PORTMAN FLIPS AGAIN: Says His Position On Gun Sales To Terrorists “Unchanged”

Portman still opposes stopping terrorists from buying weapons

COLUMBUS, OH -- It’s been less than 24 hours since Senator Portman’s disastrous press conference call where he faced a barrage of questions about his vote against stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns and “seemed confused” about his position, but now Portman has flipped again -- telling the New York Times today that his position is “unchanged” and that he still opposes banning terrorists from buying guns.

From the New York Times’s David Herszenhorn:

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In case your head is spinning from Portman’s D.C. double-talk, here’s a quick recap:

  • In 2015 “Portman opposed an amendment introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would allow the U.S. Attorney General to block the sale or transfer of a gun or explosive to a suspected or known terrorist.”

  • Yesterday Portman claimed he had changed his position, but “seemed confused” and by the end of the call he was already backtracking -- refusing to say if he would vote to stop stop terrorists from buying guns in the Senate.

  • Today, Portman has flipped back again, stating that his opposition to blocking terrorists from buying weapons is “unchanged.”

From David Bergstein, Strickland Campaign Spokesman: “Just like the ultimate Washington insider that he is, Senator Portman can’t keep his story straight. The truth is that Portman has no excuse for his vote against banning terrorists from buying weapons -- and his hypocrisy and D.C. double-talk represents exactly what Ohioans hate about Washington.”  

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