Spots highlight how Ted understands the struggles facing the middle class and will fight for Ohio’s working families in the Senate
“This Man” features President Barack Obama speaking about Ted’s understanding of the struggles facing working families, his record accomplishments for the people of Ohio, and how Ted will bring the same values he’s practiced throughout his life to fighting for working people in the Senate. The spot coincides with the campaign’s TV ad featuring President Obama released last week, and a digital ad featuring President Obama calling out Senator Portman for his support of Trump released on Monday.
“Town Hall” features Ted Strickland speaking about his biography growing up in a working-class family, how he’ll fight for working people like the ones he grew up with in the Senate, and discussing the contrast between his record on trade policy and Senator Portman’s support for job-killing trade deals that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico.
Announcer: Here’s President Obama on Democrat Ted Strickland.
President Obama: Ted Strickland, love this man. You know, I could not be prouder to call Ted a friend. And there’s a reason that Ted’s always put working families first. Because in those families he sees his own family.
President Obama: He knows what it’s like to struggle. He’s the son of a steelworker. He’s the first in his family to go to college. He’s a minister and a public servant. So when he was in Congress he fought to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As Governor, he froze public college tuition. And even though he took office as your governor about a year before the recession hit, by the time he left Ohio was the 5th fastest growing economy in America. Ted delivered, and when it mattered most he had your back.
President Obama: Ohio voters have a clear choice in this election, between somebody who sides with Ohio’s working families, and someone who sides with the special interests who want to block all of our progress.
Announcer: Democrat Ted Strickland.
Ted Strickland: I came from a working class family in Southern Ohio. My father was a steelworker. And out of nine kids, only two of us finished high school. I know what it’s like to struggle, and I’m running for the Senate because we currently have a United States Senator that I don’t think is on the side of working people.
Ted Strickland: I was in Congress with Rob Portman when NAFTA was passed. I voted no, he voted yes. And then Rob Portman became George W. Bush’s Trade Representative, and he pushed plans that resulted in jobs being taken out of Ohio, and out of America and sent to China.
Ted Strickland: I’m the one who will go there and fight every day to make sure that working people have a fair shot, have a fair chance. I will never give up my fight for working folks because that’s who I am, that’s the family I came from.