Video: Portman Said “We Are Shooting Ourselves In The Foot” If We Don’t Grant Russia Favored Trading Status

COLUMBUS, OH -- Following new comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighting Donald Trump’s cooperation with Russia and ahead of tonight’s Ohio Senate debate, the Ted Strickland for Senate campaign is releasing new video footage of Senator Portman stating that “we are shooting ourselves in the foot if we don't move forward with permanent normal trade relations with Russia.” 

Senator Portman made his statement in 2012, after Putin had gained control of the country. 

From David Bergstein, Strickland Campaign Spokesman: “Senator Portman’s support for job-killing trade policies and his allegiance to the multinational corporations that fund his campaign is so strong that he even championed a proposal to reward Russia and Putin with special trade status. This video is just more evidence that Portman is willing to put his reckless support for unfair trade deals and the interests of his political backers over what’s right for Ohio workers and America’s security.”  

Portman: “We are shooting ourselves in the foot if we don’t move forward with permanent normal trade relations with Russia.

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On trade, the Columbus Dispatch wrote that “the voting records of Strickland and Portman are polar opposites.” And during this campaign: theColumbus Dispatch highlighted video footage of Senator Portman describing himself as the “quarterback” for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA);ABC Columbus revealed video footage of Senator Portman stating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “represents hope, opportunity and economic growth and we need it;” and theYoungstown Vindicator reported that Senator Portman failed to read the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement before voting to fast track it.

Portman has also 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.” 

BACKGROUND:

Portman: “We Are Shooting Ourselves In The Foot If We Don’t Move Forward With Permanent Normal Trade Relations With Russia.” PORTMAN: “When Russia doesn't play by the rules, our competitors around the globe would be able to take them to the world trade court, but we wouldn't. If we think about it, in a way we are shooting ourselves in the foot if we don't move forward with permanent normal trade relations with Russia.” [Congressional Record, 112th Congress, S7437-S7445, 12/5/12; C-Span, Senate Floor Session, Timestamp 07:23:4012/5/12]

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