COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, Rob and Jane wrapped up the campaign's two-week "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour, which made more than 50 stops across 30 counties and covered over 3,500 miles. The tour made stops with members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who recently endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who all agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland's Ohio. While Ted Strickland was hardly seen in public, the Columbus Dispatch referred to Rob as the "hardest working man" in politics saying, "rare is the day when Portman is not racing around the state." We couldn't agree more considering Rob made more stops over the past two weeks than Ted Strickland has made all year. You may click HERE or below to watch a recap of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV tour.
Here is a day-by-day recap of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour:
Saturday, August 13th:
The Portman for Senate campaign kicked off its “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour with an extremely successful Super Saturday. The day of grassroots efforts resulted in 107,906 voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs with the help of over 1,500 volunteers. Since May of last year, the campaign has contacted more than 3.3 million targeted voters. Rob and Jane traveled the state making stops in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lima, and Toledo. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of the Portman Campaign's Super Saturday day of grassroots action.
Here is what they had to say:
AP: Sen. Rob Portman kicks off 2-week campaign tour of the state
Toledo Blade: Portman RV tour makes Toledo stop
WDTN: Portman’s Moving Ohio Forward RV tour made campaign stop in Dayton
Columbus Dispatch:Data gathering puts Portman, Strickland campaigns very in touch with Ohio voters
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Sunday, August 14th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign gathered supporters for tailgate before the Akron RubberDucks baseball game, opened of a new campaign office in Mayfield Heights, and visited Cleveland's Little Italy.
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Monday, August 15th:
While Ted Strickland was not seen in public and faced headlines such as "Strickland's comments on Scalia shameful" and "Why Have Some Unions Endorsed a Republican for Senate?," Rob made his way to Cleveland and Akron. Among Rob's stops were a roundtable with Ukrainian and Eastern European Leaders as well as a lunch cookout with the Akron Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7. In July, the FOP of Ohio – the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members – endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Akron Beacon Journal: Akron police union welcomes Portman, applauds GOP senator for labor friendliness
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The Portman for Senate campaign also released a new statewide television ad, "Sheriff," featuring Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer discussing Ted Strickland's failed record on drug addiction and mental health funding. Following Friday's release of a false ad from Ted Strickland's out-of-state allies attacking Rob's leadership on Ohio's opioid epidemic, the Portman campaign is running "Sheriff" statewide and to targeted audiences online. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch our new TV ad, “Sheriff.”
Tuesday, August 16th:
On the heels of receiving four major union endorsements, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it launched Snapchat geofilters for the Clinton rally in Cleveland. The filters reminded voters at the rally that over 100,000 union workers and families are rejecting Ted Strickland by highlighting Rob's endorsements from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - which represents over 50,000 members from across Ohio - and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio - the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members. Rob has now been endorsed by four major unions, the Teamsters, the FOP, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America, that previously endorsed Ted Strickland. The Portman campaign previously had volunteers passing out flyers at Clinton events in Columbus and Youngstown and signed up over 400 new supporters and received over 100 yard sign requests. On Tuesday, volunteers passed out two-sided flyer again. You may click HERE to view them.
While Ted Strickland faced another editorial criticizing him for his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death, Rob made his way from Butler County to Dayton and Maplewood as part of his “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour. Among Rob's stops yesterday were an office opening in Butler County, a Shelby County GOP picnic in Maplewood, and a visit in Dayton with members from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18. In July, the IUOE - representing over 15,000 members from across Ohio - endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.
WLWT: Rob Portman kicks off campaign tour in West Chester
Dayton Daily News: Republican campaigned in area Tuesday for the second time in four days
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Wednesday, August 17th:
The Ohio Veterans United endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. The group of veterans agrees Rob is the only candidate in this race with a proven record of standing up for Ohio veterans and their families. Following the endorsement event at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931, Founder and Honorary Chair of Ohio Veterans United and Air Force Veteran and Vietnam POW Colonel Thomas Moe said, "Rob understands the sacrifices American servicemen and women make for their country and their families. From cost of living increases to education benefits, job training and housing assistance, Rob has worked tirelessly for the men and women who wear our Nation’s uniform, veterans and their families. Ohio Veterans United is proud to endorse his candidacy."
Cleveland.com: Rob Portman wins endorsement from Ohio veterans' group
Stow Sentry: Portman endorsed by veterans group, ready to debate Strickland
Gongwer: Portman Accepts Endorsement of Ohio Veterans United
In addition to Rob's endorsement, his "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour made stops at the Franklin County GOP Judicial Salute, and a board meeting with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
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Thursday, August 18th:
While Ted Strickland did not make a public appearance and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper admitted that Ted is losing, Rob and Governor John Kasich hit the campaign trail making stops in Dayton and Columbus to meet with Portman for Senate volunteers and interns as part of Rob's “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of Day 6 of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour.
Here is what they had to say:
Cleveland.com: Rob Portman, John Kasich help each other out on the campaign trail
WDTN: Hoping to hook voters, Senator Rob Portman arrived with Ohio Governor John Kasich Thursday as part of a 2-week RV tour throughout the state. 50 stops and 50 opportunities to spread their message about improving the state’s economy. “A lot of people are seeing flat wages and higher expenses,” Portman said. “The middle class squeeze is very really in this state. I hear about it everywhere I go.” Portman’s message is resonating with some young people, like Rachel Farmer, who’s concerned about the nation’s trillions in debt.
Dayton Daily News: Strickland was portrayed by Kasich and Portman as a failed governor who oversaw a decline in jobs and left the state with an $8 billion projected budget deficit and a nearly drained rainy day fund.
Columbus Dispatch: Portman is counting on Kasich to continue to rally to his side as he defends his seat against the Democrat who Kasich dumped from office in 2010 -- former Gov. Ted Strickland.
Gongwer: There is no doubt, though, that Sen. Portman will win with how organized his campaign is, Gov. Kasich said. From the Columbus campaign office they visited on Tuesday, volunteers have reached out to 700,000 Ohioans over the last year between phone calls and door knocking, Sen. Portman said. In all, his campaign has reached out to 3.3 million Ohioans so far. The senator is energizing volunteers at campaign headquarters across the state during a two-week bus tour to visit 30 counties that he's currently in the midst of.
WBNS: Portman is Picking Up Endorsements, Campaigns with Governor Kasich
WHIO: John Kasich Campaigns with Fellow Republican Rob Portman
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Friday, August 19th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign released a new TV ad featuring the endorsement of General Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star General, recipient of three Purple Heart medals, and former President Bill Clinton’s “drug czar” and Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ad will air statewide and is part of the campaign's $15 million advertising reservation. You may watch the ad by clicking here or on the video below.
Saturday, August 20th:
Rob, Jane, and Sally made their way from Tiffin for a Seneca County GOP breakfast to Delaware County for a new Portman for Senate field office opening where they were joined by Representatives Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi, and finally to both the Guernsey and Muskingum County headquarters for gatherings with fellow Republicans.
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Monday, August 22nd:
The Columbus Dispatch referred to Rob as the "hardest working man" in politics saying, "When he's not hammering nails for Habitat for Humanity, kayaking with wounded warriors or riding his bike 100 miles in Pelotonia, Ohio's junior U.S. senator finds other things to do. Rare is the day when Portman is not racing around the state — including covering 3,500 miles in his campaign RV over two weeks — courting the voters he hopes to parlay into a second term on Capitol Hill."
Also on Monday, the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest TV ad, "Gregory Industries," highlighting Rob's focus on delivering results for Ohio workers and families. In 2011, Gregory Industries, a guardrail manufacturer in Canton, faced possible closure when a competitor hired a lobbyist to effectively eliminate their product through language in federal legislation. Rob stepped in and led the charge to save the company's 125 jobs. The ad, which you may watch by clicking here or below, is playing statewide.
- Roll Call: Portman Drops Another $1 Million for Ad Buy - Move comes as Ohio Republican solidifies his lead in Senate race
- Politico: GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign is spending $1 million on a new TV ad focused on Portman’s work to help an Ohio manufacturing company called Gregory Industries. Language in a proposed spending bill could have doomed the company, employees say in the ad, but Portman intervened.
Tuesday, August 23rd:
The Portman for Senate Campaign announced it purchased over 30 Snapchat Geofilters across Ohio to blanket college campuses as students return to classes for the start of the fall semester. In addition, Snapchat users at The Ohio State University were able to show support for Rob during move-in day in one filter and in another filter students were encouraged to join the campaign as interns during an activity fair. In total, the campaign targeted over 30 different colleges and universities with individual filters specific to the school, with more to come. Images of the some of the filters are below. Users were able to snap a picture and place the filters on top of their photos.
Also on Tuesday, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation announced its support for Rob, naming him a "Friend of Agriculture" during a stop on the Portman for Senate Campaign's "Moving Ohio Forward" RV Tour. Much like the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, and the United Mine Workers, former Governor Ted Strickland sought out the Farm Bureau's support in April. Unfortunately for him, the Farm Bureau agreed that Rob is the only candidate in this race with a proven record of delivering results and standing up for Ohio farmers and their families.
- Washington Free Beacon: Portman Receives Support From Ohio Farm Organization - Strickland publicized meetings with organization leaders
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Wednesday, August 24th:
Rob and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) hit the campaign trail in parts of Ted Strickland's former Congressional district. The two began their day in Bergholz touring Rosebud Mine and meeting with mine workers. As you may recall, in June, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the United Mine Workers of America endorsed Rob for re-election to the U.S. Senate. The Mine Workers endorsement was an important recognition of Rob's leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs, and was considered a major "political blow" to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by the union in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.
Following the mine visit, Rob and Senator Capito continued on to Hanoverton for a luncheon with fellow Republicans and then to Gregory Industries for a roundtable with members of Rob's Small Business Coalition, which is spearheaded by Matt Gregory. Following the tour, Rob and Senator Capito finished their day at a GOP dinner in Summit County. Here is what they had to say:
- WTOV9: U.S. Senators Portman, Moore Capito visit Rosebud Mine in Bergholz
- WTRF7: Sens. Portman and Capito Headed to Parts of Opponent Ted Strickland's Former Congressional District
- Wheeling Intelligencer: Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Visit Rosebud Mine in Jefferson County
- Salem News: US senator stumps in area with colleague
- Canton Repository: Gregory Industries aiding Portman's cause
Photos from Day 12:
Also on Wednesday, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it purchased a Snapchat geofilter for the Bernie Sanders "Our Revolution Organizing Kickoff" at the Gateway Film Center Lounge in Columbus. Users at the kickoff event were reminded of former Governor Ted Strickland's cozy relationship with Hillary Clinton. An image of the filter is below. Users were able to snap a picture and place the filter on top of their photos.
Friday, August 26th:
RealClearPolitics took an in-depth look at Ohio's Senate race in Appalachia as Ted Strickland, who "appeared frustrated," loses support in his former congressional district.
- RealClearPolitics: P.J. Deluca, a miner at Rosebud Mining who was there for the senator’s visit, said he voted for Strickland in 2006, but not in 2010, and is solidly behind Portman this year...Strickland admits that he’s behind in the race right now, and in the interview appeared frustrated by some of the Appalachia-related attacks...
After making over 50 stops across 30 counties and covering more than 3,500 miles - more stops than Ted Strickland has made all year - Rob and Jane wrapped up the campaign's Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour, at the campaign's field office in Terrace Park. I think we all know what the answer to this is:
Photos from day 14: