COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rob Portman clearly won tonight as he delivered another commanding performance at the second debate with failed former Governor Ted Strickland. Rob's win comes on the heels of receiving the endorsement from the Columbus Dispatch and five separate newspaper endorsements over the weekend - the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, and the Highland County Press. For those keeping track, Rob has been endorsed by nine newspapers while Strickland has only been endorsed by one. Following the debate, the Portman for Senate Campaign issued this statement:
“Tonight's debate highlighted the differences between Rob and failed former Governor Ted Strickland while also showcasing 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 - Ted 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.
"Tonight, Ohioans saw first hand why they simply cannot afford a return to Retread Ted’s failed policies of higher taxes, burdensome regulations, and bigger government. In contrast, Rob rose above Strickland’s bitter false attacks and demonstrated that he has been and will continue to be an independent voice for Ohio families focused on his vision for pro-growth policies for better wages and more jobs. Rob’s record of delivering results has garnered support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – including more than 100,000 Ohio union members - as well as nine newspapers - many of which endorsed Strickland in his previous races."