COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Portman for Senate campaign today launched its Students for Portman coalition with campus coordinators on over 20 college and university campuses across the State of Ohio. This group will be helping the Portman campaign organize and mobilize students on campus and will help communicate Rob Portman’s record to ensure that every student who wants a good job after graduation can find one.
"Over the summer, 200 high school and college students helped our campaign make 400,000 voter contacts through our door-to-door and phone programs," campaign manager Corry Bliss said. "The Students for Portman coalition will be an important part of our campaign moving forward and we're excited to work with these students to ensure that Rob Portman's message reaches students across Ohio during this campaign."
As part of the launch of the coalition, the Portman for Senate campaign became the first Senate campaign in the country to sponsor an ad on Instagram. The ad is microtargeted to students at The Ohio State University and began running this weekend during OSU's first home football game. Other ads targeted to Ohio universities will also begin running this week.
In addition, the Students for Portman launch video will run on both Facebook and Twitter. You may watch it by clicking here.
“Ohio has some of the best colleges and universities in the country, and I’m honored to have such a great group of young Ohioans supporting our campaign,” said Senator Portman. “Ohio graduates shouldn’t be forced to leave our state to find good jobs and opportunities.”
"The most important thing for me is being able to find a good job when I graduate, so I’m supporting Rob Portman because he is fighting to grow jobs and opportunity across Ohio and the nation." - Emily Hildreth, The Ohio State University
"The Buckeye State lost over 350,000 jobs during Governor Strickland's time as governor and he supports policies that would cost Ohio more jobs. We can’t afford to go back to Retread Ted’s Ohio." - Christian Pancake, Kent State University, Chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation
"If Ted Strickland really cared about making college affordable, he wouldn’t have cut $170 million in higher education funding when he was Governor. Strickland lifted a freeze on tuition, letting Ohio schools hike tuition by up to 3.5% a year." Bethany Barlow, Xavier University
"Rob Portman is a leader on job creation and is helping every Ohioan have a shot at the American Dream." Michael Peppel, University of Cincinnati
Students for Portman Chairs:
University of Akron
Bowing Green University
University of Cincinnati
Parker Van Winkle
Matt St. Clair
Cleveland State University
University of Dayton
University of Findlay
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Mary Margaret Criddle
John Paul Pruskowski
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
University of Mount Union
Ohio Dominican University
The Ohio State University
University of Toledo
The College of Wooster
Senator Portman is a leader in Congress on efforts to grow jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans while also helping those who have fallen through the cracks. Portman is the author of the Senate Republican Jobs Plan and has been a strong advocate for reforming our outdated and inefficient tax code, regulatory reform efforts to get rid of burdensome red tape, improving our worker retraining programs, repealing and replacing Obamacare, expanding exports, getting our budget under control, and many other proposals to expand job creation in Ohio and around the country.
Portman has worked across the aisle to encourage greater college access for low-income students. He is the author of the bipartisan Go To High School, Go To College Act, which will increase college access for low-income students by incentivizing them to earn college credits in high school through the Pell Grant program. Portman also authored a bipartisan amendment that was signed into law earlier this year as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization to allow low-income students at early college high schools and dual enrollment programs to received college credits tuition-free.
Portman is also the co-chair and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Career & Technical Education Caucus to advance efforts to equip workers with credentials, certificates, and other training that will match them with open jobs. More than 3.5 million jobs across the United States remain unfilled because employers are unable to find workers with the right skillset for the jobs available. It is estimated that by 2018 that over two-thirds of the jobs in the United States will require at least some postsecondary education.
In 2009, the Strickland-backed budget deal included most of the $2.4 billion in cuts he had proposed. The budget agreement also cuts by $170 million over two years the primary source of state funding to higher education. So instead of the tuition freeze in 2010 as Strickland proposed, state universities and colleges will be able to raise tuition by 3.5% over each of the next two years. Operating funds for K-12 education will be cut by 0.24% each year. Overall, 364 of 612 school districts can expect cuts in state [funding.] (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)