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The Columbus Dispatch: Rob Portman won’t seek presidency in 2016

Jessica Wehrman & Jack Torry | December 2, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman, who has decided not to run for president in 2016, said he was not particularly worried that his support of gay marriage — which has sparked the ire of some conservatives — could cost him in the GOP primaries.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman will not run for president in 2016, saying that he will seek another term as a U.S. senator from Ohio instead.

Announcing his decision to a small group of Ohio reporters in his Capitol Hill office yesterday, Portman said he decided to remain in the Senate because he feels energized by the new GOP Senate majority, saying, “There is a good chance for us to do something” on a broad array of issues, such as overhauling the tax code and expanding international trade.

Portman, who had been lauded as a credible candidate by a wide variety of media outlets, including The Washington Post and ABC News, said he made his decision during the past few days after talking to his family during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“If you run for president, it’s just not practical to be involved in policy issues here,” he said. “You can’t do both. At least for me, I couldn’t do both.”

Although Portman said he is not interested in being a vice presidential candidate for the eventual Republican nominee, he did not flatly rule out being on the ticket in 2016.

With the Republicans holding their 2016 convention in Cleveland, Portman would be regarded as a potential running mate for the Republican nominee. No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio.

Read the full article here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/12/02/portman-decides-not-to-seek-presidency-in-2016.html

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