Strickland Statement on ABC Report Revealing New Footage of Portman Praising NAFTA

ABC: Portman stated “NAFTA will create jobs for Americans,” and “NAFTA represents hope, opportunity and economic growth.”

In response to a new report from ABC Columbus revealing never-before-seen video footage of Senator Portman praising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Ted Strickland issued the following statement:

“The passionate advocacy Senator Portman displays for NAFTA in this video is entirely consistent with his decades-long, unabashed record of championing unfair trade deals that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs, devastated our economy and hurt our working families. This video evidence only underscores the arrogance and dishonesty Senator Portman has displayed in attempting to mislead Ohioans about his long record of supporting damaging trade policies that have sent our jobs to places like Mexico and China. Unlike Senator Portman, in the Senate I will continue fighting back against these kinds of damaging trade policies in order to protect American jobs and Ohio’s working families.”

From the report:

  • Senator Portman said “NAFTA will create jobs for Americans.”

  • Senator Portman said “NAFTA represents hope, opportunity and economic growth and we need it."

  • ABC reported that Portman’s record on trade clashes sharply with his message during this campaign, writing that “Portman has changed his tune on [trade] deals like that in his commercials.” 

ABC Columbus: Portman Said “NAFTA Will Create Jobs For Americans.”

Previously, the Columbus Dispatch highlighted video footage of Senator Portman describing himself as the “quarterback” for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).  On trade, the Columbus Dispatch wrote that “the voting records of Strickland and Portman are polar opposites.” Portman has been called a “Dedicated Outsourcer;” supported eight unfair trade deals; voted to grant China Permanent Most Favored Nation Status;  refused to crack down on unfair Chinese steel imports as United States Trade Representative; and called efforts to stop Chinese currency manipulation “counter-productive.” The Strickland campaign has also released two digital ads on Portman’s trade record: “Shameless” and “Trump Said It.”

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