Strickland Campaign Statement On Portman’s Event With President George W. Bush

In response to President George W. Bush’s campaign event today with Senator Portman, Strickland for Senate Campaign Spokesman David Bergstein issued the following statement:

“Today is another reminder that Senator Portman’s full-throated endorsement of Donald Trump puts him out of step with Republicans like President Bush and Governor Kasich who are refusing to back Trump’s toxic and divisive campaign. We welcome President Bush to come to Ohio anytime because it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss Portman’s record in the Bush White House: as Bush’s Trade Czar Portman was the champion for unfair trade deals that cost Ohio hundreds of thousands of jobs, and as Budget Director Portman slashed Medicare, spiked the deficit and set the stage for a global economic catastrophe. At every turn throughout his decades-long career in Washington Portman has pushed the agenda of the rich and the powerful at the expense of working families, and that’s exactly why he cannot be trusted to stand up for Ohio in the Senate.”                                                                                                                                      

AS PRESIDENT BUSH’S OMB DIRECTOR PORTMAN JEOPARDIZED RETIREMENT SECURITY, SPIKED THE DEFICIT, CUT MILLIONS FROM DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND TRIED TO ELIMINATE COLLEGE LOAN PROGRAMS:

  • Portman’s Budget cut Medicare by $66 billion: Portman’s budget cut Medicare by $66 billion over five years. [Associated Press, 2/2/07]

  • Portman’s Budget Privatized Social Security: Portman’s budget proposed privatizing Social Security. [FY 08 Budget Proposal Social Security Administration, Accessed 6/17/16]

  • Portman’s Budget spiked the federal deficit: Portman’s budget nearly tripled the annual federal deficit from $161 billion to $458 billion. [Innovation Ohio, 6/3/16]

  • Portman’s Budget slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to combat drug abuse: A report from the Akron Beacon Journal revealed that Portman’s budget proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to substance abuse programs. [Akron Beacon Journal, 2/4/16]

  • Portman’s Budget proposed eliminated a college loan program that 25,000 Ohioans now rely on: Portman’s budget proposed eliminating the Perkins Loan program. [Office Of Management and Budget, February 2007; U.S. Department Of Education, Federal Student Aid, Accessed 10/2/15]

AS PRESIDENT BUSH’S TRADE CZAR, PORTMAN CHAMPIONED JOB KILLING TRADE POLICIES THAT DEVASTATED OHIO’S ECONOMY:

  • World Trade Review: As USTR Portman said anti-currency manipulation legislation is  “counter-productive.” [World Trade Review, 1/15/05]

  • Politico: As USTR, “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.” [Politico, 7/24/12]

  • Youngstown Vindicator: Portman filed only four enforcement cases as Bush‘s trade representative, a “significant” decline from the number filed during the Clinton Administration. [Youngstown Vindicator, 9/21/10]

  • Associated Press: As USTR Portman “didn't fare particularly well in stemming China's trade advantage.” “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]

  • PolitiFact: When Portman was USTR, America’s deficit with China spiked 21 percent. [PolitiFact, 9/9/10] 

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