Governor says he has no regrets about his campaignWritten by Associated Press | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said Friday there was nothing he could have done differently to win re-election and he has no regrets about his campaign.
“I think we did everything possible,” Strickland said. “I think our effort was fairly monumental. I think we were fighting against a huge national wave that was sweeping the country. And I’m not sure anything could have been done.”
Strickland, a Democrat, lost Tuesday’s race to Republican John Kasich, a former congressman.
He made the comments to reporters following an event where he inducted veterans into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Colin Powell, who served as President George Bush’s first secretary of state, made a surprise appearance.
Powell told the audience he was in Columbus to give a speech when he heard about the ceremony. He said he wanted to meet the inductees and thank them for their service and sacrifice while he was in town.
Reflecting on his gubernatorial loss with reporters, Strickland told a story about how he walked into a restaurant after Election Day, catching some customers by surprise.
“I said, ‘I’m not dead, you know? I’m still alive. And I’m the governor. And I’ll be the governor for several more weeks,” Strickland said.
During his final days in office, Strickland said he has things he wants to accomplish. But he did not give specifics. “I don’t want to layout an end game agenda,” he said.
Strickland said he’ll continue to make the decisions, big or small, that a state leader has to make. “I’ll function as governor up until the 9th of January.”
The governor said he hasn’t yet decided what he will do after his term ends.
“Life unfolds” Strickland said. “My concern right now is for a lot of people who worked for me and with me whose lives have been sort of turned upside down here.”
The governor said he respects the democratic process and that the people have chosen new leadership.
Strickland said he did not know what policies the new administration would be pursuing or what the public’s reaction would be. “But I and everybody else will be watching and wondering.”