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Portman Endorsed by Two More Ohio Newspapers

- Martins Ferry Times Leader and Highland County Press Throw Their Support Behind Rob Portman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown over the weekend, 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."

The new endorsements come the same day as 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, Youngstown, Cleveland, and Columbus papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor and many endorsed 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" and scroll down to read the Martins Ferry Times Leader and the Highland County Press endorsements.

Newspapers Agree

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, and the Highland County Press have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by nine newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one.

Vote Portman Nov. 8
Martins Ferry Times Leader
October 17, 2016

Since 2011, Rob Portman has represented the Buckeye State in the U.S. Senate. We believe he has done an admirable job and that Ohioans should send him back to Washington, D.C., for a second term.

Portman is a Republican and a small business owner from Cincinnati. He built a strong record as a “commonsense conservative” who puts principles before politics...

Portman has a reputation for being a fiscal conservative who is focused on building consensus and promoting pro-growth policies and private sector job creation. He is known as an advocate for tax reform, regulatory reform, deficit reduction and worker retraining.

Despite their long traditions of supporting Democrat candidates, some major labor unions endorsed Portman in his race against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. The Ohio Conference of Teamsters union and the United Mine Workers both threw their support behind Portman rather than the Democrat Strickland. In doing so, the unions’ leadership made it clear they believe Portman has been an effective and reliable voice for working men and women. They see Strickland’s record as governor — a time when Ohio lost thousands of jobs and acquired an $8 billion budget deficit — as a sign of things to come if he were to be elected to the Senate.

Portman has proposed legislation regarding issues that matter to the people of Ohio, such as the ongoing opioid epidemic. He took a stand against human trafficking. He advocates increasing domestic oil and gas production.

In addition, Portman has served as a U.S. trade representative, making efforts to reduce barriers to U.S. exports and striving to enforce laws designed to level the playing field for American farmers and manufacturers.

For these reasons, we endorse Portman and urge Ohioans to vote for him in the Nov. 8 election.


Endorsements and musings political
Highland County Press
October 17, 2016

It should come as no surprise to our readers that we are endorsing U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for re-election. The newspaper endorsed Portman against Lee Fisher in 2010, and we stand by it.

This weekend, three newspapers in northeast Ohio endorsed Portman, 60, including two of which that previously endorsed his opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, 75.

The Akron Beacon Journal – having endorsed both Strickland and Fisher in 2010 – points to Portman’s “ability to work across the aisle to get things done, his work to find solutions to the heroin and prescription drug epidemic as well as energy efficiency among other issues.”

The Beacon Journal said Portman stands out as “prepared, diligent, and thoughtful” and that Strickland seems “disengaged and stale.”

The Youngstown Vindicator also made a switch, after endorsing Portman’s opponent in 2010...

As The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said in its endorsement of Portman: “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. Strickland, 75, repeatedly challenged Portman's positions during the endorsement interview but failed to offer his own clear road maps for how he planned to help college students with student loan debt, for instance, or improve flaws in Obamacare, which Portman wants to repeal. It's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate.”

If elected to the Senate – and if Hillary Clinton is elected as president – Strickland would be nothing more than another rubber-stamp for another Clinton. (Hillsboro taxpayers know all about rubber-stamps in city government.)

At least Portman would offer some opposition – limited as it may be – should the liberals retake the Senate.