Strickland, Fmr. Gov. Dean: The RNC Will Highlight How Portman Is All In For Trump

Strickland and Dean join volunteers at field office in Columbus, discuss how RNC will shine a bright spotlight on Portman’s support for Trump

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Ted Strickland joined former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean at a phone banking event in Columbus to discuss the importance of the election and how the Republican National Convention in Cleveland will highlight Senator Portman’s support for Trump and their shared agenda of hurting Ohio’s working families. 

The event took place at an Ohio Together grassroots organizing office, where Strickland and Governor Dean met with volunteers and field organizers and joined them in making phone-calls to voters encouraging them to commit to vote for Democrats in November.

“Unlike Republican Governor Kasich, Senator Portman has gone all in for Donald Trump – and during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland there will be no rock that Portman can hide under to avoid answering for his endorsement of the most toxic and divisive presidential nominee in modern history,” said Ted Strickland. “Portman is backing Trump because they share the same agenda -- pushing the interests of the rich, the powerful and the well-connected at the expense of Ohioans who actually work for a living. The truth is that if Portman can’t stand up to Donald Trump, there’s no way hardworking Ohioans can trust him to stand up for us in the Senate.”  

“I disagree with John Kasich on a large number of issues, but one issue I agree with him on is that supporting a dangerous man for president is not a good idea, and that's what Senator Portman is doing,” said Governor Howard Dean. “John Kasich has the guts to stand up to someone who is not capable of being president, why doesn't Rob Portman? It's because Senator Portman is always on the wrong side of issues for the people of Ohio.”

This week ahead of the RNC, the Strickland campaign released a new digital advertisement – “Portman Has Really Been Good To Me” – highlighting Trump’s gushing praise for Portman and Portman’s endorsement of Trump, in contrast to Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich who has refused to support Trump’s campaign. 

Following Trump’s last rally in Ohio, the Washington Post wrote “It's safe to say getting a shout-out from Trump has not been on Portman's reelection to-do list.” Roll Call, The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland.com, and CBS-Columbus’ Face The State all highlighted how Portman recently snuck through an alley in D.C. after meeting with Trump to avoid answering questions from the press.

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