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Politico: Open Mike: Portman on Cleveland

By Mike Allen | July 11, 2014

“Open Mike” this week features Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is playing a key role in the 2014 Republican drive to take control of the Senate with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Portman sits down with Mike Allen to talk about that, plus the fallout from his split with the majority of his party on gay marriage, a look ahead to Cleveland, the site of the RNC Convention in 2016, and his upcoming 100-mile bike ride across Ohio.

PORTMAN: First of all, we're really pumped up about this. This is going to be great for Cleveland. In the Heartland, in Ohio, which is the swingiest of swing states. Cleveland is doing a lot right now. They have probably invested five or six billion dollars ... on neighborhoods, on facilities, on new hotels, on great venues for the convention.

ALLEN: What are the chances at this point that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will become Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell?

PORTMAN: I think it's pretty good. I don't like to over-promise because I think the Republican Party did that the last two cycles. But look, I think the math, meaning that there are more Democrats up for reelection than Republicans; the map, meaning that there's only one Republican up in a blue state, and that's Susan Collins who is doing great; and finally the mood of the country. You know, people are discouraged. We as Republicans are going to have our hands full should we get the majority. And we're going to have to work very hard to come up with sensible, sound policy proposals that affect people, their future, their families, their ability to get a job and have good pay. And if we do that, I think we will be fine as a party in 2016.

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Read the full transcript on Politico online, here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/open-mike-rob-portman-108794.html#ixzz37B4zl6SV

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