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  • Social conservatives target pro-gay marriage Republicans

    10/16/2014 11:28:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Social conservatives are making a last-ditch effort to stop Republicans who support gay marriage, looking to torpedo their campaigns ahead of next month’s elections. But they don't just have 2014 in their sights — they’re already turning one eye to 2016, with the goal of defeating pro-gay marriage Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The National Organization for Marriage is making robocalls attacking a trio of socially liberal Republicans, including a pair of openly gay House candidates, California’s Carl DeMaio and Massachusetts’ Richard Tisei, plus Oregon Senate nominee Monica Wehby, who supports same-sex marriage. The organization is also openly discussing ways to...
  • Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run

    08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    WHIO ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make any decisions until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa which will be holding the first presidential contests of 2016. Although Portman and his aides say he is currently focused on running for re-election in 2016, the first-term senator has long had ambitions for national office. Portman...
  • ROB PORTMAN: OBAMA'S CRITICS MOVED BY "FRUSTRATION," NOT RACISM

    07/15/2014 3:31:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Breitbart.com
    WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder's suggestion that some harsh criticism of President Obama comes from racial prejudice is "not constructive," U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said.
  • Republicans Need a Champion in 2016 (Guess which two he suggests?)

    03/04/2014 7:40:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    e are already at the point in this prematurely unfolding 2016 presidential campaign when a glance down the list of prospective candidates can cause most observers to wince. As that seductive and sultry crooner Peggy Lee once sang, “Is that all there is?” At the U.Va. Crystal Ball, we currently have 11 Republicans and nine Democrats as probable or possible presidential contenders. The Democrats have fewer and more tentative contenders because of the paralyzing gravitational pull of “Planet Hillary,” as the New York Times Magazine described the Clinton operation. The former secretary of state is a kind of massive Jupiter...
  • Why Should I Vote GOP ?

    08/07/2013 5:06:25 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 78 replies
    8/7/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    As a Conservative, I hold these truths to be self evident: (in no particular order) * Life begins at the moment of conception. Abortion, for any reason, real or imagined, is murder. * The Right to Bear Arms is an unalienable right that the government cannot infringe on in any way. Background checks, "assault weapon" bans, magazine capacity rules, and the like are completely unconstitutional. *Global warming is as much of a fraud as the "Next Ice Age" scare was in the 1970's. *Illegal aliens are criminals and should be treated as such. There should be no amnesty for illegal...
  • National Right to Life Committee disowns Cleveland chapter for defending marriage

    08/05/2013 2:47:03 PM PDT · by Kazan · 182 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Mon Aug 05 2:57 PM EST | LifeSiteNews staff
    CLEVELAND, August 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an unprecedented move on July 17th, the National Right to Life Committee (NRTL) chose to support Senator Rob Portman's newly expressed support of gay marriage and to withdraw support from one of the most effective prolife organizations in the country, Cleveland Right to Life (CRTL). In a letter dated July 17, 2013, the president of National Right to Life, Carol Tobias, informed CRTL President, Molly Smith, that because of their recent addition of support for traditional marriage and the family to its Mission Statement, AND because of CRTL criticism of Senator Portman, that...
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Doubts and Downloads in Ohio After Rob Portman’s Shift on Gay Marriage

    04/05/2013 9:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/05/2013 | By TRIP GABRIEL
    CINCINNATI — No one heckled Senator Rob Portman during his first appearance before thousands of Ohioans since becoming the most prominent elected Republican in the country to endorse same-sex marriage. “Wouldn’t you say,” he said, turning to his wife, Jane, after marching in an opening day parade for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, “that most of the comments were thank yous and thumbs up and ‘You did the right thing’?” True, but for some of the Ohioans who acknowledged Mr. Portman, doubts flickered below the surface. “Senator!” said one spectator, Pete Kidnocker, reaching out to shake Mr. Portman’s hand. But...
  • Senator Rob Portman's Homosexual Descent

    03/20/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 30 replies
    New American ^ | 3-20-13 | Selwyn Duke
    In another case in the annals of conservative "adaptation" to yesterday's liberal innovation, Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman has just announced that he now supports faux marriage. The change was motivated, he said, by his son having come out to him and his wife as a homosexual. Well, it's a good thing his son didn't announce that he was involved in bestiality. Talk about a pandering parent. We can also talk here about letting your personal life influence your public policy. If I were a statesman and learned that a child of mine were hooked on cocaine or had joined...
  • Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

    03/18/2013 6:24:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Michael Barone
    In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage. He wrote that on learning that one of his sons is gay he "wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister." He is not the only prominent Republican to come to this view in this way. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is another. And at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention, a panel sponsored by...
  • Rob Portman's Selfish Reversal on Marriage Is a Triumph for Gay Rights (You decide: Barf Alert?)

    03/17/2013 5:39:47 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/15/2013 | Noah Berlatsky
    (The Republican senator's embrace of marriage equality shows just how successful advocates have been in linking the personal with the political.) Rob Portman, Republican Senator from Ohio and a former frontrunner to be Mitt Romney's running mate, has declared that he now favors gay marriage. As Portman says in an op-ed for the Columbus Dispatch, his change of heart was personal: That isn't how I've always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way. Two...
  • Portman’s Reversal on Gay Marriage Sparks Harsh Words from Conservatives

    03/16/2013 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 15 Mar 2013 10:05 PM | Todd Beamon
    Sen. Rob Portman on Friday became the first Republican in the Senate to support gay marriage—and his switch set off harsh words from many conservatives. … Some conservatives charged that Portman’s reversal was timed with gay-marriage advocates to coincide with the Supreme Court hearings. “There is a concerted effort to pick off Republicans and make us appear divided,” Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage told NPR at CPAC. The group is trying to stop efforts to legalize gay marriage. … Meanwhile, former Sen. Rick Santorum told Newsmax that the GOP must remain firm on its support of traditional...
  • Rob Portman Comes Out

    03/16/2013 5:32:36 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 66 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 15, 2013 | Stephen Green
    Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, said on Friday he now believes gays have a right to marry after learning two years ago that his son is gay. Portman, who was on the short list to be 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, made the announcement in an opinion piece in an Ohio newspaper and gave interviews on his change of heart. “I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government...
  • Former APA Pres. Dr. Cummings Discusses Gay Change,Epigenetics,Neutrinos,& Political Correctness

    03/15/2013 10:43:49 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 2 replies
    RPVNetwork ^ | March 15, 2013 | F.R Newbrough
    Former APA Pres. Dr. Nicolas Cummings Discusses Gay Change, Epigenetics, Neutrinos, & Political Correctness. - RPVNetwork
  • G.O.P.’s Portman, Saying Son Is Gay, Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage

    03/15/2013 3:16:40 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 48 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/16/13 | GERRY MULLANY
    Senator Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican, has switched his stand on same-sex marriage, saying he now supports it after his son told him he is gay. Mr. Portman, who had been considered one of the leading candidates to be Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, told Ohio newspapers that his son Will told him and his wife, Jane, in 2011 of his sexual orientation.
  • GOP's Rob Portman announces support for same-sex marriage

    03/15/2013 7:15:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/15/2013 | Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News
    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is greeted by his daughter Sally, left, and son Will after finishing the Paddlefest, an annual Cincinnati event, on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Republican Senator Rob Portman has announced his support for same-sex marriage, saying he reversed his position on the divisive social issue after his son came out as gay. “I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote in an op-ed published...
  • Republican senator reverses his opposition to gay marriage after his 21-year-old son comes out

    03/15/2013 5:04:58 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 161 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2013 | Katie Davies
    A respected Republican senator has announced he is reversing his stance against gay marriage after his 21-year-old son came out to him and his wife. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican considered as a running mate by the Romney campaign, said the discovery that his son Will, 21, was gay had given him a 'new perspective' and understanding of why equal opportunities matter. Will, a junior at Yale University, came out to his politician father and mother, Jane, two years ago, The Plain Dealer reports. Portman, who backed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, says since his son's announcement he has...
  • CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

    03/14/2013 9:46:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/15/2013 | Dana Bash
    Washington (CNN) -- You probably recognize Sen. Rob Portman from his tireless campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2012. He was even on the short list to be Romney's running mate. He's been a leading Republican voice on economic issues for four decades. Now, the prominent Ohio conservative will be known for something else: reversing his hardline position against gay marriage. He invited CNN to his Senate office to reveal the news. "I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry," Portman...
  • Portman: 'If We Don't Win Ohio, It's Tough To See Us Winning The Election Nationally'

    10/27/2012 11:05:03 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    NBCNews ^ | October 27, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty
    Portman: 'If We Don't Win Ohio, It's Tough To See Us Winning The Election Nationally' By NBC's Andrew Rafferty FAIRVIEW PARK, OH -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the chairman of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign in the Buckeye State, said Friday that it would be tough for Romney to win the election without carrying Ohio. "I'm feeling the pressure not just because I'm chairing the effort here in Ohio, but mostly because I feel the pressure for our country and what's going to happen over the next four years," Portman told NBC News on Friday while traveling between campaign...
  • Romney's Playbook

    10/05/2012 9:33:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-4-12 | Robert Costa
    Denver — The elements of Mitt Romney’s Rocky Mountain rout were hatched weeks ago in Vermont’s Green Mountains. In early September, Romney slowed down his campaign schedule and retreated with a small group of advisers to the home of Kerry Healey, his former lieutenant governor. Ohio senator Rob Portman, a trusted ally, joined Stuart Stevens, Eric Fehrnstrom, Bob White, and a handful of other Romney confidants. They spent days holding mock debates, and nights reviewing President Obama’s stylistic tics. When they needed a break, they roamed around Healey’s secluded estate, which is 100 miles south of Burlington, Vt. But mostly...
  • Dems Boo Jerusalem on Day Jerusalem-Born Natalie Portman to Speak at DNC

    09/05/2012 3:46:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/5/12 | Joe Pollack
    On the day that Jerusalem-born, Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is due to deliver a "surprise" address to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC, delegates roundly booed party leaders who amended the Democrat platform to include support for Jerusalem as Israel's capital city. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa failed--three times in a row--to earn the support of a two-thirds majority of delegates to amend the platform to include Jerusalem and a reference to "God," which had been omitted. In the end, he merely deemed that the convention had passed the motion--though it clearly had not--and adopted the amendments...
  • TRENDING: First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington

    09/05/2012 11:51:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/05/2012 | Shannon Travis
    Charlotte (CNN) - Clint Eastwood meet Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington. The three actresses, firmly anchored in Hollywood's royalty, have been secretly scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to a tentative schedule provided by a source to CNN. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker – Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November. The schedule lists the three actresses as speaking on Thursday evening, the same night that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept their party's respective nominations. Johansson, Portman and Washington are...
  • Natalie Portman to Campaign for Obama in Nevada

    08/25/2012 1:55:38 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 36 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3:48 PM PDT 8/24/2012 | Tina Daunt
    Natalie Portman to Campaign for Obama in Nevada 3:48 PM PDT 8/24/2012 by Tina Daunt The Oscar-winning actress will appear at a rally Saturday in Las Vegas. Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman will hit the campaign trail on President Barack Obama's behalf Saturday at a major event in Nevada, which has emerged as a crucial swing state.
  • Will It Be Portman?

    07/09/2012 7:40:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2012 | Robert Costa
    Concord, N.H. — It took Rob Portman five years to graduate from Dartmouth College. He switched majors twice, and he was rarely a habitué of Baker Memorial Library. Instead, Portman was a devoted outdoorsman. He spent hours on the slopes and even more on the water. For the skinny, long-haired teenager from Cincinnati, the Connecticut River’s strong currents were a refreshing diversion from Ivy League academia. The river’s rapids were also a training course. By 1977, Portman’s third year, he and some friends won a grant to kayak the entire length of the Rio Grande, from its source in southern...
  • Has Romney Already Chosen Portman for VP?

    07/05/2012 9:33:47 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 57 replies
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate is allegedly entering its final phase, and establishment Republican Ohio Senator Rob Portman is believed to be at the top of the list. Portman has campaigned repeatedly with Romney, and he is flying to New Hampshire this week — where the Romney family is vacationing — to appear at a Republican fund-raiser. Portman continues to garner plaudits from the establishment media, but most importantly, he is the clear favorite of many establishment Republican insiders. As The New York Times observed, “he [Portman] is among a select breed of politicians...
  • Romney "willing to risk being one-term president": Portman

    06/26/2012 2:33:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26, 2012 | Steve Holland
    Republican Mitt Romney would tackle tough debt and deficit problems if elected on November 6 in ways that potential vice presidential running mate, Senator Rob Portman, said on Tuesday. could leave him at risk of being a one-term president, a "This is something I have never said publicly, I've told my wife this, but I think he'd be willing to risk being a one-term president in order to make the tough decisions that are going to be required," Portman told the Reuters Washington Summit.
  • Who Would Kaisich Choose--If Romney picks his "most comfortable" Portman for VEEP

    06/21/2012 6:10:26 AM PDT · by Amish · 12 replies
    If Romney selects Portman for VEEP (a fellow technocrat and middle of the roader) who do you Ohioans think would governor Kasich choose to replace him in the Senate?
  • Portman's bipartisan reputation could hurt chance of joining GOP ticket

    06/01/2012 6:52:16 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/01/12 | Niall Stanage and Molly Hooper
    One mark against Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) being Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential choice may be that Portman’s not sufficiently polarized. If the speculation Portman will become Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick proves true, he could complicate the presidential race in an unexpected way: he has a legitimate record of bipartisanship and is well-regarded even by a number of Democrats on Capitol Hill. Portman is currently stirring more vice-presidential talk among Beltway insiders by taking a trip to Israel, where he held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The Ohioan has faced criticism for his supposed grayness but he...
  • Does Portman Have the Edge in VP Sweepstakes?

    05/23/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 23, 2012 | Erin McPike
    Rob Portman has been preparing for this for years. Although the Ohio senator offers the standard line that he doesn't expect to be picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, the trajectory of his career and his political conduct in Washington have made nearly everyone in politics almost certain that he’ll be plucked for this year's Republican presidential ticket. Bob Paduchik, a veteran consultant who ran George W. Bush’s re-election effort in Ohio as well as Portman’s Senate campaign in 2010, bottom-lined it: “Rob Portman is uniquely qualified to do the job on Day One. I can’t think of another candidate...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox/O'Really? "Who will Romney pick as his running mate?)

    05/15/2012 5:57:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 45 replies
    billoreilly.com ^ | 5-15-12 | Bill O'Reilly
    Who will Romney pick as his running mate? Ryan Rubio Christie Portman Someone else
  • Rob Portman - big spending big govt establishment republican - 440+ Billion debt increased (VANITY)

    04/22/2012 7:51:40 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    Portman is unfit to be anybody's veep at any time. He's a Bushie. NO MORE BUSHs! NO MORE GOP-E! Give smaller government a try! I spent a few minutes looking into this guy, and according to the ever unreliable Wikipedia The public debt went up by $469 Billion according to them, and they do point to TreasuryDirect.gov, which I think it's reasonable to say is more reliable. Just plug in the dates. Portman was held the office of OMB from April 18, 2006 to June 19, 2007. The math works out for me to be around $445 Billion. Still too...
  • To Win Burbs, Romney May Pick 'Double-Vanilla' Veep

    04/19/2012 11:57:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Some 20 million Americans in primaries and caucuses will take part in selecting the Republican presidential nominee. One person will choose the vice presidential nominee. This has long struck me as absurd: One person choosing someone who, as a result, might become president for as long as 10 years. But just about everyone in politics says it's the only proper way. Over the last 25 years, presidential nominees of both parties have engaged in conscientious consultation and have mostly made pretty good choices. No more picks at five o'clock in the morning to meet a convention deadline. For even longer,...
  • Rob Portman (would he make a good President?)

    11/22/2011 7:47:23 AM PST · by bilhosty · 12 replies
    robPortman.com ^ | not shown | not shown
    Rob Portman grew up in an Ohio small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When Rob was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where Rob and his brother and sister all worked growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees and Rob’s mom as bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. Rob became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses....
  • Wall Street Is Biggest Donor to Deficit Panel Members

    08/17/2011 7:27:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies
    Who's been cozying up to the members of the new Congressional super committee? With the committee set to decide on a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal deficit reduction this fall, lobbyists and corporations are trying to figure out which industries are best connected to the 12 members of the new panel. You can bet that those connections will be pressed to the limit in coming months as companies and sectors scramble to ensure that federal spending they like and tax breaks they depend on aren't slated for elimination. As it looks at the new committee members, Wall Street may like...
  • FACTBOX-Top campaign donors to U.S. super committee members

    08/11/2011 10:52:27 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 081111 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Here is a look at some of the top donors to election campaigns for the 12 members of the U.S. Congress named to a deficit-fighting "super committee." Known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the panel is expected to be the most heavily lobbied body in Washington ahead of its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations on $1.5 trillion in additional budget savings. Unless specified, donations below combine members' campaign committees and leadership PACs (political action committees). Data is from www.opensecrets.org. SENATE DEMOCRATS Patty Murray of Washington state * Software giant Microsoft Corp...
  • McConnell Appoints Kyl, Toomey, Portman, to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

    08/10/2011 9:31:05 AM PDT · by CharlyFord
    Press Release ^ | Aug 10, 2011 | Mitch McConnell
    LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday announced his appointments to the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion more than the cuts already identified in the Budget Control Act. McConnell appointed Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “Chronic joblessness, out-of-control deficits and debt, and an unprecedented credit downgrade represent an historic challenge but also an historic opportunity for lawmakers in Washington to show they can work together on a plan that puts America back on the path to prosperity. All three of these...
  • McConnell Appoints Kyl, Toomey, Portman, to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

    08/10/2011 8:47:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday announced his appointments to the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion more than the cuts already identified in the Budget Control Act. McConnell appointed Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “Chronic joblessness, out-of-control deficits and debt, and an unprecedented credit downgrade represent an historic challenge but also an historic opportunity for lawmakers in Washington to show they can work together on a plan that puts America back on the path to prosperity. All three of these...
  • Juan Williams: The Perfect GOP Ticket In 2012 Would Have Jeb Bush and Rob Portman's Names On It

    06/21/2011 1:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 21, 2011 | Juan Williams
    A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll reported last week that 45 percent of GOP voters are not satisfied with the candidates running for their party’s presidential nomination. While the exact same percentage said they are content with the field, the current split is a long way from the same point in 2008 when 72 percent of Republicans said they were pleased with candidates running for the nomination. The poll comes as the 2012 presidential field is pretty much set. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman formally enter the race Tuesday. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made her entry official at the beginning of...
  • Fox: Rob Portman Wins Ohio Senate seat

    11/02/2010 4:42:40 PM PDT · by jern · 26 replies
    portman wins ohio
  • Fisher turns over last campaign cash to Democratic Party (Ohio US Senate; Republican Win)

    10/27/2010 7:01:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 17 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 27 October 2010 | Darrel Rowland and Jack Torry
    Fisher turns over last campaign cash to Democratic Party Move to pay for party's get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio signals capitulation in Senate race Wednesday, October 27, 2010 07:11 PM By Darrel Rowland and Jack Torry The Columbus Dispatch Although Lee Fisher insists he is soldering on through Election Day, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate essentially drained his campaign treasury today by giving $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party.
  • GOP Up Big in Ohio Senate Race

    10/25/2010 6:59:44 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/24/2010 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Republican Rob Portman has a commanding lead over his Democratic opponent in the Ohio Senate race. Portman, a former Bush Administration official is trouncing current Lt. Governor Lee Fisher. Fisher is tied to unpopular Governor Ted Strickland, who has fecklessly led Ohio during the Great Recession.
  • Obamanomics Paints Ohio Red

    10/14/2010 5:41:04 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-10 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Republicans appear poised for major gains in the Midwest, a region dominated by the president in 2008. Two years ago this week, with a little more than two weeks left in the 2008 presidential contest, Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy in Toledo, Ohio. His advisers touted the speech—on the most important issue of the race, in the state that decided the 2004 presidential contest—as the beginning of his closing argument. One month after the collapse of Lehman Brothers froze the global economy and seized the campaign, Mr. Obama laid out his "emergency rescue plan." "It's a plan...
  • Meg Whitman and the GOP's emerging austerity caucus

    10/02/2010 9:43:07 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 133 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 1, 2010 | David Brooks
    (snip) Whitman is representative of an emerging Republican type — what you might call the austerity caucus. Flamboyant performers like Sarah Palin get all the attention, but the governing soul of the party is to be found in statehouses where a loose confederation of uber-wonks have become militant budget balancers. Just as welfare reformers of the 1990s presaged compassionate conservatism, so the austerity brigades presage the national party's next chapter. Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana who I think is most likely to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, is the spiritual leader. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey...
  • Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties

    09/30/2010 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Ravi · 19 replies
    Plain Dealer ^ | 9/30/10 | marshall
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties have asked for absentee ballots this year -- an ominous sign for the party hoping to repel GOP forces on Election Day. Roughly three out of 10 registered Ohio voters live in Franklin, Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties.
  • Ohio Senate: Portman (R)49% Fisher(D)41%

    09/14/2010 11:28:50 AM PDT · by conservativebuckeye · 9 replies
    Republican Rob Portman now earns his highest level of support to date against Democrat Lee Fisher in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.
  • GOP resurgent(Ohio)

    09/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PDT · by Loyal Buckeye · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 5, 2010 | Darrel Rowland
    Republican candidates have grabbed double-digit leads in the races for governor and the U.S. Senate, and the swelling red tide could lead to a GOP sweep of statewide offices, the first Dispatch Poll of the 2010 campaign shows. With voter enthusiasm running nearly three times higher among Republicans than Democrats, GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich leads by 12 points over Gov. Ted Strickland while GOP Senate hopeful Rob Portman tops Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher by 13 points. "I am enthusiastic about the upcoming election because it will kick out many of the incumbents," said survey participant Aivars Vimba, 70, a...
  • Good News! Rep. Portman leads Fisher in Ohio U.S. Senate race.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters in Ohio's Senate race shows Republican Rob Portman picking up 45 percent support, while his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, earns the vote from 37 percent. Five percent prefer a different candidate, and 13 percent are undecided. In every survey conducted this year, Portman’s support has stayed in the very narrow range of 42 percent to 45 percent of the vote. For Fisher, this survey represents his lowest level of support since regular tracking of the race began in February. Prior to this latest poll, his support had ranged...
  • Portman, Kasich lead in Ohio (Reuters/Ipsos Poll)

    08/11/2010 11:24:04 AM PDT · by zebrahead · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/10/2010 | Reuters
    Ohio Republican Rob Portman holds a narrow lead over Democrat Lee Fisher in a Senate race marked by voter worries about a stumbling economy and high unemployment, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. Portman, director of the Office of Budget and Management and the U.S. Trade Representative under former President George W. Bush, leads Fisher 43 percent to 36 percent among likely voters less than three months before the November 2 election for the open Senate seat. In the race for governor, Republican challenger John Kasich leads incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland by 48 percent to 39 percent among...
  • OH: Dems nervously eye Fisher's troubles in Ohio (Republican Rob Portman outraises opponent 9-to-1)

    07/27/2010 3:33:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/10 | Philip Elliott - ap
    WASHINGTON – Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher faces a daunting 9-to-1 disadvantage in fundraising in his campaign against Republican Rob Portman in Ohio and has endured unexpected staff turnover, developments that have spread concern among national party leaders about his ability to remain competitive in the race. Fisher, the state's lieutenant governor, recently hired his third campaign manager while his campaign spokesman and researcher quit. Sluggish fundraising has left him badly trailing Portman, a veteran of President George W. Bush's White House and Cabinet. The Republican reported almost $8.9 million in his campaign account at the end of June; Fisher...
  • GOP moderation hobbles Portman's Ohio run (Palin endorsement)

    05/11/2010 10:25:12 PM PDT · by FTJM · 293 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2010 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Despite a favorable electoral climate for Republicans and former Rep. Rob Portman's huge funding advantage over his Democratic opponent in the contest for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat, polls show the race in a dead heat. Conservatives and "tea party" activists say Mr. Portman's record as a moderate Republican has failed to fire up not only core GOP voters but also what may prove just as important to victory - the "tea party" movement. Complicating the picture is the failure of that movement to meet expectations in some of the May 4 Ohio GOP primary elections. Mr. Portman's resume, though extensive,...