV.  "I really believe that if your focus is elsewhere, to be president or vice president, you cannot be as good as senator."

Brown says the vice presidency is a job that is sought out by many in the senate just "not publicly."

Now in his second term, Brown says the fact his name is mentioned along with his colleague Rob Portman and Gov John Kasich, both said to be considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, is reflective of Ohio's political importance.

"Somebody who lives in Connecticut said to me in the 2012 race that we're sick and tired of every four years there being an election for president of Ohio," said Brown.  "We know Ohio is the swingstate in the country.  The Republicans are headed to Cleveland for a reason for their convention in 2016 and I think there's a very good chance the Democrats will choose Columbus.  I think that speaks volumes about the importance of this state."

Portman told 10TV last month that he is considering a possible run for the top spot on the GOP ticket.

"I'm concerned right now as to us having a field of candidates who are talking about the right issues, and also who can win by broadening the Republican message and base because if we don't we'll have a tough time winning national elections," said Portman.  "And I'll see."

Kasich previously told 10TV that he has no interest in running.

"I tried to run for president back at the end of the '90s and 2000 and no one was interested," said Kasich.  “And, I really was trying.  Now, I'm not interested and everyone puts your name up.  So I don't know what that says about life."