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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...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Kasich, Portman to get spotlight at Cleveland GOP convention (Its RINO time!)

    07/14/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 37 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 7/14/2014 | Jack Torry & Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — Regardless of whether Sen. Rob Portman or Gov. John Kasich runs for president in 2016, the Republican convention in Cleveland will give both a chance to enhance their national profile as they try to highlight what they believe is their pragmatic brand of conservatism. At a time when Republicans are hoping to temper the image of a party in the grips of social conservatives and tea party activists, analysts say Portman and Kasich can help Republicans present Americans with a more soothing alternative to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Portman can emphasize his...
  • GOP Senators Push for Tougher Response to Putin

    04/30/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/30/14 | KRISTINA PETERSON
    Frustrated with President Barack Obama’s reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. “What we’ve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. The White House has been dealing “with the situation after something bad has already occurred,” he said. Earlier this week, violence flared up in another area of Ukraine that hugs the Russian border, as the new government in Kiev criticized local police...
  • Top Ohio Republicans face down intraparty critics

    12/28/2013 8:54:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 11:36 AM EST | Julie Carr Smyth and Dan Sewell
    Conservative restlessness within their own party poses challenges to three Republican stars in the battleground state of Ohio, where House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich all have riled up the right. Kasich upset some by pushing for certain tax increases and embracing Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul; Boehner is clashing with conservative groups over the federal budget; and Portman faces backlash from social conservatives over his about-face in favor of gay marriage. …
  • Senator Rob Portman: How Obamacare continues to hurt Ohioans

    12/07/2013 9:54:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Delphos Herald ^ | December 7, 2013 | Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
    During my time in the Senate, I have used this space to speak to the people of Ohio about the issues that our state and our nation are facing, and how we are working to address those problems in Washington. But this week, I want to let the people of Ohio speak for themselves. Last month, I invited Ohioans to contact me and share their experiences with Obamacare and explain how this law is impacting their lives. These are their stories. Susan from Batavia I am a single mother. I pay for my own health insurance. I am active and...
  • 10 Republicans vote yes as transgender ENDA bill passes U.S. Senate

    11/08/2013 2:47:18 PM PST · by NYer · 105 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 8, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    John McCain voted yea WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This afternoon the Senate approved a bill that could force business owners who adhere to traditional values to hire homosexuals, bisexuals, and those who do not dress in accordance with their biological sex or face litigation. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed following a bipartisan 64-32 vote. Supporters say it would forbid “workplace discrimination” against homosexuals and transgender employees and job-seekers. But critics say, like the HHS mandate, its religious exemption is unduly narrow and would force employers – including Christian schools and nurseries – to violate their consciences....
  • Bloomberg’s Puppets

    10/03/2013 4:03:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    By now, you really would have thought Michael Bloomberg would have learned his lesson. The out-of-touch New York City mayor has lately made it his business to be in everyone else’s business – whether that means trying to decide for New York residents what they are allowed to eat or drink, or trying to tell people from other states what to think of their elected officials. More often than not, however, Mayor Bloomberg’s overreaches have been repelled. The courts struck down Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas. Notable Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, from Bloomberg’s home state, is on the record as...
  • Marco Rubio Sinking in New Hampshire 2016 Poll

    09/07/2013 5:21:58 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 39 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 9/7/13 | Kevin Derby
    Marco Rubio Sinking in New Hampshire 2016 Poll BY: KEVIN DERBY | Posted: August 7, 2013 8:59 AM The latest Granite State poll by WMUR and the University of New Hampshire was released late on Tuesday and it shows U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sinking in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary. Rubio is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. In recent months. Rubio has drawn fire from conservatives for his prominent role in supporting immigration reform. The poll finds New Hampshire Republicans divided on who they want to see as their party’s nominee...
  • Why did Ron Paul's group single out Marco Rubio for voting against Rand Paul’s aid bill?

    07/31/2013 5:06:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Jul 2013 | Chris Moody,
    The libertarian advocacy group that grew out of Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign slammed Sen. Marco Rubio Wednesday after the Florida Republican voted against a bill to freeze aid to Egypt that had been introduced by Paul’s son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The younger Paul’s bill, which would have halted $1.5 billion in annual aid given to Egypt, failed Wednesday by a lopsided of 86-13 vote. The Ron Paul-inspired group, Campaign for Liberty, released a statement to its national press list after the vote, singling out Rubio and calling his decision “disgraceful.” “Senator Rubio today stood with President Obama and...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 May 2013

    05/19/2013 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 19th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pfeiffer, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pfeiffer, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt.THIS WEEK (ABC): Pfeiffer; Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand...
  • Rick Santorum: ‘Suicidal’ to change GOP

    04/10/2013 6:35:29 PM PDT · by yongin · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | April 9, 2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Rick Santorum says it would be “suicidal” for the Republican Party to support same-sex marriage. In an interview with The Des Moines Register on Monday, Santorum said that Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) backing same-sex marriage is similar to the Republicans in the 1960s and 1970s who broke with the GOP and supported abortion. “I’m sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, ‘The Republican Party’s going to change. This is the future.’ Obviously, that didn’t happen,” Santorum told the Register. “I think you’re going to see the same stories written now, and it’s...
  • Gay Radio Host: Gay Son Must Reject Conservative Dad

    04/07/2013 12:48:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 06, 2013 | 07:53 | Tim Graham
    On The Huffington Post, gay radio host Michelangelo Signorile—last mentioned here when he told a pro-Romney caller to his show to buy arsenic and drink it—is angry at the son of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). Salmon must either cave and support the LGBT agenda, or the son must reject his father for being “selfish” and remaining conservative. All parents should “reconcile their faith” with the LGBT agenda, or be cut off:Fortunately, my own parents, like millions across the country and around the world, including, most recently, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), came around after their initial shock and reconciled their support...
  • 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...
  • Conservatives to Portman: Gay ‘Marriage’ Harmful to the People Involved and Society

    03/22/2013 1:26:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 21, 2013 | Michael James
    Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced in a Mar. 15 commentary that he had switched his position on “gay marriage” because one of his sons had disclosed he was homosexual, a reversal of views that some conservative leaders criticized as harmful to the people directly involved and to society overall. … Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement that he applauded Portman for loving his son no matter what the circumstances but that he—as a conservative aware of the social necessity for marriage between a man and a woman—could not condone Portman’s view about “gay marriage.” … Peter...
  • If Your Child Is Gay? (In Sen. Rob Portman's case, should compassion trump conviction?)

    03/19/2013 7:23:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 03/19/2013 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced that he had reversed his position on same-sex marriage. The reason was that his son had come out to the senator and his wife as gay. This is not the first such instance. Periodically, we hear about Republican politicians whose child has announced that he or she is gay, prompting the parent to change his mind about the man-woman definition of marriage. As a parent, I understand these parents. We love our children, and we want them to love us. Nevertheless, I differ with their decisions to support the redefinition of marriage....
  • Mika Imagines Portman's Same-Sex Marriage Support Cost Him Romney VP Pick

    03/19/2013 7:06:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Rob Portman's support of same-sex marriage cost him selection as Mitt Romney's running mate? Mika Brzezinski imagines so. Brzezinski made that suggestion on today's Morning Joe, but Joe Scarborough sarcastically said that the reason Romney didn't pick Portman was that he didn't want to win Ohio. View the video here.
  • Even If Your Child Is Gay...

    03/19/2013 6:18:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 141 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2013 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced that he had reversed his position on same-sex marriage. The reason was that his son had come out to him and his wife as gay. This is not the first such instance. Periodically, we hear about Republican politicians whose child announces that he or she is gay, prompting the parent to change his mind about the man-woman definition of marriage. As a parent, I understand these parents. We love our children, and we want them to love us. Nevertheless I differ with their decisions to support the redefinition of marriage. In...
  • 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...
  • The Real Problem With Rob Portman's Flip Flop On Marriage

    03/15/2013 4:18:22 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-15-13 | The Looking Spoon
    As Senator Rob Portman has demonstrated, people are entitled to their opinions as much as they are entitled to change their mind. While I remain someone who supports traditional marriage I too have recognized that the momentum away from it is unstoppable (and at our own peril). It's why I don't spend a lot of time and brain damage on it. Of the moral decay plaguing America and the world this one issue is impossible to sway people on because those who don't believe there are inherent differences in gender that impact the raising of a child will simply not...
  • Rob Portman, Gay Marriage, and Selfishness

    03/15/2013 2:45:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/16/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    Rob Portman’s dual revelations that his son is gay and that he has decided to support gay marriage are both a touching story of familial love and another signpost in the astonishingly rapid success of the gay-rights revolution. Just over eight years ago, when Republicans gleefully seized on the gay-marriage issue to mobilize their base in Portman’s own state, it was inconceivable that a statewide Democrat would endorse gay marriage, let alone a Republican. The triumph of the issue relies upon the changing of minds — some thanks to force of argument, others to personal contact with gay friends, colleagues,...
  • Sen. Rob Portman: I’ve changed my mind and support gay marriage now

    03/15/2013 10:54:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2013 | AllahPundit
    Interesting for many reasons. Timing: He's dropping this during CPAC, when political media is focused on competing factions within conservative thought, and shortly before the Supreme Court takes up a landmark case on Prop 8 and DOMA. Enthusiasm: He didn't casually mention this during a standard Q&A with a reporter. He called three Ohio journalists to his office for the announcement, granted CNN an on-camera interview, and published an op-ed in today's Columbus Dispatch. He’s really throwing some weight behind it. Prominence: Portman was, of course, a shortlister for VP and is the lone GOP senator from America's ultimate swing...
  • 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 Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay Raises

    01/01/2013 1:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 31 Dec 2012 06:26 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Monday called on President Barack Obama to rescind government pay raises—including his own—saying they are out of line at a time the country is struggling to get its debt under control. … Under the executive order issued on Thursday, most members of Congress would receive a $900 annual raise, pushing their salary to $174,900. House Speaker John Boehner and the leaders of each party in each house would gain $1,100 a year. Vice President, Biden would get the biggest bump, with an increase of more than $6,000 to $231,900. …
  • BOOM! Sen. Portman: We Need to Find Out If Obama Ever Issued the Order to Secure Benghazi Consulate

    10/28/2012 8:41:57 AM PDT · by Qbert · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 28, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday Barack Obama told Denver’s WUSA TV that on 9-11 he gave the directives to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to” to ensure their safety in Benghazi. Late on Friday former Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West told FOX News that if the directive was made to secure our personnel there would be a paper trail. Today Ohio Senator Rob Portman told the FOX News Sunday that we need to find out if this order was ever issued. There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first...
  • Portman: Iran story looks like “another national security leak from the White House”

    10/21/2012 1:13:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    It was only a few months back that there was plenty of hearty suspicion going around concerning the White House’s involvement in a specific string of high-profile national-security leaks to the media, and on MSNBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman suggested something of the same vein in regards to yesterday’s report on possible negotiations between Iran and the United States, via the NJ: Portman, R-Ohio, said that the fact both countries are denying the story makes it look like another inappropriate leak from the administration rather than a diplomatic breakthrough.It looks like “another national security leak...
  • 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...
  • McCain tells interns it’s ‘Vice President Portman’

    06/26/2012 8:09:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2012 | Judy Kurtz
    OVERHEARD: Sen. John McCain (R) adding some fuel to the fire of constant veepstakes buzz surrounding one of his colleagues. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was giving a group of interns a tour of the Capitol on Thursday when McCain breezed by. The senior senator from Arizona quipped to Portman’s young crew, “Now you can say you interned for Vice President Portman.” Portman is said to be on Mitt Romney’s shortlist of potential running mates.
  • Rob Portman: Romney’s Quiet Man (Why he heads the Veep list)

    06/21/2012 4:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/21/2012 | Robert Costa
    Sitting atop every insider’s shortlist is one name: Senator Rob Portman. Of course, this is hardly news. For the past year, Portman has been mentioned as a leading vice-presidential contender. But the Ohio Republican’s smooth, steady run as a veep favorite isn’t happenstance, or merely a by-product of his swing-state roots. Portman has earned the interest. Ever since Portman endorsed Mitt Romney in January, ahead of Ohio’s March primary, the freshman senator has been a quiet but key Romney surrogate. On the trail, he’s a frequent presence at Romney’s side, and he’s traveled to North Carolina and Pennsylvania to stump....
  • Thirty GOP senators to raise cash for Ohio's Josh Mandel

    06/13/2012 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    More than 30 Republican senators — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — will host a fundraiser in Washington on Monday for Josh Mandel, Ohio's state treasurer and the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Ohio's other senator, Republican Rob Portman, will headline the reception, which is being held at the headquarters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is also expected to attend, as are Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mike Lee (Utah). Tickets to attend start at $500 and go up to...
  • Hey, Romney, Get Some…

    05/22/2012 6:05:41 AM PDT · by Atlanticist.us · 11 replies
    skipmaclure.us ^ | May 22 2012 | Skip MacLure
    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Mitt Romney ‘repudiate’ a Super PAC message that hadn’t even been produced yet. It was a jolt of deja vu, harkening back to the bleak political tapestry created by the entrenched Republican beltway establishment. We’ve seen this entire story played out time after time, where the supposed champions of constitutional governance have been rolled over by the DeMarxists, simply because the agents of freedom have utterly failed to stand for the very principles they espouse. John McCain’s candidacy was a joke to anyone who followed politics closely. What I saw in John...
  • Congressional Insiders Agree: Pick Rob Portman (For VP)

    05/11/2012 8:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 05/11/2012 | By Shane Goldmacher and Peter Bell
    As Mitt Romney mulls who to pick as vice president, members of Congress in both parties agree that among their colleagues there is no better pick than Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. More than half of Democrats and exactly half of Republicans surveyed in National Journal's Congressional Insiders Poll said that Portman, a first term Republican, would make the best pick, among current members of Congress. Which type of politician would make the best choice for Mitt Romney to tap as vice president?   Democrats (19 votes) Republicans (23 votes) Member of Congress 37% 26% Governor 16% 39% Former officeholder...
  • Republican Insiders Have A Favorite For Veep: Senator Rob Portman

    04/22/2012 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | April 21, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer in the fall, and already consensus is building behind one potential vice presidential nominee — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. In an informal survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at this weekend’s State Chairman meeting at a resort here, two-thirds said they believe Portman is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney. The committee members spoke to BuzzFeed only on the condition of anonymity. “He’s from Ohio, and we need to win...
  • Insiders Poll: Enthusiasm Wanes for Rubio as VP Pick; Rob Portman Rising

    04/06/2012 8:01:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Journal ^ | 04/06/2012 | Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
    Political Insiders in both parties have noticeably cooled on the vice presidential prospects of Marco Rubio. Democratic and Republican strategists alike said Republican senator from Florida was the strongest GOP option for vice president in this week's National Journal Insiders Poll, but he carried only slim pluralities among both groups. That's a significant drop-off from the same survey taken in October, when 60 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats and considered him the party's best possible running mate. Now, just 34 percent of GOP insiders and 28 percent of Democrats say Rubio is the party's best hope...
  • Chris Matthews predicts Romney-Portman

    03/21/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wed, 2012-03-21 | Paul Bedard
    Talk of a Mitt Romney-Rob Portman GOP presidential ticket, a leading pick among Republican insiders, picked up a flashy endorsement Wednesday from long-time political pundit and MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews. “Portman’s probably the best bet,” Matthews told the American Bankers Association convention of the Ohio senator. The former Carter speechwriter and top aide to legendary House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, suggested that the second best pick for Romney would be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “I think he’s looking at Virginia and Ohio” as states Romney must carry to beat President Obama, added Matthews. It's an assessment GOP officials...
  • Portman will endorse Romney “probably pretty soon” (Ohio Sen. Rob Portman)

    01/16/2012 7:00:14 AM PST · by TSgt · 20 replies
    Cincinnati.com ^ | 01/16/12 at 8:52am | H. Wilkinson
    Link only per FR copyright rules: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/16/portman-will-endorse-romney-probably-pretty-soon/
  • Morning Joe: Portman Predicted As Romney VP Pick

    12/30/2011 5:23:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With not one Republican primary vote cast yet, we're getting way ahead of ourselves by speculating about whom Mitt Romney might pick as his vice-presidential running mate. But Willie Geist did invite Politico's Mike Allen to make his "bold predictions" for 2012. And Allen delivered, prognosticating that Romney would pick Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman as his ticket-mate. Mark Halperin strongly seconded Allen's assertion. View the video here.
  • 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...
  • No tea parties on McCain's calendar (BIG RINO ALERT)

    09/18/2010 7:53:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-09-18 | David Broder
    As Republican leaders assess a Tea Party movement that has both energized and polarized their ranks, John McCain takes a generally benign view of the political landscape -- but clearly comes down on the side of the traditional establishment rather than with the young rebels. (snip) ...he said, "I hope I'll have the opportunity to spend some time helping and mentoring the next generation of Republicans who are ready to move in here."(snip) It was only when McCain began describing his plans for the coming campaign and his hopes for the Senate that it became clear where his influence will...
  • Portman: “Cap and Trade” Could Tax Us for Turning on Lights, Using Computer, Cooking Dinner – Video

    07/06/2010 7:05:22 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 6, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of a new Rob Portman ad in Ohio that slams the “Cap and Trade” legislation being pushed in Washington right now by Obama and the Democrats. Portman says the legislation would amount to an “energy tax,” and that it would be a “job-killer.” Portman said the legislation could tax us for “turning on a light, using our computer, or even cooking dinner.” Republicans need to keep making a huge issue of what “Cap and Trade” would do to America. Stopping this from ever becoming law is enough reason to vote for Republicans this Fall.
  • Republican committee releases Internet ad featuring shirtless Lee Fisher that goes below the belt

    05/05/2010 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 11 replies · 812+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 5. 2010 | MARK NAYMIK
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee succeeded in winning attention for its candidate Rob Portman today by busting through the clutter of Internet ads that rarely deserve notice. It did so by blaming Portman's Democratic opponent, Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, for the state's job losses and high unemployment rate. Like Portman, the ad mocks Fisher, who headed the state's development department before entering the U.S. Senate race, as Ohio's "job czar." But that message is totally secondary to the visuals. The ad manipulates an image of a sleepy and shirtless Fisher – seated in his home office with one arm...
  • Self-Funder Ganley Begins Airing TV Ads in Ohio

    11/12/2009 3:20:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 456+ views
    Roll Call ^ | November 11, 2009 | Greg Giroux
    Cleveland automobile dealer Tom Ganley (R) is airing a statewide television ad to introduce himself to the primary voters who will decide whether he or former Rep. Rob Portman should be the party’s nominee in a key open-seat Senate race next year. The 60-second ad touts Ganley’s business background and takes an anti-Washington tone, with a narrator saying that Ganley’s 47-year career of creating jobs and balancing budgets amounts to “hard work the Washington politicians don’t understand.” Ganley speaks only at the end of the ad, in a required disclaimer approving the commercial. “To help create jobs for Ohio, Tom...
  • (Rob) Portman running to succeed Voinovich (Ohio Senate 2010)

    01/12/2009 1:01:07 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 32 replies · 1,772+ views
    Politico ^ | January 12, 2009 | Josh Kraushaar
    Former Republican congressman Rob Portman will announce that he is running for the Senate soon after Ohio Sen. George Voinovich’s retirement announcement, according to multiple Republican sources. Portman's official announcement is expected to take place on Wednesday. Portman would give Senate Republicans an accomplished candidate who is likely to clear the primary field. “He’s great on both policy and politics, and you don’t often find that combination,” said Hamilton County Republican party chairman Alex Triantafilou. “His experience in government, his experience in Washington and his understanding of Ohio would make him a tremendous force in the Senate.” Portman would likely...
  • McCain planning big rally in Ohio day after Dem convention (Will announce his VP)

    08/18/2008 2:19:41 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 79 replies · 209+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 8/18/08
    (CNN) — John McCain will hold a large rally in Ohio and possibly two other battleground states August 29 — the day after Barack Obama formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and the same day the Arizona senator is expected to name his running mate, Republican and McCain campaign sources tell CNN's John King. The McCain campaign is hoping to have 15,000 people at the Ohio rally — roughly 5 times the size of McCain's largest crowd to-date. Two other rallies are also in the works for that day, likely in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Campaign sources say the events are...
  • Potential VP candidate (Rob Portman) rallies Hamilton County GOP

    08/17/2008 6:31:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 150+ views
    The Noblesville Daily Times ^ | 14 August 2008 | William Fouts
    Predicting a close election in November, former Bush Administration official and Ohio congressman Rob Portman called on Hoosiers to back Republican presidential candidate John McCain at rally Tuesday evening in Fishers. “He’s an authentic American hero and a common sense conservative,” Portman told the partisan crowd. Portman is on McCain’s short list of potential vice presidential running mates. A six-term congressman, he also served as the United States Trade Representative and most recently as President Bush’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a post previously held by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
  • Rasmussen: Ohio Presidential Election

    04/11/2008 5:27:38 PM PDT · by Norman Bates · 33 replies · 40+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 4/10/08 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Ohio shows John McCain leading Barack Obama 47% to 40%. He also leads Hillary Clinton 47% to 42%. Last month, McCain led both Democrats by six percentage points. Former Ohio Congressman Rob Portman has been mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for John McCain. Eleven percent (11%) of the state’s voters say they’d be more likely to support the ticket with Portman on it while 19% hold the opposite view. Republicans are evenly divided. Among unaffiliated voters, 6% would be more likely to vote for McCain with Portman on the ticket and...
  • McCain Veepstakes: Portman Potential

    04/10/2008 12:23:40 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 21 replies · 53+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 04/10/2008 | John Gizzi
    McCain Veepstakes: Portman Potential by John Gizzi Just before my interview with possible McCain running mate Rob Portman, former Office of Management and Budget and onetime Ohio congressman, I was at lunch with another Buckeye State Republican -- Rep. John Boehner. Boehner described his profile for an ideal running mate for John McCain. “Has to be younger than McCain,” Boehner said, amid chuckles, “a solid conservative, and someone people could see as President.” Taking it a step further, the top House Republican said that since the two major party nominees will both be U.S. Senators, it was less likely McCain...
  • Portman praises McCain, but deflects talk of interest in vice presidential slot

    02/12/2008 3:53:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 100+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2008 | Walter Alarkon
    More than one Beltway pundit has pegged Rob Portman as a potential vice presidential pick for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). It’s not hard to see why: Portman, 52, is relatively young, has served in the House and in both Bush administrations and hails from Ohio, the mother of all swing states. Portman deflected questions about his name being floated as a potential running mate for McCain. He didn’t take himself out of contention, but instead shifted the conversation to talk about his interest in running for Ohio governor or a U.S. Senate seat.
  • Former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) says higher office still a possibility

    11/10/2007 4:03:20 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 104+ views
    WTOL-TV Channel 11 ^ | November 9, 2007
    Former Ohio Congressman Rob Portman says he's not giving up on running for higher office. Portman is joining the Cincinnati law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. But he tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the firm says he's free to continue traveling Ohio and laying the groundwork for a possible run for Ohio governor in 2010. Portman has started his own political action committee to finance his political trips around the state. He says other options include running against Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown in 2012.