This is the only statement I will make on the subject and I would ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family during this time by not swarming our homes (I honestly don't remember how many we have - but I'll have my vast staff get back to you ASAP with the answer) with unnecessary 24/7 media coverage.
I can tell you with 100% certainty that I am not Barack Obama's choice for Vice President. No, I do not know who he chose. Yes, I agree that an Obama-Little Merry Sunshine ticket would have been powerful and one filled with hope and lots of change. Unfortunately, I believe I was not chosen due to my status as a "private citizen" and the Obama campaign was worried I could not bring in any swing states. Oh, and since I'm from Illinois, I really wouldn't add anything to the ticket as far as electoral votes. No, I'm not terribly disappointed. It was an honor to simply be considered.