Strickland Concludes ‘No More Terrible Trade Deals’ Statewide Tour In Youngstown, Cleveland & Akron

Strickland calls Portman “The best senator China’s ever had.”

COLUMBUS, OH — Today Ted Strickland concluded his 3-day “No More Terrible Trade Deals” statewide tour with stops in Youngstown, Cleveland and Akron — highlighting the contrast between himself and Senator Rob Portman on trade policy and protecting Ohio jobs from being shipped overseas.

During the Tour, Strickland spoke with workers and outside companies that lost jobs to foreign outsourcing following the passage of unfair trade deals supported by Senator Portman. See the recap from the first day of the Tour here, the second day here, and some of the coverage so far below:  

Toledo Blade: Strickland hammers Portman on trade.
WTOL Toledo: Strickland Calls For No More Terrible Trade Deals.
WTVG Toledo: Strickland Promotes Plan To Protect American Jobs.
WLIO Lima: Ted Strickland Stops in Lima to Talk Unfair Trade Deals.
Dayton Daily News: Strickland Hammers Portman On Trade Record.
WHIO: Strickland Speaks At Old Dephi Plant.
Local 12 Cincinnati: Strickland Says Portman The Best Senator China’s Ever Had.
Columbus Dispatch: Strickland Vows Tough Trade Stance To Protect Jobs.
WFMJ Youngstown: Portman Is The Best Senator China’s Ever Seen.


“Rob Portman is the best senator China’s ever had — instead of protecting Ohio workers, Portman has voted at every turn for unfair, job killing trade deals that have rocked our economy and sent hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs overseas,” said Ted Strickland. “These companies and the workers who lost their jobs are a powerful example of why we need trade policies that put Ohio’s interests first — and a Senator who will actually fight for working people. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue opposing these unfair trade deals — and my Plan will require more transparency and accountability to stop these deals from being negotiated behind closed doors by the wealthy and well connected at Ohio’s expense. When it comes to trade, Senator Portman is pushing the agenda of China, the Washington insiders and the wealthy special interests he serves — I’ll fight for Ohio’s working people because that’s where I come from and that’s who I care about.”

In Youngstown, Strickland spoke outside the Parker-Hannifin facility. An estimated 73 jobs have been lost due to outsourcing to China, Mexico and the Czech Republic.


In Cleveland, Strickland spoke across the street from the site of the Cleveland Casting Plant, which lost an estimated 1,125 jobs due to outsourcing to Mexico.


In Akron, Strickland spoke with workers at the United Steelworkers Local 2 union. The Akron area has seen an estimated 500 jobs outsourced overseas to places like China and Mexico.


Strickland’s Ohio Families First Plan calls for enhanced transparency and stakeholder involvement in trade negotiations by requiring that the draft of any trade deal be made public 90 days before Congress votes to authorize Fast Track Authority, and for a period of public comment to precede any vote. In the U.S. Senate, he will continue opposing unfair trade deals and any new efforts by China to gain additional protections, like Market Economy Status.

Senator Portman has been called a “Dedicated Outsourcer;” supported 8 unfair trade deals; voted to grant China Permanent Most Favored Nation Status; failed to crack down on unfair Chinese steel imports as United States Trade Representative; and called anti-Chinese-currency manipulation legislation “counter-productive.” Additional information about Portman’s record on trade is available at


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