CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This week, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Portman for Senate campaign had another impressive week beginning with a Habitat for Humanity build and its big Volunteer Appreciation Event where more than 500 Rob Portman interns and volunteers filled an auditorium to hear from Rob, Jane, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. On Tuesday, Rob joined Team River Runner to kayak on the Cuyahoga River with wounded veterans. On Wednesday, Governor John Kasich and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges joined Rob and Jane at a reception for the Ohio Delegation and hundreds of volunteers and interns. Throughout the week, Rob and Jane took time to visit with Ohio delegates at the RNC. Finally, a new poll was released this week showing Rob beating Ted Strickland, 37 percent to 33 percent.
Meanwhile, after taking the last few weeks off, Ted Strickland finally decided to wander out into public for only one public appearance this week. Unfortunately for him, his appearance turned into a disaster when he was blasted for being "racially insensitive" by Chinese American advocates for using fortune cookies for a failed political attack. In the same disastrous press conference, Ted shamefully criticized Rob, Habitat for Humanity, and dozens of volunteers for helping to rehab an entire city block of 17 homes in Cleveland. Attacking Habitat for Humanity is shameful even by Ted Strickland's standards.
The Portman for Senate Campaign also spent this week exposing Ted Strickland’s shameful record on Cleveland. It’s clear that no one is happier than Ted that the RNC has come to a close.
Here is a review of the week that was:
Monday, July 18th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign hosted more than 500 Rob Portman interns and volunteers from each of the campaign’s 10 field offices and over 30 college campuses around Ohio to its Volunteer Appreciation Event. The group filled an auditorium on the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus and heard from Rob, Jane, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst.
On display were the unprecedented grassroots efforts that the campaign launched more than a year ago. Using highly-sophisticated data targeting efforts, the campaign has continued to make significant strides. The campaign's army of interns and volunteers has now contacted 2.8 million targeted swing voters and that the campaign is on pace to hit its goal of 3 million contacts by the end of month. Here's a quick recap:
Here is what they had to say:
Cleveland.com: A few hundred volunteers and supporters packed into an auditorium on the Tri-C campus Monday afternoon to celebrate volunteer accomplishments and rally for the candidate.
Washington Examiner: They mentioned the seven campaign coalitions, ten state field offices and Portman's tireless campaigning in comparison with Strickland's.
Morning Consult: There were hundreds of young volunteers cheering on their state’s junior senator in the auditorium of a community college.
Buzzfeed: In his remarks before a packed auditorium of his campaign interns and reporters on Monday, Portman and his guest speakers often brought up his bipartisan work on the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act.
After the Volunteer Appreciation Event, Rob and Jane visited with Ohio delegates on the floor of the RNC.
Meanwhile, Ted Strickland had a serious case of the Mondays. First, he shamefully criticized Rob, Habitat for Humanity, and dozens of volunteers for helping to rehab an entire city block of 17 homes in Cleveland. Attacking Habitat for Humanity is shameful even by Ted Strickland's standards. Then he was blasted for being "racially insensitive" by Chinese American advocates when he used fortune cookies for a failed political attack. While he was facing tough questions about his offensive actions, the media reported he "was then pulled away by his staff before he could answer any more questions."
Here is what they had to say about Ted’s “racially insensitive” comments:
Ohio Statehouse News Bureau: It’s former Gov. Ted Strickland who’s taking flak for the use of what some are calling “racially insensitive” propaganda.
Cleveland.com: Ted Strickland's fortune-cookie gimmick isn't to everyone's taste
Washington Free Beacon: Strickland Campaign Distributes Fortune Cookies to Highlight Opponent’s Record on China
NBC News: Ohio Senate Candidate Criticizes Opponent with Fortune Cookies
Morning Consult: Strickland Campaign Uses Fortune Cookies to Push Chinese Narrative Against Portman
Lisa Wong with the Organization of Chinese Americans, Cleveland Chapter: Creating propaganda like that creates racial tension and there are already Asian Americans in the United States that already have issues with the typecast as ‘foreigner.’ And something like this doesn’t help because he’s capitalizing, he’s banking on people’s negative feelings about China and that affects us here as Chinese Americans.
Johnny Wu with the Organization of Chinese Americans: A representative who has been once a governor of Ohio is doing something that is hurting the citizens that are living in the state and not deciding to be careful of the diverse culture here in the city.
Earlier in the day, the Portman for Senate Campaign released its web ad, "Cleveland's Biggest Enemy” featuring Ted Strickland referring to Cleveland as its own worst enemy, and highlighting how Strickland was called the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime. You may click HERE or below to watch "Cleveland's Biggest Enemy.”
Tuesday, July 19th:
Rob participated in Team River Runner’s (TRR’s) fundraising event, Paddling for Patriots, which featured live demonstrations of their adaptive paddling programs for wounded and disabled service members and veterans. The event, sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), also featured a friendly kayak race between veterans using Team River Runner’s adaptive technology and Rob, who is an avid kayaker in his personal time. Here's a quick recap video from Tuesday's event that we think you will enjoy:
Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld from FOX News’ the Five joined Rob at the fundraiser. You may clickHERE or on the video below to watch their story.
On Tuesday, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched TedOnCleveland.com and released banner ads promoting the website that will run in Cleveland through the November 8th election.
Wednesday, July 20th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign released another web ad, "Cleveland's Fair Share.” The ad features Ted Strickland saying Cleveland got its "fair share" during his single failed term as governor, despite greater Cleveland losing more than 76,000 jobs on his watch. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch.
Rob stopped by the Ohio Delegation breakfast featuring Congressman Pat Tiberi and Speaker Paul Ryan.
The Portman for Senate Campaign released a new web video recapping Tuesday’s Team River Runner event with wounded veterans. You may click HERE or below to watch.
Governor John Kasich and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges joined Rob and Jane at a Portman for Senate reception for the Ohio Delegation and hundreds of volunteers and interns. Check out this picture from the event. Rob spoke to a packed house!
After the reception, Rob and Jane visited with fellow Ohioans on the floor of the RNC.
Thursday, July 21st:
Rob spoke at the Ohio Delegation Breakfast, which also featured Governor John Kasich, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Rob spoke about the Ohio comeback from the days of Retread Ted Strickland when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation. He talked about his accomplishments in the U.S. Senate, which include passing nearly 50 bills into law including his Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which recently passed the U.S. Senate 92-2.
Finally, a new poll was released this week showing Rob beating Ted Strickland, 37 percent to 33 percent.