Recently, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (with Barack Obama, left) and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (with Hillary Rodham Clinton, far left) publicly declined VP consideration. Webb said he wanted to use his "efforts and talents" in the Senate to work on issues he cares about. For instance, he sponsored a recently passed bill that expanded education benefits for veterans. But he promised to "proudly campaign" for the Illinois senator. Strickland's popularity in Ohio, an important battleground state, had led to speculation that he would be a smart choice for the ticket. Strickland had supported Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the primaries.
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