Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown Newspapers Endorse Portman for Re-election
Akron Beacon Journal and Youngstown Vindicator Previously Endorsed Strickland for Governor and Portman's Democratic Opponent in 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, three newspapers in Northeast Ohio threw their support behind Rob Portman, two of them having previously endorsed Ted Strickland for governor.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed Rob pointing to his bipartisan work to protect Lake Erie, his effort to pass a comprehensive heroin recovery bill, and his ability to reach across the aisle on job creation and retention efforts. The Plain Dealer said Rob has the "proven ability, understanding and energy to help Ohio citizens and businesses prosper" and that "on every level, Portman is by far the superior candidate in this race -- smart and engaged on the issues that matter to Ohioans, including working people." Of Strickland the editorial board said, "it's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate."
The Akron Beacon Journal was the first to break from Strickland this weekend - having endorsed both Strickland and Rob's Democratic opponent in 2010 - in announcing its endorsement of Rob pointing to his ability to work across the aisle to get things done, his work to find solutions to the heroin and prescription drug epidemic as well as energy efficiency among other issues. The Akron Beacon Journal said Portman stands out as "prepared, diligent, and thoughtful" and that "he has taken the lead in the congressional response to the heroin epidemic, a stance that appeals across party lines." In contrast, The Akron Beacon Journal said Strickland seems "disengaged and stale."
Finally, The Youngstown Vindicator - having endorsed Rob's Democratic opponent in 2010 and Strickland in previous races - also announced its endorsement of Rob highlighting his bipartisan work to protect the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township, General Motors’ assembly plant in Lordstown, and specialty steel mills throughout the area. Of Rob the Youngstown Vindicator said that he has "shown a willingness to protect the Mahoning Valley."
So far, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Columbus Dispatch, The Courier, The Akron Beacon Journal, and the The Youngstown Vindicator have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate.
Rob Portman for U.S. Senate: endorsement editorial
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 16, 2016
Republican Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio's junior senator, has done a lot of heavy lifting in his first term in office. Portman, from the Cincinnati area, worked hard to protect Lake Erie, reached across the aisle to pass a comprehensive heroin recovery bill, teamed up with fellow Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, on job creation and retention efforts and has been vigilant about the interests of Northeast Ohio employers.
Despite significant anti-trade rhetoric during the 2016 campaign – some of which Portman himself has promoted – he spoke authoritatively in the endorsement interview with our editorial board about the immense benefits to Ohio in jobs and revenue from continuing to pry open overseas markets for U.S. and Ohio goods.
Portman, 60, is both thoughtful and extraordinarily effective – preparing intensively, and arguing persuasively for the issues he tackles.
He's also worked hard to earn the trust and approval of voters throughout the state.
By Portman's own reckoning, for instance, he's visited Cuyahoga County 290 times in his five years in the Senate.
No rigid captive of ideology, he laudably changed his longstanding opposition to gay marriage after one of his sons revealed he was gay...
On every level, Portman is by far the superior candidate in this race -- smart and engaged on the issues that matter to Ohioans, including working people.
This is why Portman remains leagues ahead in the polls of his Democratic challenger Ted Strickland, the former governor of Ohio.
Strickland, 75, repeatedly challenged Portman's positions during the endorsement interview but failed to offer his own clear road maps for how he planned to help college students with student loan debt, for instance, or improve flaws in Obamacare, which Portman wants to repeal. It's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate...
Portman has the proven ability, understanding and energy to help Ohio citizens and businesses prosper and to do his part to make the U.S. Senate a place where competence, not churlish partisanship, matters most. He deserves a second term. Early voting for the Nov. 8 election has begun.
For the U.S. Senate: Rob Portman
October 15, 2016
The Akron Beacon Journal
During the primary season, this editorial page recommended that Democratic voters choose P.G. Sittenfeld as the party nominee for the U.S. Senate. At age 31, the Cincinnati city council member barely qualified to run, yet he brought an informed and energetic voice to the race. His engagement proved a sharp contrast with Ted Strickland, the former governor seeming disengaged and stale.
Unfortunately, that impression has persisted in this general election campaign. We say this reluctantly...
We share many views with Strickland. Yet this election involves more than selecting someone to cast votes. It goes to the quality of the legislator and the broader contribution he will make. On those counts, we recommend the re-election of Rob Portman on Nov. 8.
In seeking a second term, Portman has run a smart tactical race. He has taken the lead in the congressional response to the heroin epidemic, a stance that appeals across party lines. He has highlighted the enforcement of trade agreements and won surprising union support, driven, in part, by his work to protect pensions.
All of this, and his working across the aisle on such things as energy efficiency, point to the potential of the prepared, diligent and thoughtful Portman to play an expanded leadership role in the Senate. Come next year, the debate over the future of the Republican Party will move into a new and no less intense chapter. The party and the country would be well served if Portman is there pressing the case for a party more interested in actual governing.
...Ohioans can count on the senator to know the issues and the arguments, to tap his experience in Washington, including as budget director and trade representative. He understands how Washington works, a trait too little displayed by Republicans.
The senator has risen to the occasion in the past. He embraced gay marriage when his son shared that he is gay. Again, at some point, Republicans must defined what kind of party they are. Better to have Rob Portman on the scene, firmly in the conservative camp yet aware of how to move the country forward, through the required give and take and eventual compromise, both sides even having to swallow hard.
Incumbent Portman has edge in US Senate race
October 16, 2016
...Portman, who is seeking a second six-year term, is being challenged by Democrat Ted Strickland, who served as governor of Ohio from 2007 to 2010. We supported Strickland in both his gubernatorial races. He lost his re-election bid in 2010 to Republican John Kasich. We also backed Strickland in this year’s Democratic primary.
In the end, however, we find ourselves supporting Portman’s re-election bid. Why?
For the simple reason that he has shown a willingness to protect the Mahoning Valley’s self-interest. There are three issues of paramount importance to this region’s economic well-being: The future of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township, the future of General Motors’ assembly plant in Lordstown and the future of the specialty steel mills, led by the $1.5 billion Vallourec Star pipe-making facility in Youngstown-Girard.
Portman, as a member of the majority in the Senate, has proved to be an important ally in Washington for the Valley. He has worked closely with U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, and also with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to ensure the Lordstown assembly plant’s viability and assist area steel mills in their battles against dumping of products by foreign manufacturers.
But it is Portman’s commitment to the continued stability and growth of the Air Force Reserve Station that leads us to the conclusion that a second term is warranted.
The importance of the military installation to this region has been laid out in great detail in this space many times over. However, we are concerned that with the cuts in defense spending, the Pentagon is being forced to reassess its operations, including the reserve missions.
Although the Youngstown Air Reserve Station is home to the only fixed-wing aerial spray unit in the country, the fleet of transport airplanes could easily be reassigned to other bases.
Indeed, the number of C-130H aircraft has been reduced from 12 to eight. Four were sent to other facilities.
In addition, the planes need to be replaced by the newer C-130J models, which are being built. However, the Pentagon says Congress must provide more funding if they are to be assigned to the Youngstown base.
That’s where Portman, as a member of the majority in the Senate, can play an important role. Even if Democrats take control next year, the senator, along with Brown, would be in a position to persuade his Republican colleagues to vote in favor of providing more funding for the base.
With so much hanging in the balance in the Mahoning Valley, The Vindicator endorses Portman for another term.