COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, the Portman for Senate Campaign had an impressive weekend including the addition of five newspaper endorsements, the kickoff of its "Countdown to Victory" RV tour, and a successful Super Saturday day of grassroots action, which resulted in 161,492 targeted voter contacts through the campaign's door-to-door and phone programs with the help of over 2,000 volunteers. In contrast, with two weeks until Election Day, Ted Strickland was rarely seen in public.
Since May of last year, the campaign has contacted nearly 5 million targeted voters. While Rob and Jane traveled the state this weekend - making stops in Columbus, Brecksville, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Canton, West Chester, Athens, and Terrace Park - the RV tour continues today with stops in Columbus. The tour will include visits to 12 colleges and stops with members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who have endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who - just like Ohio newspapers - agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland's Ohio.
And speaking of newspaper endorsements: so far, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Courier, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, the Highland County Press, the Lima News, the Wheeling Intelligencer, the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, the Chillicothe Gazette, and the Times Gazette have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by fourteen newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one.
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:
Times Gazette: While former Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is a southern Ohio native who is well-regarded here even by many Republicans, he offers local voters no compelling reason why he should replace Republican Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate. Portman’s career-long focus on fighting illegal drugs and his devotion to rehabilitation and reentry for those who overcome drug addiction is extremely pertinent in southern Ohio. Portman has also been very attentive to Highland County, working closely with local leaders on several initiatives, including the expansion of PAS Technologies.
Chillicothe Gazette: Our analysis finds Portman to be a reasoned, effective lawmaker who certainly has distinguished himself in the area of fighting heroin and human trafficking, as well working to open overseas markets for U.S. trade... He's shown a willingness to challenge his party on the correct issues and when he's found traction in some of the ideas offered by those across the aisle... Portman's work ethic, track record and ability to work across the aisle to accomplish good things makes him the hands-down choice.
Lima News: Portman is smart and engaged on the issues that matter to Ohioans: jobs growth; improving the water quality of Lake Erie and inland lakes; cleaning up dilapidated neighborhoods; and his pet project – helping parents and the state cope and fight a tremendous heroin problem... Portman also has been no stranger to the four corners of Ohio. He’s made it a point to see firsthand the issues communities are wrestling with. In the Lima region, he recognized early the importance of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, and has fought to keep it open... [Strickland] has no clear vision.
Wheeling Intelligencer/Advertiser Tribune: Portman has been a staunch champion of working men and women. He has fought against trade deals that sell out Ohio workers. He has done all in his power to enact federal programs to help those who have lost their jobs already, often as a result of government action or lack of it... Portman’s opponent in the Nov. 8 election is former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who was refused a second term after he wrecked the state budget, leaving his successor to close an $8 billion gap in it. And Strickland, though claiming to be a friend to “the little guy,” supports Clinton wholeheartedly. His reaction to the war on coal was to sign on with a liberal group that backs Obama.
Toledo Blade: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman stopped in Toledo today as part of his “Countdown to Victory” RV tour. Portman’s blue RV has become a familiar site at his Sylvania Avenue campaign office... The Portman “Countdown to Victory” tour that started today is planned to make 80 stops in 35 counties and cover 4,000 miles, according to the campaign. Stops will include 12 college campuses.
Toledo NBC 24: Senator Rob Portman, the incumbent republican in Ohio, credits his volunteers for his now 15.8 point lead in national polls...On Saturday, Portman was in Toledo as part of his 'countdown to victory RV tour," which includes 80 stops throughout the state.
Columbus 10TV: The incumbent and Republican candidate Senator Rob Portman rallied his volunteers early Saturday morning at his Columbus call center. Portman said some 2,500 people across the state went door to door or picked up the phone to spread his message.
Toledo WTOL 11: Ohio Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman brought his re-election campaign back to Toledo on Saturday. Portman’s campaign called it the start of his 'Countdown to Victory RV Tour.' Between now and Election day, Portman says he plans to make 80 stops across 35 counties and cover four thousand miles.
Associated Press: Republican Sen. Rob Portman - who is running for re-election in Ohio - attends 'Super Saturday' events to kick-off his campaign's RV tour.
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