COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, the Portman for Senate campaign released a Ukrainian radio ad highlighting Rob's work with the Ukrainian community and his endorsement by the Ukrainian Civic League. The ad is running on targeted shows in Cleveland through Election Day. Today in Cleveland, Rob will receive the Shevchenko Freedom Award from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. The radio ad coincides with local advertising in local Ukrainian newspapers. You may click here to listen to the radio ad. In case you missed it, here is what they had to say:
Columbus Dispatch: The ad tells listeners that Portman is “leading the fight to condemn the Russian-backed separatist attacks,” and tells voters that he “supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Politico: Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign is reaching out to the Ukrainian community with a Ukrainian-language radio ad that says Portman is “leading the fight to condemn the Russian-backed separatist attacks, and he supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Cleveland.com: This week in Senate race outreach: Team Portman is targeting a new radio ad – narrated completely in Ukrainian – at Cleveland’s Ukrainian community.
National Journal: Portman Releases Radio Ad in Ukrainian
You can probably guess the first two languages Sen. Rob Portman used in paid advertising. The third might surprise you.
On Tuesday, Portman added Ukrainian to the usual stable of English and Spanish spots, unveiling a radio ad in the Eastern-European language touting Portman’s pro-Ukraine credentials. The ad targets the significant Ukrainian-American population around Cleveland, offering yet another example of the carefully targeted, hyper-personalized approach that has earned the Portman campaign recognition as one of the best in the country.
“As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Rob Portman is standing up for Ukraine in the United States Senate,” a narrator says.
The Portman campaign is widely credited for the kind of outreach demonstrated in the ad. National Journal previously reported that the campaign has divided the electorate into 22 targeted groups, and monitors progress on each. The campaign has seven official coalition groups targeting African Americans, veterans, women, sportsmen, Hispanics, small business owners, and college students...
Portman’s ad, however, showcases that his work in the Senate should help in distancing himself from Trump in this area. The ad touts an endorsement from the Ukrainian Civic League and says Portman “supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Portman has visited Ukraine two times in as many years, met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk when he visited Washington in 2014, and co-founded the Senate Ukraine Caucus. In August, he hosted a roundtable with Ukrainian and other Eastern-European leaders.
The ad is part of a $15 million reservation announced in May, and coincides with advertising in Ukrainian newspapers in the area.
Translation of the ad:
As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Rob Portman is standing up for Ukraine in the United States Senate.
Portman is leading the fight to condemn the Russian-backed separatist attacks, and he supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.
Rob Portman is endorsed by Ukrainian Civic League.
Please remember to vote for Rob Portman for United States Senate on November 8th.
Rob has a record of standing with the Ukrainian community of Ohio. Rob has held no less than 14 meetings with groups from the Ukrainian/Eastern European community in just the last three years, and Rob has developed these relationships through a lot of hard work and engagement that dates back to 2010.
For example, Portman has been a leader in the congressional effort to increase military assistance to Ukraine to ensure it can defend its sovereign borders against escalating Russian aggression. He has twice visited Ukraine in the past two years, and met with President Poroshenko and other senior Ukrainian officials to discuss the ongoing political, economic, and military developments. Portman is co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, whose goal is to strengthen the political, military, economic and cultural relationship between the United States and Ukraine.