MANCHESTER — Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican considered among possible 2016 presidential hopefuls, said the GOP is positioned to win majority control of the Senate this fall with a message of restoring the country’s economic promise.
Republicans need to pick up six seats to win majority control of the U.S. Senate, and Portman’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday included support for a friend and former colleague, Senate Republican hopeful Scott Brown.
The mid-term elections hinge on the economy and a “deficit in leadership,” Portman said in an interview.
He promoted “Jobs for America,” a pro-growth plan that proposes reforming the tax code to help middle class Americans and to make the country more competitive globally. Part of that plan is support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which he said would be one of the bills sent to President Obama within the first 100 days, should the GOP capture Senate majority control.
“We have not taken the regulatory yoke off of businesses,” Portman said.
Lowering business and individual tax rates is a key part of the “Jobs for America” plan. It would also serve as an incentive for major U.S. companies to grow and stay in America, he said. He was referring to the news of Burger King moving to Canada to lower its corporate taxes.
The federal government should not punish a company for so-called “inversion,” but should fix the tax code instead, Portman said.
“I’m feeling so strongly that we’re letting down the country,” he said.
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