COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, Rob wrapped up a successful week two of his "Countdown to Victory" RV tour making stops in Columbus, Dayton, Terrace Park, Lebanon, Bellefontaine, Mansfield, Akron, Brecksville, Beachwood, Cleveland, Parma, Richfield, Cincinnati, Lima, West Chester, and Oxford. The stops included meetings with members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who have endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who - just like 22 out of 24 newspapers - agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland's Ohio. In total, Rob's “Countdown to Victory” RV Tour will make 80 stops across 35 counties and cover over 4,000 miles.
Meanwhile, Ted Strickland made his way to East Ohio and was not met with much fanfare. The Wheeling Intelligencer said, "From the governor’s office, Strickland moved on to the Center for American Progress, where he headed the left-leaning group’s Action Fund. There, he promoted more harsh new federal rules against coal mines and affordable electricity. Incredibly, he had the nerve to show his face in East Ohio this week."
Here is a review of week two of Rob's "Countdown to Victory" RV Tour:
Monday, October 31st:
Rob, Jane, and Ohio native and legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara stopped by the campaign's Columbus and Dayton field offices to meet with and thank Portman for Senate interns and volunteers with a week until Election Day. Be sure to click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of their day.
Here is what they had to say:
WDTN: Legendary golfer and Ohio native Jack Nicklaus campaigned for Republican Senator Rob Portman
WSYX: Senator Portman and Nicklaus are on a "Countdown to Victory" RV tour
WRGT: Nicklaus was by Portman's side today at the Dayton field office
In September, Jack Nicklaus endorsed Rob saying, "Today I'm concerned about our country and our state, that's why I am supporting my friend Rob Portman for U.S. Senate. Rob is the real deal, he's making a difference in standing up for American manufacturing, and he's fighting to strengthen our military to keep us safe. Rob Portman is Ohio's champion." In addition to the endorsement, the Portman for Senate Campaign released a TV ad featuring Nicklaus. The ad, "Ohio's Champion," was the first time Nicklaus has appeared in a political ad. You may click HERE to watch "Ohio's Champion."
Following the Dayton field office visit, Rob made his way to Terrace Park and was joined by WTOL's Jerry Anderson. Rob and Jerry discussed the Portman for Senate unprecedented grassroots campaign, which has contacted more than 5.3 million Ohio voters since May of last year. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the interview was the army of interns and volunteers who were hard at work calling voters - the Terrace Park office alone has made more than 1.2 million targeted voter contacts. Be sure to click HERE or on the video below to watch Rob's interview with Jerry.
Here are some great photos of day 10 of the "Countdown to Victory" RV Tour:
Tuesday, November 1st:
Rob continued on his "Countdown to Victory" RV tour visiting with his Hispanic Leadership Council, which he launched in June. Chaired by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz of Cincinnati with co-chairs Juan Jose Perez of Columbus, Donna Alvarado of Granville, Bernie Moreno of Cleveland and Grace Ramos of Beavercreek, the group has helped advise Rob on issues impacting the Hispanic community and helped spread the word about Rob’s efforts to create jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans. You may Click here to hear more from Anthony Muñoz. Here is a group shot of Tuesday's meeting:
Rob made his way to Logan County for the Logan County Fall Dinner to speak with supporters. No doubt, the energy and excitement behind Rob's campaign can be felt all across Ohio.
Wednesday, November 2nd:
Rob continued his travels around Ohio making a stop in Akron for a meeting with Teamsters Retirees. As a reminder, the Teamsters endorsed Rob in July after supporting Strickland in his previous races. Recently, the Portman for Senate Campaign released a TV ad highlighting Rob's endorsement. The Washington Times reported on Rob's meeting with the Teamsters saying that Portman has turned the "Ohio Senate race into rout with union support." Be sure to check out these intro paragraphs of the story:
Al Fillingim, a retired Teamsters truck driver, says he plans to cast his vote in next week’s election for Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and says other members of the local union are poised to do the same.
From the outside looking in, Mr. Fillingim’s decision to split the ticket seems odd given Democrats’ strong historical ties to labor unions. But the way Mr. Fillingim and others who attended a retirees’ meeting here Wednesday see it, Mr. Portman and Mrs. Clinton are the best choices available to them in their respective races.
Here is a picture of Rob speaking with the Teamsters Retirees:
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso joined Rob on the campaign trail stopping by the Portman for Senate campaign's Brecksville office to meet with and thank interns and volunteers with less than a week until Election Day. Be sure to watch this recap video of their stop and scroll below for some pictures:
Thursday, November 3rd:
Senator Barrasso joined Rob again making stops in Cleveland for a healthcare roundtable, in Parma for a roundtable with Ukrainian and Eastern European Leaders, and in Richfield to meet with workers at an IUOE Local 18 training facility. As a reminder, the IUOE Local 18 - representing over 15,000 workers across Ohio - endorsed Rob in August after endorsing Strickland for governor in 2006. Be sure to check out these great pictures from day 13 of Rob's tour.
Friday, November 4th:
In Cincinnati, Rob held a roundtable with members of the campaign's African American Leadership Council.
Last summer, the Portman for Senate campaign launched it's African American Leadership Council, a group that has been advising Rob on issues impacting the urban community and helping to spread the word on Rob's policy initiatives to grow jobs and expand opportunities for all Ohioans. You may click HERE to watch Rev. Damon Lynch discuss his support of Rob.
Following the roundtable, Rob hit the road, stopping in Lima to speak at the Allen County GOP First Friday Luncheon.
Here is what they had to say about Rob's visit:
Lima Your News Now: Days before the November election a long time US senator came to Lima to talk to supporters about the election and beyond. Senator Rob Portman talked to the party about Allen County and how the county has helped his campaign through volunteers and active voters. He also discussed the policies that would be put into place and actions that would be taken if he won the election, like cutting taxes and government regulations. The senator addressed why his track record made him the best candidate for the senate.
Lima News: As this year’s campaign enters its final weekend, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, touted his record in the Senate during a speech Friday at the Allen County Republican Party monthly lunch at the Lima Eagles... Portman also pointed back to his record in the Senate, highlighting legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which aims to combat rampant opioid addiction... Portman also criticized Strickland’s record, both as governor and in Congress, pointing to what he saw as a lack of results in those positions.
The RV headed to Butler County where Rob met with some of his army of interns and volunteers to get them energized and excited for the final days of the campaign. These students and volunteers have powered our grassroots effort which recently surpassed 5.3 million voter contacts. Here are some pictures from Rob's visit:
Finally, Rob and Jane made their way to Miami University where they joined dozens of College Republicans for a tailgate before the RedHawks took on Central Michigan: