COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had another impressive week including the release of its latest web ad, "Newspapers Agree," a new Ukrainian radio ad, new polls showing Rob ahead of Strickland by as many as 33 points, two newspapers endorsing Rob, and the launch of its “Countdown to Victory” RV Tour, which will make 80 stops across 35 counties and cover over 4,000 miles. 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. Rob and Jane will kick-off the RV tour tomorrow during the campaign’s Super Saturday day of grassroots action where the campaign has a goal of contacting more than 150,000 voters in a single day.
Also this week, Rob and Ted Strickland met at the final two debates of the U.S. Senate race. While Rob delivered commanding performances highlighting his record of accomplishments passing 45 bills into law, helping Ohio workers fight back against illegal trade, combating human trafficking, and fighting Ohio’s heroin addiction epidemic, Strickland seemed rattled and failed to offer any plans for the future. To make matters worse for Strickland, the Cleveland City Club conducted a poll showing 68 percent of followers thought Rob won the debate compared to 32 percent for Strickland.
Unfortunately for Ted, the debates weren't his only low points of the week as he was also stuck on defense after a poll conducted in his former congressional district showed Rob ahead 61-28 and after Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC took the final step in cancelling all advertising on behalf of Strickland.
Here is a review of the week that was:
Monday, October 17th:
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, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 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."
A new poll was released by CNN/ORC showing Rob ahead of Strickland by 16 points (Portman 56% - Strickland 40%).
Also, Rob was endorsed by the Martins Ferry Times Leader and the Highland County Press. The Martins Ferry Times Leader highlighted Rob's "admirable" work to tackle the opioid and human trafficking epidemics, tax reform, regulatory reform, deficit reduction, and worker retraining among other issues and said that he has the ability to put "principles before politics." The Highland County Press agreed with other major newspapers that have endorsed Rob and even referred to Strickland as "nothing more than another rubber-stamp for another Clinton."
And ahead of Monday's second debate between Rob and failed former Governor Strickland, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it launched Snapchat filters at the Columbus debate highlighting the records of the two candidates. Here are the two Snapchat filters that users were able to place above their photos at the debate:
Rob clearly won Monday's debate as he delivered another commanding performance. The debate highlighted the differences between the candidates and why Ohio newspapers are supporting Rob. While Rob is getting results for Ohio, passing over 45 bills into law - including efforts to combat Ohio’s addiction epidemic and fighting back against human trafficking - Strickland is growing increasingly desperate as National Democrats abandon his campaign and as he fails to defend his record as governor when Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation.
Tuesday, October 18th:
The Portman for Senate campaign released a Ukrainian radio ad highlighting Rob's work with the Ukrainian community and his endorsement by the Ukrainian Civic League. The ad is running on targeted shows in Cleveland through Election Day. This week, Rob received the Shevchenko Freedom Award from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. The radio ad coincides with local advertising in local Ukrainian newspapers. You may click here to listen to the radio ad.
In other news, Quinnipiac University released a poll showing Rob ahead of Strickland by 13 points. The poll is available by clicking HERE. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll said that the race "appears to be shaping up as a Sen. Rob Portman landslide re-election."
Finally, the New York Times updated their 2016 Senate Election Forecast and it wasn't good news for Ted Strickland as they gave Rob a 99 percent chance of winning re-election to the U.S. Senate. Check out these graphs from the New York Times:
Wednesday, October 19th:
In case you missed it, here is what they had to say about the Portman Campaign's Ukrainian radio ad:
Columbus Dispatch: The ad tells listeners that Portman is “leading the fight to condemn the Russian-backed separatist attacks,” and tells voters that he “supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Politico: Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign is reaching out to the Ukrainian community with a Ukrainian-language radio ad that says Portman is “leading the fight to condemn the Russian-backed separatist attacks, and he supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Cleveland.com: This week in Senate race outreach: Team Portman is targeting a new radio ad – narrated completely in Ukrainian – at Cleveland’s Ukrainian community.
National Journal: Portman Releases Radio Ad in Ukrainian
You can probably guess the first two languages Sen. Rob Portman used in paid advertising. The third might surprise you.
On Tuesday, Portman added Ukrainian to the usual stable of English and Spanish spots, unveiling a radio ad in the Eastern-European language touting Portman’s pro-Ukraine credentials. The ad targets the significant Ukrainian-American population around Cleveland, offering yet another example of the carefully targeted, hyper-personalized approach that has earned the Portman campaign recognition as one of the best in the country.
“As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Rob Portman is standing up for Ukraine in the United States Senate,” a narrator says.
The Portman campaign is widely credited for the kind of outreach demonstrated in the ad. National Journal previously reported that the campaign has divided the electorate into 22 targeted groups, and monitors progress on each. The campaign has seven official coalition groups targeting African Americans, veterans, women, sportsmen, Hispanics, small business owners, and college students...
Portman’s ad, however, showcases that his work in the Senate should help in distancing himself from Trump in this area. The ad touts an endorsement from the Ukrainian Civic League and says Portman “supports providing Ukraine with the necessary lethal weapons to defend itself.”
Portman has visited Ukraine two times in as many years, met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk when he visited Washington in 2014, and co-founded the Senate Ukraine Caucus. In August, he hosted a roundtable with Ukrainian and other Eastern-European leaders.
The ad is part of a $15 million reservation announced in May, and coincides with advertising in Ukrainian newspapers in the area.
In other news, Rob stopped by the campaign's Butler County office to thank the interns and volunteers as well as to deliver lunch. Check out these great pictures:
Thursday, October 20th:
A new Public Opinion Strategies Poll was released showing Rob ahead of Strickland by 33 points in Strickland's former congressional district (Portman 61 - Strickland 28). The Washington Examiner reported on the poll saying that Rob, "continues to hold a commanding lead in Ohio against former Gov. Ted Strickland, especially in Ohio's 6th Congressional district, which Strickland used to represent."
In other news, the Columbus Dispatch published this cartoon:
Meanwhile, Politifact Ohio agreed with Rob when he said that Strickland made about $400k after he turned his back on Ohio and moved to Washington, D.C. to run the lobbying arm of a liberal special interest group. Don't just take our word for it, check out THIS fact check.
Ahead of Thursday's third and final debate between Rob and failed former Governor Strickland, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it launched Snapchat filters at the Columbus debate highlighting the records of the two candidates. Here are the two Snapchat filters that users were able to place above their photos at the debate:
Rob delivered a defining win in Thursday’s debate against failed former Governor Ted Strickland. Here are the top five takeaways from the third and final debate:
1. Rob is getting results for Ohio, passing over 45 bills into law - including efforts to combat Ohio’s addiction epidemic and fighting back against human trafficking.
2. Rob is fighting for Ohio workers and is a leader when it comes to leveling the playing field on trade so Ohioans can compete and win. He’s passed legislation, including the Level the Playing Field Act and the ENFORCE Act, to protect Ohio workers from unfair trade. In fact, Rob’s leadership to protect Ohio workers has earned him endorsements from unions representing over 100,000 Ohio families – including the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America – who all previously supported Strickland.
3. Ted Strickland never met a job he couldn’t outsource to another state or country, including his own when he moved to D.C. for a high paid gig running the lobbying arm of a D.C. special interest group. Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs while ranking 48th in job creation during his time as governor.
4. Ted Strickland talks tough on China but like so many issues, his actions don’t match his words. In Congress, Ted refused to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices. As governor, despite his strong rhetoric, his administration opened a trade office in China and he even gave a $4 million taxpayer-funded loan to a now-bankrupt company with a Chinese factory.
5. Ted Strickland was "the worst governor for Cleveland" in a lifetime:
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)
While Ted was governor, the Greater Cleveland area lost more than 76,000 jobs. (OhioLostJobs.com; Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/25/16). Despite the devastating job loss in Cleveland, Ted Strickland said, "We did a lot for Cleveland. Cleveland, quite frankly, got more than their fair share." (Reginald Fields, Plain Dealer, December 21, 2010)
Even Cleveland City Club followers agreed that Rob won. Check out this poll conducted after the debate:
Friday, October 21st:
The Portman for Senate campaign announced the launch of its “Countdown to Victory” RV Tour, which will make 80 stops across 35 counties and cover over 4,000 miles. 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.
Rob will kick-off the RV tour tomorrow during the campaign’s Super Saturday day of grassroots action. During the campaign’s Super Saturday in August, more than 1,500 volunteers helped the campaign contact more than 107,000 voters in a single day. For this week’s Super Saturday, the campaign has a goal of contacting more than 150,000 voters in a single day. Rob and Jane will travel the state and visit with interns and volunteers as well as help with grassroots outreach at each of these events:
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