HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell said his statement earlier this month that some Pennsylvanians would not vote for a black candidate shows why he would be a "terrible liability" as a vice presidential candidate.
Rendell, a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, reiterated Saturday that he had no interest in being a running mate. "I think I proved a couple weeks ago why nobody would want me as vice presidential nominee," Rendell said in an interview with the Patriot-News and Politico for C-Span's Newsmakers. "I have a terrible liability." He also ruled out leaving office to become a White House cabinet member until his term is up in 2011.
Rendell was criticized after saying in an interview this month that some white Pennsylvanians were likely to vote against Clinton's rival, Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.), because he is black. - AP