On today’s 1-year anniversary of Senator Portman’s vote to fast track the Trans-Pacific-Partnership trade deal, Ted Strickland issued the following statement. In 2015, the Youngstown Vindicator reported that Portman voted to fast-track the TPP without reading it.
“Today is a reminder of Senator Portman’s long and unabashed record of voting for unfair trade deals that have outsourced hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs overseas, devastated our economy and hurt our working families. Senator Portman’s passionate, decade long advocacy for job killing trade policies is clear and compelling evidence that he is hurting Ohio’s working people in the Senate, and his tortuous, twisted explanation about his position on the TPP now represents exactly the kind of D.C. double-speak that frustrates Ohioans about Washington politics and D.C. insiders. In the Senate, I will be proud to continue my proven and consistent record of opposing these kinds of damaging trade policies in order to protect American jobs and Ohio’s working people.”
To mark today’s anniversary of the TPP vote Ohioans are speaking out against Senator Portman’s record on trade policy: Representative Tim Ryan stated “Senator Portman’s vote is in line with his decades-long record in Washington of supporting unfair trade policies that have shipped hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs to places like China,” Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga said “Portman showed his true colors when it comes to trade, he showed that he is willing to ignore the needs of working Ohioans while he does the bidding of corporations and the wealthy few,” and Ohio Democrats will hold events across the state.
On Thursday, the Strickland campaign also released this digital ad, “Shameless,” highlighting video footage of Portman advocating for unfair trade deals and on behalf of China.
BACKGROUND: PORTMAN’S RECORD AS A “DEDICATED OUTSOURCER.”
Columbus Dispatch: Strickland and Portman have “polar opposite” records on trade. “The voting records of Strickland and Portman are polar opposites. As a member of the U.S. House from 1993 through 2005, Portman voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and for Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China.When he was U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush in 2005, Portman helped guide the Central American Free Trade Agreement through Congress. By contrast, as a member of the House, Strickland opposed NAFTA, permanent trade relations with China and the Central American pact.” [Columbus Dispatch,5/20/16]
CATO Institute: “Portman has a pro-trade record that is ripe for criticism,” “Strickland, has a nearly opposite record on trade.” “Rob Portman, has a pro-trade record that is ripe for criticism in today's political environment. Portman has a strong record in support of free trade during his time as the U.S. trade representative, and in both the U.S. House and Senate...Portman's challenger, Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, has a nearly opposite record on trade. During his more than 10 years in the House, he voted against all the trade agreements Portman supported.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer,5/27/16]
U.S. Business And Industry Council Official Called Portman A “Dedicated Outsourcer.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]
Columbus Dispatch: Portman “Has Never Met A Free Trade Agreement He Didn’t Like.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/11/10]
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial: Portman Is A “Free Trade Disciple.” [Plain Dealer, Editorial, 3/18/05]
Cincinnati Enquirer: Portman Has “Been A Consistent Champion Of Free Trade” Despite The Fact That Ohio “Has Seen Thousands Of Jobs Move Overseas.” [Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/18/05]
AP: Portman “Has Been A Strong Advocate Of Free Trade Even Though He Comes From A State That Has Been Hit Hard By Job Losses.” [Associated Press, 3/17/05]
VIDEO: Portman Praised China, Stating “There is no doubt that China has been a significant factor in the economic expansion we’ve all enjoyed in the 1990s.” [C-SPAN, 7/29/1999]
Politico: As U.S. Trade Representative, “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.” “As Bush's top trade negotiator in 2005, 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. And that could resonate with voters at a time they're worried about the economic threat from China and American jobs being shipped overseas.” [Politico, 7/24/12]
Associated Press: Portman “Didn't Fare Particularly Well In Stemming China's Trade Advantage” As The U.S. Trade Representative. “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]
Youngstown Vindicator: Portman Voted To Fast-Track TPP Without Reading It. “Though he hasn’t read the TPP proposal, Portman voted June 24 with the majority in a 60-38 vote to approve fast-track authority. Fast track is a key step in the trade process. It allows the president to give such deals to Congress for only yes-or-no votes without the power for the legislative body to amend them.” [Youngstown Vindicator,8/3/15; H.R. 2146, Vote 219,6/24/15]
Portman Voted For Eight Free Trade Deals In Congress. Strickland Voted Against Eight Free Trade Deals. [H.R. 3078, Vote 163, 10/12/11; H.R. 3079, Vote 162, 10/12/11; H.R. 3080, Vote 161, 10/12/11; H.R. 5684, Vote 392, 7/20/06; H.R. 4340, Vote 616, 12/7/05; H.R. 3045, Vote 443, 7/28/05; H.R. 4842, Vote 413, 7/22/04; H.R. 4759, Vote 375, 7/14/04; H.R. 2738, Vote 436, 7/24/03; H.R. 2739, Vote 432, 7/24/03; H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]