Portman and Strickland Meet in Third and Final Debate Tonight at 7 p.m.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Today, in honor of Rob Portman and failed former Governor Ted Strickland’s final debate in Cleveland, the Portman for Senate Campaign is highlighting its ads, “Cleveland’s Biggest Enemy” and “Cleveland’s Fair Share.” The campaign is running these web ads in Cuyahoga County until Election Day to remind voters in Cleveland of the former governor’s awful record, his shameful comments referring to Cleveland as its own worst enemy, and how he was called the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime. The Portman for Senate Campaign also announced it will launch Snapchat geofilters at the Cleveland debate highlighting the records of the two candidates.
Tonight's debate comes on the heels of Rob receiving the endorsement from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and four other newspaper endorsements in the past week. The 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 to protect and create more Ohio jobs. 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."
For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by nine newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one. Many of Rob's endorsements come from editorial boards who supported Strickland in previous races including the Akron Beacon Journal, the Columbus Dispatch, the Youngstown Vindicator, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Portman for Senate Campaign issued the following statement before this evening’s debate in Cleveland.
From Michawn Rich, spokesperson: “Today, we are reminding voters in northeast Ohio that they simply cannot afford a return to Retread Ted's Ohio when the Greater Cleveland area lost more than 76,000 jobs. While Strickland had no problem telling Ohioans that 'Cleveland's biggest enemy is Cleveland' until he decided to run for Senate, the truth is that Cleveland's biggest enemy is Ted Strickland because he was the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime.
“Tonight's debate will focus on the stark difference in the records of Ohio’s two candidates for United States Senate. Rob is an independent voice who delivers results for Ohio, passing over 45 bills into law, including efforts to combat Ohio’s addiction epidemic and fight back against human trafficking. On the other hand, Ted Strickland has the worst record of any candidate in America. As an ineffective congressman, Ted failed to pass a single bill into law during his 12 years in Congress, and Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation on his watch as governor. Rob’s record of delivering results has garnered support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – including more than 100,000 Ohio union members - as well as nine newspapers - many of which endorsed Strickland in his previous races."
You may click the videos below to watch "Cleveland's Fair Share” and "Cleveland's Biggest Enemy.”
Here are two Snapchat filters that users may place above their photos at tonight's debate in Cleveland.
Following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown over the weekend, 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, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, and the Highland County Press. The Akron and Youngstown papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor as well as 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."
Following Strickland’s 2010 defeat, he blamed his loss on voters in the Cleveland area, who he believed were not appreciative of his efforts. He also charged that “Cleveland’s biggest enemy is Cleveland.” (Plain Dealer, December 21, 2010)
Brent Larkin wrote "Strickland is, by no small margin, the worst governor for Cleveland in my lifetime. ... A great many corporate and political leaders think Strickland has been horrible for Greater Cleveland..." (Brent Larkin, Plain Dealer, June 28, 2009)
While Ted was governor, the Greater Cleveland area lost more than 76,000 jobs. (OhioLostJobs.com; Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/25/16)