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A Tale of Two Weeks: Strickland's Worst Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week’s Tale of Two Weeks was titled “'Democrats are 'Fretting' Over Strickland,” and not much changed this week as Ted Strickland faced another avalanche of bad press—on the very week he launched his campaign reset by going on television a month earlier than planned—for his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death and criticism of his ad which completely avoids discussing his time as governor despite being a biographical ad.

Meanwhile, the Portman Campaign racked up another impressive week including the announcement of its “Moving Ohio Forward” RV Tour, which will make 50 stops across 30 counties and cover over 3,500 miles and the release of two new polls showing Rob up by as much as 9 points.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, August 8th:

Rob stopped by the Portman for Senate Campaign's Cincinnati office to meet with interns and volunteers as well as help make phone calls to a handful of targeted swing voters.

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Tuesday, August 9th:

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll was released showing Rob ahead of Ted Strickland by five points.

Cleveland.com: The Marist poll also found Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman leading Democratic rival Ted Strickland 48 percent to 43 percent. It's the latest survey to show Portman pulling ahead of Strickland in Ohio's U.S. Senate race.

Wall Street Journal: In Ohio, the poll found that GOP Sen. Rob Portman hasn’t been dragged down by the negative tide at the top of the ticket
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The Portman for Senate Campaign also announced its “Moving Ohio Forward” RV Tour, which will make 50 stops across 30 counties and cover over 3,500 miles. The tour will include 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.

Rob will kick-off the RV tour during the campaign’s third Super Saturday day of grassroots action this Saturday, August 13th. During the campaign’s Super Saturday in April, more than 1,000 volunteers helped the campaign contact more than 67,000 voters in a single day. For this week’s Super Saturday, the campaign has a goal of contacting more than 100,000 voters in a single day. Both Rob and Jane will travel the state and visit with interns and volunteers as well as help with grassroots outreach at each of these events:

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*If you plan on attending any of the above Super Saturday events, please RSVP to michawn@robportman.com.

Wednesday, August 10th:

After weeks of losing union endorsements, listening to National Democrats panic about his campaign, and resorting to disproven false attacks, Ted Strickland's desperation reached new levels with his latest decision to go on television. Despite only having $3.7 million cash-on-hand, and originally planning to go on television in September, Ted Strickland decided to spend $1,000,000 on a television ad in hopes it will change the narrative of this race.

Unfortunately for Ted, on the very day he planned to launch his campaign reset, he was confronted with blowback about his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death and criticism of his ad which completely avoids discussing his time as governor despite being a biographical ad. You may click HERE to listen to the audio of Strickland’s remarks. Here is what they had to say:

AP: ...lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman...The ads skirt the Democrat's four years as governor, a target of millions in anti-Strickland ads.

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Hot Air: If Democratic hopes of taking back control of the Senate hinge on Ohio, they’d better start looking for Plan B. Former governor Ted Strickland, the Democratic nominee challenging Rob Portman, demonstrated the political skills Monday that made him a one-termer.

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Cleveland.com: Ted Strickland steps into controversy by cheering the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death

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Washington Examiner: Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, saying it came "at a good time" for union workers since he was unable to cast the deciding vote in a March case that ended up in a 4-4 deadlock.

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Washington Post: Political protip: If you’re about to joke about the death of a Supreme Court justice — don’t

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In other news Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer did a fact check on one of Harry Reid's grossly misleading Senate Majority PAC TV ads saying, "…The real problem with this ad comes with the tagline — “Rob Portman, a job creator everywhere but Ohio.”

Portman has been a staunch supporter of many Ohio businesses, and the assertion that he has created jobs everywhere but his home state is false. In a move hailed by small businesses, for example, Portman this year successfully won passage of a bipartisan bill to streamline the federal permitting process. And while Portman has been a staunch supporter of free trade, he has also worked hard to make sure that once those agreements are in place, other countries comply with international rules aimed at creating a level global playing field…"

You may click HERE to read the fact check in its entirety.


Thursday, August 11th:
While Ted Strickland certainly made news Tuesday, it probably was not what he had in mind for his campaign's reset, which included launching his first television ad a month earlier than planned. Instead, Ted's bad day got worse as he faced even more blowback about his extremely insensitive comments regarding Justice Scalia's death and a new poll showing Rob up 9 points. Here is what they had to say:

Cleveland.com: Rob Portman pulls ahead in Ohio U.S. Senate race poll

Dayton Daily News: Republican Sen. Rob Portman has surged to a nine-point lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland in a poll released today by Quinnipiac University.

Toledo Blade: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has opened a 9-point lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland in a newly released poll, despite headwinds from the top of the ticket that appear to be hampering his Senate Republican colleagues in the other battleground states of Pennsylvania and Florida.


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Business Insider: SEN. HARRY REID: Former governor right to apologize for tasteless remark about Scalia's death, 'that's for damn sure'

Ohio Statehouse News: Strickland in Hot Water for Comments on Death of Supreme Court Justice

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The Week: As American politicians are rapidly proving this week, some jokes are just better left unsaid. That is certainly the case for former Ohio Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland, who joked to AFL-CIO members on Monday that conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death came "at a good time."

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Daily Caller: Dem Senate Candidate Says Praising Scalia’s Death ‘Was An Insensitive Remark’

ABC 6 Columbus: US Senate candidate Ted Strickland is making headlines for the wrong reasons. Strickland was recorded telling an audience Justice Antonin Scalia's death "came at a good time."

In other news Thursday, the Cincinnati Enquirer took the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (ASFME) Super PAC ad currently on air in Ohio to task calling the ad “false” and saying that it “distorts Portman’s record.” You may read the entire fact check by clicking HERE.

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