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Portman Endorsed by Three More Ohio Newspapers

Lima News, Wheeling Intelligencer, and the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune Throw Their Support Behind Rob Portman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown last weekend, Rob was endorsed by the Lima News, the Wheeling Intelligencer, and the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune.

The Lima News highlighted Rob's work to combat the heroin epidemic, create more Ohio jobs, improve the water quality of Lake Erie, and keep the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima open. The Lima News said that "Portman is smart and engaged on the issues that matter to Ohioans" and that Strickland "has no clear vision" for the future.

Both the Wheeling Intelligencer and the Advertiser Tribune said that Rob 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, often as a result of government action or lack of it." The papers criticized Strickland for supporting the war on coal, and his time as governor saying that he "wrecked the state budget, leaving his successor to close an $8 billion gap in it."

The new endorsements come the same week as the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest web ad, "Newspapers Agree," highlighting this month's endorsements of Rob by (in chronological order) the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, and Columbus papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor and some endorsed Rob's Democratic opponent in 2010. The newspapers highlighted Rob as a "superior candidate," pointing to his record of results for Ohio, including his work to combat both the heroin epidemic and human trafficking, as well as Strickland's failure to "offer his own clear road maps," saying "it's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate."

You may click HERE or below to watch "Newspapers Agree" and scroll down to read the Lima News, the Wheeling Intelligencer, and the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune endorsements.

Newspapers Agree

Background:
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, and the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by twelve newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one.


Portman’s smart, engaged in issues that matter to Ohio
Editorial
Lima News
October 22, 2016

At one time U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was on the Democrats’ target list. They thought the Ohio Republican was vulnerable and were going to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into Ted Strickland’s war chest to help him defeat Portman.

It didn’t take long for the national Democratic Party to change its mind, pulling its dollars out of Ohio and using the money elsewhere. They realized what we all know: Rob Portman is a solid U.S. senator deserving of our votes on Nov. 8.

Portman has been endorsed by all the key Republican groups as well as some traditional Democrat backers, including the Teamsters and Black Lives Matter.

That’s not by accident.

Portman is smart and engaged on the issues that matter to Ohioans: jobs growth; improving the water quality of Lake Erie and inland lakes; cleaning up dilapidated neighborhoods; and his pet project – helping parents and the state cope and fight a tremendous heroin problem.

Portman also has been no stranger to the four corners of Ohio. He’s made it a point to see firsthand the issues communities are wrestling with. In the Lima region, he recognized early the importance of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, and has fought to keep it open.

Strickland, 75, portrays himself as the champion of the middle class, and he’s sincere in wanting to make sure the average Ohioan is able to walk through the door of opportunity. However, he has no clear vision for making that happen. It’s what dogged him during the four years he served as Ohio’s governor, and is the reason he is trailing Portman in the polls by as much as 20 percent today...

Strickland opposed abortion when he first sought a congressional seat in 1980. He lost that race. Between that time and when he won his first seat in Congress in 2012, he changed to the pro-choice position he holds today, saying the decision occurred after getting married. In the House, he did vote for the partial-birth abortion ban.

Strickland’s position on gun issues also has changed. He once received an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association, but has since fallen in disfavor of the NRA after saying he would get behind an assault-weapons ban if he believed it was enforceable.

Giving Rob Portman a second term as senator is an easy vote, especially during a time when Democrats have a good chance of winning the White House. Such a victory could give Hillary Clinton the possibility to nominate as many as four U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Republicans will need strong representation in the Senate and House to ensure non-partisan judges are selected.

LINK: http://limaohio.com/opinion/209887/portmans-smartengaged-in-issuesthat-matter-to-ohio


Ohioans Need Portman in Senate
Editorial
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune/Wheeling Intelligencer
October 22, 2016

Since 2010, when Ohioans by an overwhelming margin elected him to the U.S. Senate, Rob Portman has given them every reason to pat themselves on the back for making a wise choice. He has represented Buckeye State residents extremely well, making them his top priority in Washington.

Not all members of Congress do that.

On Nov. 8, voters should keep Portman in the Senate because they need both an advocate and a defender in Washington. They 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 East 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.

This newspaper endorses Portman and urges our fellow Ohioans to re-elect him because he can be relied upon to continue waging that battle.

Tiffin Advertiser Tribune: http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/opinions/editorials/2016/10/return-portman-to-senate/

Wheeling Intelligencer: http://www.theintelligencer.net/opinion/editorials/2016/10/ohioans-need-portman-in-senate/

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