start as Terrace Park’s Portman endorses Romney
January 23, 2012
junior senator, Rob Portman of Terrace Park, endorsed GOP presidential
contender Mitt Romney in South Carolina Thursday, immediately firing up
speculation that Portman could be a potential running mate for the GOP
who attended the GOP candidates’ debate in South Carolina Thursday
the resume of a vice presidential candidate – seven terms representing
Southwest Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, White House experience as
President George W. Bush’s trade representative and budget director,
recently as a member of the bipartisan “super committee’ charged with
substantial cuts in federal spending.
endorsement statement, Portman took a jab at President Barack Obama, in
addition to lauding Romney.
ago, President Obama came to Ohio and promised to change the broken
Washington and fix our economy – he has failed on both counts,” Portman
“Mitt Romney has been a lifelong leader who has shown how to bring
together to turn around tough situations. And right now, that’s exactly
our nation needs.”
called Portman a “leader in the fight for a balanced budget” and said
“an honor to have the support of such a committed public servant.”
move also highlights the key role Ohio will play as a battleground
state in the
may want to pick somebody more associated with the Tea Party movement,
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., or somebody more closely associated with
conservatives of the party, such as former senator and GOP rival Rick
Democrats quickly tried to add their voice to the story, using
announcement to throw a punch at Romney, who appears to be solidifying
for the nomination. The Ohio presidential primary is March 6.
don’t need someone as president who puts the needs of big corporations
wealthiest among us ahead of the needs of the middle class,” Seth
spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, said of Romney in a statement
visit to South Carolina to endorse Romney came two days before the
Carolina primary. If Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, wins
many Republicans believe he will be unstoppable in his march to the GOP
among other GOP presidential contenders, came to Ohio in 2009 to help
money for Portman’s successful 2010 Senate campaign.
Portman went on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and was hammered with questions
whether or not he would be interested in the No. 2 spot on the GOP
interested,’’ Portman said. “I’m not seeking it.”
ago, Portman was among a number of potential running mates vetted by
campaign of GOP nominee John McCain.
McCain landed on then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
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