Newspaper Endorsement Count = Portman 21, Strickland 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Recently, the Marietta Times and Steubenville's Herald-Star endorsed Rob Portman for U.S. Senate. The Marietta Times editorial, Portman’s fight against drugs must continue, highlighted Rob's work to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic saying, "We need a senator who has made fighting this epidemic a priority and is committed to seeing this through. Return Portman to office so he can do just that." Meanwhile the Herald-Star said that Rob is a "staunch champion of working men and women" and that "he has represented Buckeye State residents extremely well, making us his top priority in Washington." Of Rob's opponent the Herald-Star said that Strickland "wrecked the state budget, leaving his successor to close an $8 billion gap in it."
Today, the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest TV ads, "Endorsed," highlighting Rob's endorsements from all major newspapers in Ohio that have endorsed in this race, including several that previously endorsed Ted Strickland. Separate ads are airing in the Columbus and Cleveland markets highlighting the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch endorsements. You may view the Columbus ad by clicking HERE and the Cleveland ad by clicking HERE.
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, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Call & Post, the Minority Communicator Newspaper, the Canton Repository , the Marietta Times, and the Herald-Star have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by 21 newspapers while Strickland has only been endorsed by two - including one student newspaper.
Portman’s fight against drugs must continue
As the drug epidemic gripping Ohio continues, voters should consider Sen. Rob Portman’s work to battle illegal drugs in Ohio and his efforts to establish a foundation to improve treatment for those addicted to drugs as well.
Marietta and Washington County certainly are not immune. We have seen the number of overdoses – and deaths due to overdoses – grow steadily while local resources to treat addictions have failed to keep pace. But Portman has taken steps to address that disparity.
Since his election in 2010, Portman has reportedly been involved in many anti-drug efforts, such as the Drug Free Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. But it is his work most recently on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that is most noteworthy, and one reason we think voters should return Portman to office to continue this fight.
This bi-partisan bill in part awards grants to fight opioid and heroin use, including but not limited to, prevention and treatment. Known as CARA, the bill provides grants and improves access to opioid overdose reversal medication and helps to expand medication assisted treatment for addiction recovery...
Drug addiction is everywhere in Ohio and there is likely no other public health concern that affects so many people regardless of race or economic status. We need a senator who has made fighting this epidemic a priority and is committed to seeing this through. Return Portman to office so he can do just that.
Portman earns another term
Since 2010, when Ohioans by an overwhelming margin elected him to the U.S. Senate, Rob Portman has given us every reason to pat ourselves on the back for making a wise choice. He has represented Buckeye State residents extremely well, making us his top priority in Washington.
Not all members of Congress do that.
On Nov. 8, voters should keep Portman in the Senate because we need both an advocate and a defender in Washington.
We will need that more than ever if Hillary Clinton is elected president, as seems possible.
Portman has been a staunch champion of working men and women. He has fought against trade deals that sell out Ohio workers. He has done all in his power to enact federal programs to help those who have lost their jobs already, often as a result of government action or lack of it.
He has battled President Barack Obama’s war against coal and affordable electricity. Portman wants to safeguard the thousands of Ohioans whose jobs depend directly or indirectly on mining. But he also realizes that if more coal-fired power plants are idled, millions of Ohioans could be forced to pay higher electric bills.
Clinton has precisely that in mind.
She also favors limits on hydraulic fracturing of gas and oil wells. That is the very practice that brought the drilling boom to Eastern Ohio, benefiting tens of thousands of people.
Portman’s opponent in the Nov. 8 election is former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who was refused a second term after he wrecked the state budget, leaving his successor to close an $8 billion gap in it.
And Strickland, though claiming to be a friend to “the little guy,” supports Clinton wholeheartedly. His reaction to the war on coal was to sign on with a liberal group that backs Obama.
On many fronts, ranging from gun control to taxes, foreign policy to honesty in government, Americans will need defenders in the Senate if Clinton is elected president.
We endorse Portman and urge our fellow Ohioans to re-elect him because he can be relied upon to continue waging that battle.