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New Ad Uncovers Strickland’s Awful Record on Higher Education

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As thousands of students across Ohio graduate from college this month, the Portman for Senate Campaign released “Higher Education,” a new web ad reminding students which candidate has their backs. The ad compares former Governor Ted Strickland’s harmful cuts to colleges and universities and Rob Portman’s bipartisan record of standing up for Ohio students and fighting to make college accessible and affordable. “Higher Education” is expected to reach two million Ohioans over the next three weeks and begins running online across Ohio today. The ad is part of the Portman for Senate Campaign’s ongoing six-figure online ad buy and is further proof Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign can’t hide from his awful record.

“Ohio families and students have no greater enemy than former Governor Ted Strickland when it comes to making college affordable or providing a better future for the next generation. When Strickland was governor, not only did Ohio lose more than 350,000 jobs and rank 48th in job creation, but Strickland also cut funding for colleges and universities by $170 million, reversed his promise to freeze tuition, and drove up costs for students and parents,” said Portman campaign spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “Unlike Ted Strickland, Rob Portman has offered solutions to keep college affordable by increasing access to college credits for high school students, strengthening college savings accounts, lowering student loan rates, and helping low-income students get a college degree.”

You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Higher Education.”


In September, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched its Students for Portman coalition with campus coordinators on nearly 30 college and university campuses across Ohio. This group helps the Portman campaign organize and mobilize students on campus and communicate Rob Portman’s record to ensure that every student who wants a good job after graduation can find one. Click HERE or on the video below to watch the “Students for Portman” video.

 

Rob Portman’s Bipartisan Record of Standing up for Ohio Students and Making College Accessible and Affordable:

Rob supported a bipartisan student loan deal that was signed into law to stop student loan interest rates from skyrocketing.

Rob is fighting for the Repay Act, legislation that helps college graduates with student loan consolidation and practical repayment options.

“U.S. Senator Rob Portman is supporting an effort to expand access to college and make it more affordable for students, parents, and families struggling to make ends meet with a series of initiatives, including Flexible Repayment Options for Graduates. Portman is a cosponsor of the Repay Act, which consolidates student loan repayment programs and gives borrowers a choice of either a 10-year fixed repayment or an income-driven repayment plan – making the system work for them.” (Portman calls for lower tuition costs, Portsmouth Daily Times, April 20, 2016)

“U.S. Senator Rob Portman is supporting an effort to expand access to college and make it more affordable for students, parents, and families struggling to make ends meet with a series of initiatives, including Flexible Repayment Options for Graduates. Portman is a cosponsor of the Repay Act, which consolidates student loan repayment programs and gives borrowers a choice of either a 10-year fixed repayment or an income-driven repayment plan – making the system work for them.” (Portman calls for lower tuition costs, Portsmouth Daily Times, April 20, 2016)

Rob supports the Perkins Loan Program and successfully fought for its extension, which helped secure financial aid for nearly 25,000 Ohio students. (Sen. Rob Portman addresses college debt in Ohio, WKBN, December 12, 2015)

Rob cosponsored legislation to expand 529 college savings plans for parents saving money for their children’s tuition and college expenses.

Rob introduced the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act alongside Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Angus King (I-ME), which expands student loan forgiveness.

Rob introduced the Making the Education of Nursing Dependable (MEND) for Schools Act alongside Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), which ensures nursing education programs don’t lose needed Medicare payments.

Rob introduced the Go to High School, Go to College Act alongside Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11)which makes college more affordable by allowing high school students to use Pell grants prior to officially entering college.

Rob introduced the Career and Technical Education Excellence and Equity Act alongside Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), which helps tailor high school education to students’ future careers through increased workplace skills training and access to early college credits.

Rob co-founded alongside Senator Tim Kaine (I-ME), the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus.

Rob authored the CAREER Act alongside Michael Bennet (D-CO), which improves worker-retraining programs. President Obama signed portions of this legislation into law in July 2014.

Rob authored the Career Ready Act alongside Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Baldwin (D- WI), which improves school counseling programs to help better connect job seekers with employers. President Obama signed this legislation into law in December 2015.

Strickland cut funding for Ohio’s colleges and universities:
“The budget agreement also cuts by $170 million over two years the primary source of state funding to higher education. So instead of the tuition freeze in 2010 as Strickland proposed, state universities and colleges will be able to raise tuition by 3.5% over each of the next two years.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

“Instead of freezing tuition for higher education for a third straight year, Ohio public colleges and universities will now be able to raise tuition by 3.5 percent under the new state budget deal. For students at Ohio State University in Columbus, this could mean an extra $300 a year in tuition.” (Tuition freeze casualty of Ohio budget cuts, Associated Press, July 8, 2009)

The Portman for Senate campaign is running an aggressive, 21st Century tech-savvy campaign, which includes these highlights:

Since the Primary, the Portman campaign has purchased numerous Snapchat "geofilters." The filters showed support for Rob Portman, and reminded users of Ted Strickland’s awful record as Governor when the state of Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs, support for the Obama-Biden failed foreign policy agenda, and awful record on China.

The Portman for Senate campaign was the first Senate campaign in the country to sponsor an ad on Instagram. The ad microtargeted students at The Ohio State University during OSU's first home football game. Other Instagram ads were targeted to different Ohio universities.

The Portman for Senate campaign web videos, Bad Judgment and Dangerous received over one million views.

The Portman for Senate campaign is also using locally targeted online banner ads highlighting Ted Strickland’s failed record. You can click below for examples of each:

  • Collection one of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Collection two of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Collection three of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Banner ad highlighting former governor Ted Strickland’s awful record on standing up to China.