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The Washington Post: Rob Portman for president?

By Jennifer Rubin | August 28, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is reportedly considering a run for the presidency. He has not been on the radar screen for 2016, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a viable candidate. To the contrary, he might be the most qualified nominee since George H.W. Bush.

Portman served six terms in the House, four years as U.S. trade representative and a year as head of the Congressional Budget Office before his current Senate term. He has said, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), that he won’t run for both the Senate and the presidency. He is conservative, but not extreme, if you listen to several conservative groups. In 2011, National Journal ranked Portman as the 35th most conservative senator. The American Conservative Union gives him a lifetime 85.53 average. The Club for Growth gives him a 74 percent lifetime rating, with a 71 percent rating for 2013. Heritage Action gave him a 55 percent rating (dinging him for voting for the Ryan-Murray budget, prohibition of discrimination against gays in employment (ENDA) and voting to bring up the immigration bill — although he voted against it on the merits).

A center-right, experienced conservative and frequently mentioned vice presidential candidate and debate partner for Mitt Romney, Portman is somewhat of a throwback to the sort of sober, mature leadership that used to predominate in the Senate. Perhaps his executive branch experience or even his experience working in the family business has given him a big-picture view of the world.

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