Pros: One of the pre-eminent Christian conservatives in the country, the Ohio governor would strengthen Obama's credo with a Christian demographic that has been difficult to reach for democratic candidates. Strickland could bring perhaps the most important state in this election (as it was in 2004) into the Obama camp - as he did for Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Cons: As Strickland's primary focus as governor has been on education and criminal justice issues, he may not complement Obama in the usual connotation of the word. Significantly, Strickland does not tout the foreign policy credentials that may prove critical when running against John McCain. In addition, Strickland is not as ideologically liberal as Obama. Moreover, Strickland has said that he may not be inclined to accept the position if offered.
Ideological Similarity: 5
Added Electability: 8