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A Tale of Two Weeks: Portman Kicks off "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, Ted Strickland was rarely seen in public, continued to face bad press for his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death, and had to answer to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper who admitted that Ted is losing to Rob.

Meanwhile, the Portman Campaign racked up another impressive week including the release of two new TV ads, including one featuring General Barry McCaffrey, and stops on its “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour, which will make 50 stops across 30 counties and cover over 3,500 miles. The tour will make stops with members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who recently endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who all agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland's Ohio.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, August 15th:

While Ted Strickland was not seen in public and faced headlines such as "Strickland's comments on Scalia shameful" and "Why Have Some Unions Endorsed a Republican for Senate?," Rob made his way to Cleveland and Akron as part of his “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour. Among Rob's stops were a roundtable with Ukrainian and Eastern European Leaders as well as a lunch cookout with the Akron Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7. In July, the FOP of Ohio – the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members – endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Akron Beacon Journal: Akron police union welcomes Portman, applauds GOP senator for labor friendliness

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The Portman for Senate campaign also released a new statewide television ad, "Sheriff," featuring Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer discussing Ted Strickland's failed record on drug addiction and mental health funding. Following Friday's release of a false ad from Ted Strickland's out-of-state allies attacking Rob's leadership on Ohio's opioid epidemic, the Portman campaign is running "Sheriff" statewide and to targeted audiences online. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch our new TV ad, “Sheriff.”

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Tuesday, August 16th:

On the heels of receiving four major union endorsements, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it launched Snapchat geofilters for the Clinton rally in Cleveland. The filters reminded voters at the rally that over 100,000 union workers and families are rejecting Ted Strickland by highlighting Rob's endorsements from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - which represents over 50,000 members from across Ohio - and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio - the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members. Rob has now been endorsed by four major unions, the Teamsters, the FOP, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America, that previously endorsed Ted Strickland. The Portman campaign previously had volunteers passing out flyers at Clinton events in Columbus and Youngstown and signed up over 400 new supporters and received over 100 yard sign requests. On Tuesday, volunteers passed out two-sided flyer again. You may click HERE to view them.

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While Ted Strickland faced another editorial criticizing him for his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death, Rob made his way from Butler County to Dayton and Maplewood as part of his “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour.
Among Rob's stops yesterday were an office opening in Butler County, a Shelby County GOP picnic in Maplewood, and a visit in Dayton with members from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18. In July, the IUOE - representing over 15,000 members from across Ohio - endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.

WLWT: Rob Portman kicks off campaign tour in West Chester

Dayton Daily News: Republican campaigned in area Tuesday for the second time in four days

WDTN: Sen. Rob Portman swings by Five on 2 amid campaign

WHIO: Portman's growing union support

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Wednesday, August 17th:
The Ohio Veterans United endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. The group of veterans agrees Rob is the only candidate in this race with a proven record of standing up for Ohio veterans and their families. Following the endorsement event at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931, Founder and Honorary Chair of Ohio Veterans United and Air Force Veteran and Vietnam POW Colonel Thomas Moe said, "Rob understands the sacrifices American servicemen and women make for their country and their families. From cost of living increases to education benefits, job training and housing assistance, Rob has worked tirelessly for the men and women who wear our Nation’s uniform, veterans and their families. Ohio Veterans United is proud to endorse his candidacy."

Cleveland.com: Rob Portman wins endorsement from Ohio veterans' group

Stow Sentry: Portman endorsed by veterans group, ready to debate Strickland

Gongwer
: Portman Accepts Endorsement of Ohio Veterans United


In addition to Rob's endorsement, his "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour made stops at the Franklin County GOP Judicial Salute, and a board meeting with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.


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Thursday, August 18th:
While Ted Strickland did not make a public appearance and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper admitted that Ted is losingRob and Governor John Kasich hit the campaign trail making stops in Dayton and Columbus to meet with Portman for Senate volunteers and interns as part of Rob's “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of Day 6 of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour.

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Here is what they had to say:

Cleveland.com: Rob Portman, John Kasich help each other out on the campaign trail

WDTN: Hoping to hook voters, Senator Rob Portman arrived with Ohio Governor John Kasich Thursday as part of a 2-week RV tour throughout the state. 50 stops and 50 opportunities to spread their message about improving the state’s economy. “A lot of people are seeing flat wages and higher expenses,” Portman said. “The middle class squeeze is very really in this state. I hear about it everywhere I go.” Portman’s message is resonating with some young people, like Rachel Farmer, who’s concerned about the nation’s trillions in debt.

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Dayton Daily News
: Strickland was portrayed by Kasich and Portman as a failed governor who oversaw a decline in jobs and left the state with an $8 billion projected budget deficit and a nearly drained rainy day fund.

Columbus Dispatch: Portman is counting on Kasich to continue to rally to his side as he defends his seat against the Democrat who Kasich dumped from office in 2010 -- former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Gongwer: There is no doubt, though, that Sen. Portman will win with how organized his campaign is, Gov. Kasich said. From the Columbus campaign office they visited on Tuesday, volunteers have reached out to 700,000 Ohioans over the last year between phone calls and door knocking, Sen. Portman said. In all, his campaign has reached out to 3.3 million Ohioans so far. The senator is energizing volunteers at campaign headquarters across the state during a two­-week bus tour to visit 30 counties that he's currently in the midst of.

WBNS: Portman is Picking Up Endorsements, Campaigns with Governor Kasich

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HIO: John Kasich Campaigns with Fellow Republican Rob Portman

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Friday, August 19th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign released a new TV ad featuring the endorsement of General Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star General, recipient of three Purple Heart medals, and former President Bill Clinton’s “drug czar” and Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ad will air statewide and is part of the campaign's $15 million advertising reservation. You may watch the ad by clicking here or on the video below.

Watch McCaffrey Now

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