Canton Repository Endorsement Brings Newspaper Endorsement Count to Portman 19, Strickland 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Canton Repository became the 19th newspaper to endorse Rob Portman after receiving a string of endorsements from major newspapers across Ohio. The Repository cited Rob's record of getting results for Ohio on the heroin epidemic, human trafficking, and unfair trade practices, adding that "it's abundantly clear why poll after poll show Portman, Ohio's junior senator, with a commanding lead over the former governor in this battleground state."
"Before it shifted into first gear, pundits ranked the race between Republican incumbent Rob Portman and his Democratic challenger, Ted Strickland, among those that could decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. But this race has been anything but close.
"After months on the campaign trail and three substantive debates, it's abundantly clear why poll after poll show Portman, Ohio's junior senator, with a commanding lead over the former governor in this battleground state.
"It's because Portman has earned the trust of Ohioans of all political persuasions in his first term by taking the lead on such bipartisan issues as the heroin epidemic, human trafficking and illegal dumping of Chinese steel. Portman's pragmatic and thoughtful approach to policy and his humble, yet confident, approach to politics make him a rare commodity in Washington.
"Perhaps it's because unlike so many politicians these days Portman has been a diligent lawmaker capable of working across party lines to affect the types of changes that benefit Ohioans, as well as all Americans.
"The 60-year-old Portman has led by example not by bombast. Two of his most impressive achievements have come in recent months.
"As chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Portman and ranking committee member Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., successfully subpoenaed documents of Backpage.com and Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer as part of the committee's investigation into online human trafficking. Backpage.com is one of the leading websites for commercial sex advertising and has been linked to cases of trafficking involving adult and child victims. (In early October, Ferrer was arrested in Texas on warrants for human trafficking issued by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.)
"Portman also spearheaded passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, legislation President Barack Obama signed into law in July that will increase prevention and treatment for drug abusers and increase the availability of a drug used to treat overdoses. It allows Congress to appropriate $181 million annually to implement the law. CARA is the most significant federal law passed in recent years to combat the national opioid and heroin epidemic.
"He also has led efforts to clamp down on the illegal dumping of Chinese steel, which has hurt steelworkers in Ohio and beyond. In addition to testifying before the International Trade Commission on behalf of several American steel manufacturers, Portman worked hand-in-hand with fellow Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, to pass the Level the Playing Field Act. Portman also co-wrote the ENFORCE Act. President Obama has signed both bills — intended to close loopholes that have allowed foreign companies to sell products under cost or which have been illegally subsidized in the United States — into law.
"As for Strickland, the former governor and congressman has spent more time this campaign attacking Portman for opposing Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and waiting too long to disavow the Republican Party's nominee, Donald Trump, than he has offering workable remedies to the country's problems. A series of clumsy gaffes have kept Strickland's campaign from gaining traction — if there ever was traction to be gained.
"It has been an expensive and sometimes ugly campaign. Both Strickland and Portman are guilty of hurling unfair barbs. When it comes to solutions, Sen. Rob Portman is the clear winner. We're confident he'll continue to be a strong advocate for Ohioans. Voters should not hesitate to re-elect him to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 8."
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This latest endorsement follows three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown recently and from Lima, Wheeling, Tiffin, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Parkersburg, Elyria, Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati just this week. earlier this month, 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 some 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."
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, the Times Gazette, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Call & Post, the Minority Communicator Newspaper, and the Canton Repository have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by 19 newspapers while Strickland has only been endorsed by two - including one student newspaper.