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Cincinnati Enquirer: "Senator Portman has earned 6 more years"

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, The Cincinnati Enquirer announced its endorsement of Rob Portman for the U.S. Senate, pointing to his work on finding solutions to the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, combating human trafficking, fighting against unfair trade, and his leadership advocating for Hamilton County that includes fighting for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge among other issues. The Enquirer said, "In his first term as senator, Portman has been a hard-working public servant, often reaching across the aisle for the good of his Greater Cincinnati constituents and the country as a whole," that "Strickland's grasp of the issues isn't as detailed as Portman's, nor are his proposed solutions," and finally that "just one candidate in this Senate race has the energy and ideas necessary to represent Ohio's interests and move our country forward." You may click HERE or scroll down to read the endorsement.

Senator Portman has earned 6 more years
Editorial
October 7, 2016
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The majority of Americans are frustrated with Congress not because of what lawmakers are doing, but because of what they are not doing. People want the gridlock and partisan bickering to end. They want the representatives they elect to Washington, D.C., to get things done.The Enquirer editorial board believes Rob Portman has shown the ability to meet those expectations, and we endorse him for a second U.S. Senate term.

Portman, the Republican incumbent from Terrace Park, has a high-profile Democratic opponent in former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. However, in his first term as senator, Portman has been a hard-working public servant, often reaching across the aisle for the good of his Greater Cincinnati constituents and the country as a whole. He was the chief author of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – a bill that received bipartisan support and authorizes $181 million in new federal money to address opioid and heroin abuse. He also has taken on the issue of human trafficking, fought for a level playing field for local steel companies on trade and advocated for federal support of The Banks and Smale Riverfront Park.

Portman helped get more than $50 million in federal funding for engineering and environmental impact studies for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge and authored an amendment to the transportation appropriations bill that ensures functionally obsolete bridges such as it will get priority consideration for federal money...

Still, Portman has on occasion put his beliefs before his base. For instance, his conversion to supporting gay marriage after his son came out has cost him the support of many social conservatives. He also has a strong resume that includes stints in the House and as President George W. Bush's U.S. trade representative and Office of Management and Budget director. He knows his way around Washington and around the issues.

On the other side of the ballot, the editorial board is disappointed with Strickland, whom we endorsed in March as the best of the Democratic primary field. Since then, the former governor and congressman has failed to deliver a convincing vision for how he would make Washington work better. Strickland blames a $50 million outside ad blitz for his struggling poll numbers, but he has done little to help himself. His campaign seems to be chiefly based on criticizing Portman and the Republican presidential candidate. Strickland's grasp of the issues isn't as detailed as Portman's, nor are his proposed solutions.

Just one candidate in this Senate race has the energy and ideas necessary to represent Ohio's interests and move our country forward.

Rob Portman has earned your vote and a return trip to the Capitol.

LINK: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/10/07/senator-portman-has-earned-6-more-years/91333096/


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