Strickland Campaign Launches 1st Digital Ad: “Beltway Rob”

COLUMBUS, OH — Today the Ted Strickland for Senate campaign is launching its first digital ad of the general election: “Beltway Rob.”

The spot highlights Senator Rob Portman’s central identity as the ‘ultimate Washington insider’ who is looking out for the world of wealth, power and privilege that he’s part of at the expense of hardworking Ohioans. The ad details Portman’s record as a ‘dedicated outsourcer’ of American jobs, his votes hurting seniors, students and working families, and how Portman is prioritizing the agenda of the Washington power brokers and wealthy special interests he serves at the expense of Ohio’s working people.

This campaign is the beginning of an ongoing, six-figure digital paid media effort that will feature a mix of search, social, display and digital pre-roll advertising.  On Wednesday, the Ohio Democratic Party also launched a new website,, where voters can learn and share the facts about Portman’s record as an insider and an outsourcer who puts D.C. first and Ohio last.  


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Announcer: Wealth. Power. Privilege. Some people are born into the club.

It’s the Rob Portman story. Old money and exclusive schools.

Over 30 years ago Portman went to Washington to join a politically connected lobbying firm. And he’s been working for the rich and powerful ever since.

A ‘Dedicated Outsourcer,’ he’s been one of the nation’s biggest cheerleader for trade agreements that have cost millions of American jobs.

From NAFTA, to CAFTA, to fast tracking the TPP, Portman's 'never met a free trade agreement he didn’t like.’

For years he’s been a pushover for China. It was his job to stop China’s illegal dumping of steel. He failed. Looked the other way. Did nothing. And Ohio paid the price.

Instead, Portman rewarded China with Permanent Most Favored Nation Status.  

In Congress, he voted for a plan that eliminated overtime pay for 6 million American workers. And supported raising the retirement age for Social Security.

As Budget Director, he proposed cutting Medicare. In the Senate he voted to cut Pell Grants and opposed the automobile rescue, calling it a ‘lousy deal’ for Ohio.

He’s done so much to protect the Big Banks and Wall Street CEOs, one lobbyist said 'Portman’s face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the financial services industry.'

And when the Republican leadership said they wouldn’t even hold hearings for a Supreme Court nominee, Rob Portman fell in line and did what he was told.

Because falling in line is what you do when you’ve spent your whole life as a member of the club.

Rob Portman: the ultimate Washington insider.

This November, let’s break up the club.


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