“Portman Is Hit By A Wave Of Bad Press On Guns”

Senator Portman’s campaign has been engulfed by a “wave of bad press” this week, as he struggled, flailed and failed to explain his vote opposing a ban on terrorists buying guns.

Portman’s confusing, contradictory statements and rapid flip-flops have only reinforced the central case against him: Portman is the ultimate Washington insider, a consummate practitioner of D.C. double-speak, and he has no good explanation for his record of pushing the agenda of the D.C. power brokers and the wealthy special interests he serves at Ohio’s expense.  

See for yourself:

Cleveland.com: “Portman made a bit of a mess this week.

  • “Gun shy? Portman made a bit of a mess this week in signaling his openness to a law that would ban those on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms. 

  • “In a conference call Tuesday with reporters, ‘he seemed confused’ about a gun control measure he refused to support last year, USA Today's Deirdre Shesgreen writes.”

  • On Wednesday, Portman's office ‘seemed to add to the confusion by telling a New York Times reporter that his position was unchanged from 2015 and that he would oppose the Feinstein amendment. Less than 24 earlier, Portman had refused to give a direct answer to the question of whether he would support the Feinstein bill.’"

Politico Reporter Maggie Severns: “Portman Is Hit By A Wave Of Bad Press On Guns.

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Politico Pro: “Combined With His Other Comments On The Feinstein Amendment, Portman’s Position Came Off As Unclear At Best And Flip-Flopping At Worst.” 

Ohio Public Radio Headline: “Portman's "Clarification" On Gun Ban Stance Fails To Clear Up Confusion.

  • "His explanation seemed to cause even more confusion.  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.”

  • “Portman mischaracterized Feinstein’s bill”

USA Today Headline: "Portman struggles to explain position on banning suspected terrorists from buying guns."

  • “Asked if that was a reversal from his 2015 stance, Portman said no—and then he seemed confused about what the 2015 provision did and didn’t do amid further questions from reporters.”

  • “After reporters pointed out that Feinstein’s bill applied to a broader segment of suspected terrorists, Portman paused and conferred with his staff. ‘I stand corrected if you guys are right about that,’ he said.”

  • On Wednesday, his office seemed to add to the confusion by telling a New York Times reporter that his position was unchanged from 2015 and that he would oppose the Feinstein amendment.”

  • “Less than 24 earlier, Portman had refused to give a direct answer” 

MSNBC: Portman "backtracked" on terrorist gun ban, supports "watered down version."

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You can read Ted Strickland’s Medium Post calling to ban suspected terrorists from buying weapons here, more negative press coverage from Portman’s week here, and statements from the Strickland Campaign and the Ohio Democratic Party calling Portman out here, here and here.  

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