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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown: Shy Or Sly About '08 Dems

CLEVELAND (TDB) -- Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says he doesn't have a favorite in the 2008 presidential primaries and seems to have put himself in the I-could-care-less camp. Brown told The Plain Dealer's political writer Mark Naymik he's staying neutral until a nominee is picked.

"Frankly, I don't want to be distracted by this. It just doesn't matter to me," Brown said.

Guess that means he soon won't be writing any checks for Hillary, or Dennis Kucinich, the Cleveland congressman who comes from the same chunk of Ohio as Brown. Or Obama, Edwards or anyone else. The whole field is out there right now stumping like crazy, trying to raise money and line up backers. Brown plans to watch from the sidelines, then "work hard for the nominee."

Can Brown hold to his plan? Will pressure build? Time will tell. Naymik's interview with the senator is an AUDIO on The Plain Dealer's politics portal. Brown did have a few choice words to say about Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential candidate who wants to add troops in Iraq.

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