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Elyria Chronicle-Telegram Endorses Rob Portman

Newspaper Endorsement Count = Portman 16, Strickland 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown recently and from Lima, Wheeling, Tiffin, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, and Parkersburg in the past four days, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. The editorial highlighted Rob's work to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, problems with lead in drinking water, and his work standing up to China for their unfair and illegal trade practices. The editorial said that Rob is "part of an increasingly rare breed in Washington, legislators who find common ground with members of the other party." Of Ted Strickland the Chronicle Telegram said, "As a legislator, though, Strickland, who served six terms in the U.S. House, had a limited record of achievement."

The latest endorsement comes after the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest web ad, "Newspapers Agree," highlighting this month's endorsements of Rob by (in chronological order) the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, and Columbus papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor and some endorsed Rob's Democratic opponent in 2010. The newspapers highlighted Rob as a "superior candidate," pointing to his record of results for Ohio, including his work to combat both the heroin epidemic and human trafficking, as well as Strickland's failure to "offer his own clear road maps," saying "it's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate."

You may click HERE or below to watch "Newspapers Agree" and scroll down to read the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram endorsement.

Newspapers Agree

Background:
So far, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Courier, the  Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, the Highland County Press, the Lima News, the Wheeling Intelligencer, the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, the Chillicothe Gazette, the Times Gazette, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by 16 newspapers while Strickland has only been endorsed by one.


Portman’s record has earned him a second term
Editorial
Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
October 7, 2016
       
...Portman, a Republican from Cincinnati who is seeking a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate, is part of an increasingly rare breed in Washington, legislators who find common ground with members of the other party.       

He has worked with U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse,  D-Rhode Island, to pass legislation aimed at the heroin epidemic. He has worked with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, Democrats from Michigan, to address problems with lead in drinking water. He has worked with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, to try to get China sanctioned for dumping cut-priced steel into the market.       

Granted, none of those issues was remotely controversial.       

Still, Portman was right when he told us Tuesday in asking for our endorsement, "I've worked across the aisle to get things done." He also took a courageous stand, for a Republican, when he backed gay marriage in 2013.       

He is the best candidate of the six in the race, who include three independents, one of them a write-in, and the Green Party's Joseph DeMare.       

We interviewed only Portman and former Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democratic candidate, who is Portman's chief competitor, although even he is far behind in the polls.               

...As a legislator, though, Strickland, who served six terms in the U.S. House, had a limited record of achievement.       

Whether Democrats take control of the Senate or not, Portman can play an important role in forging compromises necessary to move the country forward on issues such as trade, immigration and climate change.       

...In our view Portman deserves re-election based on his legislative record...

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