COLUMBUS, OH -- To mark today’s anniversary of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) becoming law, Ted Strickland issued the following statement and the Strickland for Senate Campaign is releasing a new ad in its web video series -- “Rob Portman: The Least Known Man In Ohio” -- this time focusing on Portman’s unabashed support for job-killing trade deals.
“Today is another reminder that Senator Portman’s unabashed support for unfair trade deals has devastated our economy, hurt our working families and cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like Mexico,” said Ted Strickland. “Years after Portman proudly bragged that he served as the ‘quarterback’ to ram this damaging trade deal through Congress, Ohioans in every corner of our state are feeling the consequences of his actions – thousands of working people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, entire industries have been damaged and whole communities have been shuttered. The difference between Senator Portman and myself on this issue couldn’t be more clear: I was proud to vote against CAFTA, Permanent Most Favored Nation Status for China and other terrible trade deals that Portman supported, and in the Senate I’ll continue to fight back against these unfair trade policies in order to protect Ohio’s working people and American jobs.”
The spots are a play on the popular Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In the World” commercials and highlight Senator Portman’s chronic lack of name of familiarity with Ohio voters -- the result of Portman spending decades in Washington looking out for the wealthy and well-connected special interests he serves at Ohio’s expense. The first video in the series is available here and the second here.