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  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • The GOP is scared of you?

    04/25/2015 12:29:19 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 38 replies
    www.glennbeck.com ^ | Apr 24. 2015 | Shannon
    This morning on radio, Glenn gave some hints from an important phone call he received before going on the air. While Glenn was unable to release any of the details about who called or exactly what it was about, he did share a snippet of content concerning the GOP. Courtesy of Glenn, we do know that there were big names involved and Glenn was encouraged by who it came from.Glenn did provide some of the message from the mystery caller, sayingJust please tell Glenn to continue to put the heat on. Because the party is split. And half of...
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right: Democrats have been losing ground in Midwest

    04/01/2015 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the MidwestWisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohioalong with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant...
  • Senate passes energy measure by voice vote after budget marathon

    03/28/2015 3:43:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    After the Senate gave approval to its budget plan early Friday morning, Sens. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, got a version of their energy efficiency legislation passed by voice vote. The measure, passed when only Mr. Portman and Ms. Shaheen were on the floor, includes provisions exempting certain water heaters from pending Department of Energy regulations, and requires federal agencies to develop an implementation strategy for employing more energy-efficient technology, among other items. Mr. Portman said the bill has garnered widespread support and is part of an energy plan for the country that can help...
  • GOP amendment would let the states opt out of EPA (coal power plant) climate rule

    03/24/2015 11:58:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/24/2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Republicans are proposing a budget amendment that would let states opt out of the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) controversial climate rule for power plants.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed the amendment Tuesday on behalf of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is up for reelection in 2016. ADVERTISEMENT Under the amendment, a states governor or legislature would be able to opt out of the rules requirements for a variety of reasons.In order to be exempt from the rule, a governor or legislature would have to cite one of the following reasons: that the rule would hurt low-income or fixed-income...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehrans nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system, the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices which you should seriously...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nations top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential racewith, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    Its a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the cromnibus late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators a dangerously high number for McConnell or as few as a handful. Lets break down the three votes on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruzs point of order aimed at targeting the presidents immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Rob Portman wont run for president in 2016

    12/02/2014 5:09:09 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Mitt Romney ally in 2012 who was exploring his own bid for president in 2016, has opted against a White House bid and will instead seek another Senate term, sources confirmed to POLITICO. Portman began calling allies Monday to let them know he didnt plan to run nationally, sources familiar with the calls said.
  • Rob Portman Looks At Presidential Run

    11/08/2014 6:33:23 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | November 7, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Rob Portman is continuing to weigh a presidential run even as he leans toward running for reelection, he said in an interview on Friday afternoon. The Ohio Republican senator doesnt have a precise timeline for his decision, but with his partys triumph on Tuesday behind him he said hes finally got some time to think about whether to seek the presidency or commit 100 percent to running for reelection in the swing state of Ohio in 2016. Hes currently planning to run for reelection but declined to rule out a run at the White House. I am going to take...
  • [Rob] Portman Predicts: I Think We Begin to Move Legislation Right Away

    11/04/2014 7:17:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 4, 2014 - 8:27 AM
    If Republicans take control of the Senate and hold the House in Tuesdays midterm election, theyll get busy passing bills, says Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). First upvery popular legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline, Portman told Fox News Greta Van Susteren on Monday evening. He called it probably the biggest infrastructure project in America next year, one that would create 20,000 to 40,000 new jobs. Jobs, lower gas prices, energy independencewhats wrong with that? he asked. Lets just do it. Portman said Republican attempts to do anything significant on Obamacare probably would meet with a presidential veto, but there...
  • 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 months elections. But they don't just have 2014 in their sights theyre 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, Californias 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 wont run, and some have adamantly claimed that theyre 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 Obamas reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. What weve 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 Obamas 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....
  • Bloombergs 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 elses 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 Bloombergs overreaches have been repelled. The courts struck down Bloombergs ban on large sodas. Notable Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, from Bloombergs 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 partys nominee...
  • Why did Ron Paul's group single out Marco Rubio for voting against Rand Pauls 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 Pauls 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 Pauls son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The younger Pauls 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. Im sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, The Republican Partys going to change. This is the future. Obviously, that didnt happen, Santorum told the Register. I think youre going to see the same stories written now, and its...
  • 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 Signorilelast mentioned here when he told a pro-Romney caller to his show to buy arsenic and drink itis 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 Portmans 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. Wouldnt 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. Portmans 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 heas a conservative aware of the social necessity for marriage between a man and a womancould not condone Portmans 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 Portmans 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 Portmans 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: Ive 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 raisesincluding his ownsaying 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 Denvers 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 habitu 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 Rivers strong currents were a refreshing diversion from Ivy League academia. The rivers rapids were also a training course. By 1977, Portmans 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 its 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 Portmans young crew, Now you can say you interned for Vice President Portman. Portman is said to be on Mitt Romneys shortlist of potential running mates.
  • Rob Portman: Romneys 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 insiders 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 Republicans smooth, steady run as a veep favorite isnt 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 Ohios March primary, the freshman senator has been a quiet but key Romney surrogate. On the trail, hes a frequent presence at Romneys side, and hes 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 couldnt believe my ears when I heard Mitt Romney repudiate a Super PAC message that hadnt 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. Weve 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 McCains 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 weekends 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. Hes 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. Portmans 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 ONeill, suggested that the second best pick for Romney would be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. I think hes 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.