COLUMBUS, OH — Today, the Ted Strickland for Senate campaign is releasing a new, more accurate website address for Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign site: www.MakingChinaGreatAgain.com.
“MakingChinaGreatAgain.com is the perfect website name to more accurately reflect Senator Portman’s long and unabashed support for unfair trade deals that have outsourced hundreds of thousands of good paying Ohio jobs to places like China,” said Strickland for Senate spokesman David Bergstein. “Whether Portman was voting to grant China Permanent Most Favored Nation Status, opposing anti-currency manipulation legislation or failing to crack down on unfair Chinese steel imports, the truth is that Portman is the best senator that China’s ever had -- and now the name of his website can helpfully reflect his real record.”
The URL address www.MakingChinaGreatAgain.com will direct to Portman’s website starting today.
See the facts for yourself:
CQ: Portman Is A “Dedicated Outsourcer.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]
Portman Voted For Eight Free Trade Deals In Congress. Strickland Voted Against Eight Free Trade Deals. [H.R. 3078, Vote 163, 10/12/11; H.R. 3079, Vote 162, 10/12/11; H.R. 3080, Vote 161, 10/12/11; H.R. 5684, Vote 392, 7/20/06; H.R. 4340, Vote 616, 12/7/05; H.R. 3045, Vote 443, 7/28/05; H.R. 4842, Vote 413, 7/22/04; H.R. 4759, Vote 375, 7/14/04; H.R. 2738, Vote 436, 7/24/03; H.R. 2739, Vote 432, 7/24/03; H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]
Video: Portman Praised China, Stating “There is no doubt that China has been a significant factor in the economic expansion we’ve all enjoyed in the 1990s.” [C-SPAN, 7/29/1999]
Politico: As U.S. Trade Representative, “Portman Urged The President Not To Impose Restrictions On Cheap Chinese Steel Imports, Causing A Drop In Sales And Job Losses For The U.S. Steel Industry.” “As Bush's top trade negotiator in 2005, Portman urged the president not to impose restrictions on cheap Chinese steel imports, causing a drop in sales and job losses for the U.S. steel industry. And that could resonate with voters at a time they're worried about the economic threat from China and American jobs being shipped overseas.” [Politico, 7/24/12]
Associated Press: Portman “Didn't Fare Particularly Well In Stemming China's Trade Advantage” As The U.S. Trade Representative. “He didn't fare particularly well in stemming China's trade advantage, either. Under Portman's watch, the U.S. trade deficit with China soared by 25 percent in 2005, and the next year it climbed more than 15 percent.” [Associated Press, 8/30/12]
Trade Expert: Portman “Not Particularly Forceful” Against China. “Daniel Ikenson, a trade policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, said [Rob] Portman’s record was not particularly forceful on the China trade front or others.” [Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/22/12]