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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he has no interest in becoming president
Unlike Sen. Portman, Brown says he would rather stay in the senate
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he satisfied in the Senate.
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Recently, Ohio's Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman indicated he would be open to a presidential bid in 2016.

But Ohio's other U.S. senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, says he has zero interest in running for president or vice president in 2016.

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"I think you can't do your job in the United States Senate representing a state as well as you should if you are looking over your shoulder and thinking about your ambitions to be president or vice president," Brown says.

"I have no interest. I love this job. I don't want to put my wife or my grown children through anything like that. I am very satisfied with the work and the privilege I have to serve in the Senate, period."

Brown says he also plans to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald this fall, despite problems the candidate has had in recent weeks. FitzGerald has admitted to driving without a valid license for the better part of a decade and his top campaign staffers are leaving their posts.

Brown says FitzGerald and fellow Democrats should focus on turning out Democrats at the polls.

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