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A Tale of Two Weeks: Underwater Edition

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had an impressive week. On Monday, the campaign re-released “Shredded” in honor of the 7th anniversary of Ted Strickland’s devastating budget cuts. On Tuesday, the campaign continued to hold Strickland accountable for turning his back on southeast Ohio and for refusing to denounce Hillary Clinton’s anti-coal comments with the release of a new web video. On Thursday, the Portman Campaign announced it surpassed 2.4 million voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs thanks to the help of more than 500 summer interns across Ohio. The campaign also released their much-anticipated web ad on Thursday called “Shameful” detailing Strickland’s awful record of refusing to hold China accountable and exposing Ted and his out-of-state liberal allies’ latest hypocritical claims on trade. Shameful" is further proof Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign and awful record can’t continue to hide behind the millions of dollars from Harry Reid’s Super PAC.

Meanwhile, Ted Strickland's campaign was forced to spend the week doing some damage control after a new poll was released showing Rob with a favorable image, but the former governor is completely underwater with a negative image as more Ohioans view him unfavorably than favorably. Ted Strickland has a Name ID problem: if you know him, you don't like him. 

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, June 20th:
In honor of former Governor Ted Strickland offering his devastating budget exactly seven years ago, the Portman for Senate Campaign re-released “Shredded.” The web ad details Strickland’s harmful budget cuts that wreaked havoc all over Ohio. Despite his campaign rhetoric and never-ending attempts to hide from his record, as governor, Retread Ted wrote, fought for, and signed a budget that forced devastating cuts and left no Ohioan untouched. The Columbus Dispatch said Ted’s budget shredded “the safety net for those most in need” and the Associated Press reported that “hordes of angry activists” protested the proposed cuts at the Statehouse. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Shredded.”

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Tuesday, June 21st:
The Portman for Senate Campaign continued to hold Ted Strickland accountable for turning his back on southeast Ohio. Coinciding with Hillary Clinton’s visit to Columbus Tuesday, the campaign released a new web video calling on Strickland to denounce Clinton’s anti-coal comments. In March, Clinton attacked Ohio’s coal workers saying that, if elected, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” At the time, Rob Portman condemned the remarks and called on Ted Strickland to denounce them. You may click HERE or below to watch the new web video:

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Here is what they had to say:
Cleveland.com: The Portman campaign is welcoming Clinton to Ohio today with a web video asking if Strickland still stands with her.

Politico: Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Ohio, GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign is out with a new web video tying Democratic Ted Strickland to Clinton on coal.

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The Portman Campaign also purchased a Snapchat "geofilter" surrounding Hillary Clinton’s event. The filter reminded users in the vicinity of Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center that when it comes to jobs and the economy, the worst thing to happen to Ohio in the last 100 years was Ted Strickland. When he was Governor, Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs - thousands to other states and other countries - and ranked 48th in job creation.

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 Wednesday, June 22nd:
Despite Harry Reid's Super PAC spending over $3 million on attack ads in June alone against Rob, Quinnipiac University released a poll Wednesday showing Ted Strickland and Rob tied at 42%. Ted Strickland is underwater with a negative image of 38-42 compared to Rob's image of 39% favorable, 25% unfavorable. Since the Q poll first polled this race in April of last year, Ted's image has worsened with each poll. Don’t just take our word for it, here is what they had to say:

Toledo Blade: But Ted Strickland’s under water with those who do have an opinion. More voters view him unfavorably, 42 percent, than favorably, 38 percent.

Washington Free Beacon: Strickland Loses Ground in Ohio Senate Race as Unfavorable Score Ticks Up

Columbus Dispatch: But 42 percent of voters have a negative view of Ted Strickland while 38 percent have a favorable view.

Cleveland.com: Strickland, a Columbus Democrat, received an unfavorable rating from 42 percent of those polled in the new survey, while 38 percent had a favorable opinion of him.

WHIO: Strickland, however, has more people dislike him than like him — 38 percent positive and 42 percent negative.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Voters know Strickland, but they might not like him. About 42 percent had an unfavorable view of the former governor, while 38 percent had a favorable one.

Politico: But Strickland’s negatives are much higher; 42 percent had an unfavorable view of Strickland.

WKRC: Portman gets a favorable job review, and more people dislike Strickland than they like him.

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Thursday, June 23rd:
The campaign surpassed 2.4 million voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs thanks to the help of more than 500 summer interns across Ohio. Here's a look at the Portman HQ in Columbus on Thursday morning:

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The Portman for Senate Campaign also released their much-anticipated web ad called “Shameful” detailing Ted Strickland’s awful record of refusing to hold China accountable and exposing Ted and his out-of-state liberal allies’ latest hypocritical claims on trade. “Shameful" is further proof Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign and awful record can’t continue to hide behind the millions of dollars from Harry Reid’s dark money Super PAC. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Shameful.”

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