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A Tale of Two Weeks: Portman’s Grassroots Team Blankets Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had another impressive week. On Monday, July 4th, while Ted Strickland was nowhere to be found, Rob, Jane, and the campaign’s grassroots team of nearly 2,000 interns and volunteers marched in parades and attended numerous festivals all over Ohio. On Tuesday, the campaign released its newest TV ad, "Steel," which highlights Rob's record of standing up to China and fighting for Ohio workers against China's unfair trade practices. Finally, the campaign announced this week that Rob raised $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile, Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign was nowhere to be found over the Fourth of July weekend. It's an unprecedented approach, and Ted may be the first candidate in American political history to take the Fourth of July weekend off – although he did find time to send a fundraising email on Independence Day. In other news, Ted Strickland is the only major U.S. Senate candidate who hasn’t released his second quarter fundraising numbers yet.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, July 4th:
Rob, Jane, and the campaign’s grassroots team of nearly 2,000 interns and volunteers marched in 17 parades and attended three festivals all over Ohio to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Where was Ted Strickland? His low-energy, “invisible” campaign was nowhere to be found. It's an unprecedented approach, and Ted may be the first candidate in American political history to take the Fourth of July weekend off - although he did find time to send a fundraising email on Independence Day.

You may click HERE for a side-by-side picture recap of the Team Portman and Team Strickland weekends.

Here is what they had to say:
Washington Free Beacon: Strickland, the one-time governor of Ohio, was largely out of view during the holiday.

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Tuesday, July 5th:
The Portman for Senate campaign released "Steel," the campaign's newest TV ad, which highlights Rob's record of standing up to China and fighting for Ohio workers against China's unfair trade practices. The campaign is spending over $1 million broadcasting this ad across Ohio for two weeks. The ad features Burke Byer of Byer Steel, a family-owned steel manufacturer that employs 90 workers in Cincinnati. One of the biggest issues in this race is which candidate can Ohio workers trust to protect their jobs and fight against China. "Steel" shows the work Rob has done to fight for Ohio workers and protect Ohio jobs from China. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Steel."

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The campaign’s new ad, “Steel” attracts numerous headlines including:
Toledo Blade: Portman launching $1M TV ad campaign
Real Clear Politics: Portman Releases New Ad on China, Trade
Washington Examiner: Portman shifts focus to China in new ad

Also on Tuesday, Politico highlighted that Governor John Kasich is all in for Rob for numerous reasons including, “he’s probably one of the most effective guys in the U.S. Senate. He understands how to not only be a conservative, but to get along with other people.” Rob referred to Kasich as the "perfect messenger," saying that the Governor will most effectively be able to tell the story of Ohio's comeback from the days of Retread Ted Strickland when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation. You may click here to read the entire Politico story: Ohio’s bromance: Kasich goes all-out to save Portman

Wednesday, July 6th:
The Portman for Senate campaign announced that Rob raised $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. The campaign will report well over $13 million cash-on-hand and now has more than 14,000 individual donors from Ohio, representing more than 80 percent of the campaign's donors. Last year, the campaign raised a record-setting total of $9.8 million, a record for an off-year in Ohio and the most of any targeted Senate campaign in 2015

Here is what they had to say about Rob’s fundraising efforts:
Politico: Portman rakes in $4 million for race vs. Strickland
Columbus Dispatch: Portman has more than $13 million in the bank
Roll Call: Portman's Fundraising Firewall Improves
Toledo Blade: Portman raises $3.8 million for re-election bid in second quarter
NewsMax: Ohio Sen. Portman Raises $3.8M in Senate Race Against Strickland
Cleveland.com: Rob Portman continues to collect millions in campaign contributions
Washington Examiner: Portman announces $4 million haul, $13 million in the bank

Thursday, July 7th:
Ted Strickland’s staff came out of hiding to tell Cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer what he was up to over the Fourth of July Weekend:

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Friday, July 8th:
Rob’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 407-5 making it one step closer to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Here’s what they had to say:
Portsmouth Daily Times: CARA passes the House
Ripon Advance News Service: Conference committee reaches agreement on Portman’s opioid epidemic bill, House approves bill

Rob also stopped by the Dayton office to visit with some of the campaign’s army of 500 full-time summer interns:

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