Portman and Strickland Meet in Second Debate Tonight at 7 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ahead of tonight's second debate between Rob Portman and failed former Governor Ted Strickland, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it will launch Snapchat filters at the Columbus debate highlighting the records of the two candidates. Tonight's debate comes on the heels of Rob receiving the endorsement from the Columbus Dispatch and five separate newspaper endorsements over the weekend. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by nine newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one. Many of Rob's endorsements come from editorial boards who supported Strickland in previous races including the Akron Beacon Journal, the Columbus Dispatch, the Youngstown Vindicator, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Portman for Senate Campaign issued the following statement before this evening’s debate in Columbus.
From Michawn Rich, spokesperson: “Tonight's debate will focus on the stark difference in the records of Ohio’s two candidates for United States Senate. Rob is an independent voice getting results for Ohio families, passing over 45 bills into law, including efforts to combat Ohio’s addiction epidemic and fighting back against human trafficking. During his term as governor, the Columbus Dispatch referred to Strickland as having a record of 'incompetence and failure,' and that he 'clearly was in over his head.' The Columbus metro area lost over 40,000 jobs on his watch.
"The truth is Ted Strickland has the worst record of any candidate in America. As an ineffective congressman, Ted failed to pass a single bill into law during his 12 years in Congress, and Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation on his watch as governor. It's no secret why the Ohio Teamsters, the Ohio FOP, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers endorsed Rob after previously supporting Ted: Ohio simply cannot afford a return to Retread Ted’s Ohio.”
Below are two Snapchat filters that users may place above their photos at the debate.
Following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown yesterday, 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, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, and the Highland County Press. The Akron and Youngstown papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor as well as 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."