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A Tale of Two Weeks: “Democrats have lost confidence in Strickland's ability to defeat Portman"

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had another impressive week including the release of its latest TV ad, "Second Chance," highlighting Rob's work to reduce recidivism, the re-release of its ads “Cleveland’s Biggest Enemy” and “Cleveland’s Fair Share," three new polls showing Rob ahead of Strickland by as many as 18 points, Rob hitting the campaign trail with Condoleezza Rice in Toledo, and the Wall Street Journal crediting Rob with "running one of the best-organized ground operations in the country."

Also this week, Rob and Ted Strickland met at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Toledo Blade joint editorial board interviews, as well as the first debate of the U.S. Senate race. While Rob delivered a commanding performance highlighting his record of accomplishments passing 45 bills into law, helping Ohio workers fight back against illegal trade, combating human trafficking, and fighting Ohio’s heroin addiction epidemic, Strickland seemed rattled, relied on his printed sheets of talking points, and failed to offer any plans for the future.

Unfortunately for Ted, the editorial board interviews and the first debate weren't his only low points of the week as he was also stuck on defense after his underfunded campaign was forced to cancel TV ads in all but two media markets and after Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC made the official announcement that it cancelled every penny worth of ads in Ohio on behalf of Strickland's retread candidacy for U.S. Senate. The former governor was also referred to by Roll Call as "the worst Democratic candidate of the cycle," and has refused to release his fundraising numbers. As a reminder, more than a week ago Rob announced his largest fundraising quarter of the cycle raising over $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, October 10th:
The Portman for Senate campaign released its latest TV ad, "Second Chance." The ad highlights Rob's work to reduce recidivism through his legislation co-authored with the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), the Second Chance Act. The ad features a testimonial from the Reverend Henry Curtis of Cleveland and is running statewide. You may click HERE or below to watch "Second Chance."

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Tuesday, October 11th:
Here is what they had to say about Rob's "Second Chance" TV ad:

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer: Portman, meanwhile, released his own, positive ad on Monday touting his "Second Chance Act," which gives money and guidance to programs that offer ex-cons drug recovery, job training, and mental health treatment. The senator is currently working with Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont to reauthorize the law, originally passed in 2008.  In the ad, the Rev. Henry Curtis of Cleveland's St. John AME Church says the law shows that Portman "cares about people -- he's making a difference."
  • Politico: African American leader gives testimonial for Portman ad: Ohio Rev. Henry Curtis talks about GOP Sen. Rob Portman's work to reduce recidivism in a new ad. The spot highlights Portman’s work on “the Second Chance Act, which helps people have that second chance to get back on their feet,” Portman says in the ad. “It also provides drug treatment programs and job skills. This is about helping people.”
  • National Journal: Rob Portman (R) launched a new TV ad featuring Cleveland Reverend Henry Curtis who praises the Republican’s work fighting criminal recidivism. Portman speaks to the camera as well, saying he’s the author of a bill that “helps people have that second chance to get back on their feet,” while also providing “drug treatment programs and job skills.”
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In other news, Jane spoke to Mrs. Mathis' 4th, 5th and 6th grade class about life in public service and on the campaign trail. Check out this great photo of Jane with all the students:

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Meanwhile, Roll Call called Strickland "the worst Democratic candidate of the cycle" for "his stumbling performances on the campaign trail, target-rich record, and inability to raise much money — even when things were going well." Don't just take our work for it, click HERE to read the full article.

The Wall Street Journal reported breaking news that Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC officially cancelled every penny worth of ads in Ohio on behalf of Ted Strickland's retread candidacy for U.S. Senate saying, "Democrats have lost confidence in former Gov. Ted Strickland’s ability to defeat Sen. Rob Portman" and that "Portman has been credited with running one of the best-organized ground operations in the country." As we said yesterday, this leaves Ted Strickland's underfunded campaign with no allies. Last Friday evening, the DSCC announced they were also abandoning him, cancelling the last $3.8 million of their reservation. This fall, both the DSCC and Senate Majority PAC originally reserved $10 million each in Ohio, and now both are on track to spend $0 in support of Ted Strickland. Don't just take our word for it, click HERE to read the article in its entirety. Here is what 10TV in Columbus had to say:

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Wednesday, October 12th:
In honor of Rob and Strickland’s joint editorial board interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Portman for Senate Campaign re-released its ads, “Cleveland’s Biggest Enemy” and “Cleveland’s Fair Share.” The ads remind voters in Cleveland of the former governor’s awful record, his shameful comments referring to Cleveland as its own worst enemy, and how he was called the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime. The campaign is spending $235,000 running these web ads in Cuyahoga County until Election Day. Be sure to click below to watch “Cleveland’s Biggest Enemy” and “Cleveland’s Fair Share.”

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Finally, Rob and Strickland faced off in a joint editorial board interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. While Rob delivered a commanding performance highlighting his record of accomplishments passing 45 bills into law, helping Ohio workers fight back against illegal trade, combating human trafficking, and fighting Ohio’s heroin addiction epidemic, Strickland seemed rattled, relied on his printed sheets of talking points, and failed to offer any plans for the future.

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Finally, a new Ohio Senate Poll conducted Sunday, October 9th to Tuesday, October 11th shows Rob ahead of Strickland by 12 points (48 percent to 36 percent). Be sure to click HERE to see the poll.

Thursday, October 13th:
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined Rob on the campaign trail in Toledo to meet with and thank Portman for Senate interns and volunteers with just under a month until Election Day. Be sure to click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of their visit.

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Here are some pictures from their visit:

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After their stop, Rob headed to the Toledo Blade for a joint editorial board meeting where again, Rob delivered an impressing performance highlighting his record of accomplishments for Toledo including passing 45 bills into law, helping Ohio workers fight back against illegal trade, combating human trafficking, and fighting Ohio’s heroin addiction epidemic. On the other hand, Strickland again relied on his printed sheets of talking points, and failed to offer any plans for the future. The choice for U.S. Senate in this race could not be more clear.

Finally, Rob had dinner in Warren with Delphi Retirees. He's been hard at work fighting to restore their healthcare and full pensions, and as one Delphi retiree said, "A lot of people will give you lip service. Rob is someone who gets things done."

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In other news, Roll Call reported that behind closed doors, Strickland's fellow Democrats are conceding that he will "lose" due to his "poor performance." Don't just take our work for it. Click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

Finally, two new polls were released Thursday showing Rob ahead of Strickland by as many as 18 points.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist: Portman up 18 (Portman 55 - Strickland 37)

Emerson: Portman up 17 (Portman 47 - Strickland 30)

And finally, news broke Thursday that things "are so bad" for Ted Strickland that he has cancelled ads across Ohio with the exceptions of the Columbus and Cleveland media markets signifying that his low-energy, "invisible" campaign is falling apart. Here is what they had to say:

Columbus Dispatch: Portman holds strong lead in poll as Strickland scales back TV buys

Youngstown Vindicator: It’s so bad for Strickland that he pulled his TV commercials from every market except Cleveland and Columbus... Without that much-needed outside money, Strickland is virtually invisible on the airwaves of Ohio.

NBC: In Ohio, incumbent GOP Sen. Rob Portman holds an 18-point lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland, 55 percent to 37 percent.

Emerson: In the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, incumbent Rob Portman has a commanding 17-point lead over former Governor Ted Strickland.

Cleveland.com: Both polls showed U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, holding a commanding lead over his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland.  The Marist poll showed Portman leading Strickland by 18 points, 55 percent to 37 percent, while the Emerson poll showed Portman leading 47 percent to 30 percent.

Friday, October 14th:
The Portman for Senate campaign today released its latest web video, "No I Did Not." This week, Ted Strickland struggled to defend his offensive remarks over the past few months, even attempting to rewrite history and tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board that he didn't say them. The campaign has set a goal to have one million views of this video across all digital platforms before Election Day. Be sure to click HERE or below to watch "No I Did Not."

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Finally, Rob and Strickland faced off in the first debate of the Ohio Senate race today. The debate focused on the stark difference in the records of Ohio’s two candidates for United States Senate: Rob is an independent voice getting results for Ohio, passing over 45 bills into law, including efforts to combat Ohio’s addiction epidemic and fight back against human trafficking. On the other hand, Ted Strickland has the worst record of any candidate in America. Ted was recently named the worst candidate of the cycle because of his awful record. As an ineffective congressman, Ted failed to pass a single bill into law during his 12 years in Congress, and Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation on his watch as governor. There’s a reason the Ohio Teamsters, the Ohio FOP, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers endorsed Rob after previously supporting Ted: Ohio simply cannot afford a return to Retread Ted’s Ohio.

The Portman for Senate campaign launched these Snapchat filters in Youngstown for the debate highlighting the records of the two candidates:

Rob Results Snapchat Ted's Failure Snapchat

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