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Rob Portman disputes Eric Holder ‘animus’

By KENDALL BREITMAN | 7/14/14

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is firing back Monday at Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that opposition to President Barack Obama is about policy, not about race...

“...I don’t think that blaming the opposition to President Obama which, by the way is at record highs according to polling data, blaming that on some sort of racial animus, I don’t think it helps us,” Portman said. “I don’t think it takes us in the right direction in terms of making progress on dealing with this eternal issue we’ve got in America, which is to make sure that we are doing everything we possibly can do to fight racism. I don’t think it’s a constructive statement.”

On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that aired Sunday, Holder spoke about racism in politics, saying “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me and directed at the president...”

...Portman said that, instead, the opposition should be attributed to the “disappointment” that voters feel towards the president’s policies. The senator cited weak economic recovery, higher health care costs and the partisan divide of the country as examples of the administration’s disappointments...

Read the full article on Politico online, here: www.politico.com/story/2014/07/obama-race-eric-holder-rob-portman-108871.html#ixzz37YogQRTd

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