Ahead of Senate Debate, Strickland Campaign Releases Digital Ad: ‘Rob’s Bad Trade Deals’

COLUMBUS, OH -- Ahead of today’s Senate debate in Youngstown, the Ted Strickland for Senate campaign is releasing a new digital advertisement: “Rob’s Bad Trade Deals.”

The spot features  testimonials from Ohio workers highlighting how Senator Portman’s decades-long, unabashed record of championing unfair trade deals has devastated Ohio’s economy and hurt working families.

Rob’s Bad Trade Deals

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On trade, the Columbus Dispatch wrote that “the voting records of Strickland and Portman are polar opposites.” And during this campaign: the Columbus Dispatch highlighted video footage of Senator Portman describing himself as the “quarterback” for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA); ABC Columbus revealed video footage of Senator Portman stating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “represents hope, opportunity and economic growth and we need it;” and the Youngstown Vindicator reported that Senator Portman failed to read the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement before voting to fast track it. 

Portman has also been called a “Dedicated Outsourcer;” supported eight unfair trade deals; voted to grant China Permanent Most Favored Nation Status; refused to crack down on unfair Chinese steel imports as United States Trade Representative; and called efforts to stop Chinese currency manipulation “counter-productive.”

The ad will reach targeted voters in Ohio as part of the Strickland campaign’s ongoing six-figure paid online media campaign which features a mix of search, social and digital pre-roll advertising.   

TRANSCRIPT:

WORKER #1: Well, due to bad trade agreements, after 27 years I’m losing my job. That company had been in my town since 1878.

WORKER #2: Rob Portman has been for NAFTA, for CAFTA, for all these bad trade deals that are killing the middle class now, killing manufacturing jobs.

WORKER #3: Rob Portman works for China. He’s the best senator China ever had. He’s the best senator Wall Street ever had. Ted Strickland will be the best Senator I ever had.

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