What They’re Saying: Strickland, Veterans Call Out Portman for Continuing to Support Trump

Strickland: “I will devote myself to trying to make sure our veterans receive everything that they deserve.”

COLUMBUS, OH –– This week, Ted Strickland joined Ohio veterans at events across the state to call out Senator Portman for his continued support for Donald Trump following Trump’s attacks on the Gold Star Khan family, his offensive comments about Purple Heart recipients and his disparaging remarks regarding Prisoners of War. The Strickland campaign also launched “Veterans for Ted:” a coalition of over 100 veterans and military family members from across Ohio, co-chaired by a group of prominent veteran leaders.

Last week, Strickland joined veteran and former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan to hold a press conference call condemning Portman for his continued support for Trump in the wake of Trump’s offensive comments against military families.

Here’s what they’re saying: 

WFMJ-TV Youngstown: Girard veterans stand by Strickland.

  • “The ex-Governor says the local vets are appalled by comments made by Donald Trump about prisoners of war and veterans who shed blood in defense of America.”
  • “‘He has consistently said degrading, appalling, and objectionable things about our military. Saying it's weak. He's just unfit to be the Commander in Chief,’ Strickland said." 
  • “The veterans say they'll join Ted Strickland in signing a letter that will be forwarded to Senator Rob Portman. The letter, composed by Strickland's campaign, again calls for Portman to retract his endorsement of Trump.”

WKBN-TV Youngstown: Former Ohio Gov. calls on Sen. Portman to denounce Trump.

  • “Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is calling on his opponent to walk away from Donald Trump. Strickland was joined in Girard Friday by veterans who received the Purple Heart award during their time in service.”
  • “He said Trump’s recent comments about veterans, the military and Gold Star mothers mean he is ‘not fit’ to be president.”

Youngstown Vindicator: Strickland wants Portman to withdraw Trump endorsement.

  • Strickland said Trump’s comments about veterans are offensive, and Portman needs to denounce his endorsement.
  • “Strickland said Trump’s comments about veterans are offensive, and Portman needs to denounce his endorsement. ‘Donald Trump is unfit to be the president,’ Strickland said during a stop at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Girard.”

Toledo Blade: Strickland exudes confidence.

  • “In a swing through Toledo on Tuesday, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland outlined why he should emerge victorious in his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio).”
  • “Purple Heart recipient Will Fischer and Mike Friedman, a Vietnam veteran and local Democratic Party official, highlighted Mr. Strickland’s record for helping veterans.”
  • “‘There are 900,000 veterans who call Ohio home,’ said Mr. Fischer, executive director of the Union Veterans Council. ‘It’s so easy for a politician to stand on a stage or in a truck bed and talk about how pro-veteran they are. But the simple reality is someone’s record doesn’t always match that rhetoric, and Rob Portman is a great example of that.’”

WTOL-TV Toledo: Strickland Says He’ll Devote Himself to Serving Veterans. “Former Governor Ted Strickland says he and Senator Rob Portman have many differences, including how they’d work to help veterans in the U.S. Senate seat. He talked to a crowd of about 30 today at the UAW Local 12. To claps from veterans, former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate hopeful took to the UAW podium. His message? ‘As a senator, I will devote myself to trying to make sure our veterans receive everything that they deserve.’ Along with promising to make veterans a priority if elected: ‘When they come home, they should be treated with dignity and respect, and their healthcare needs should be met.’ Strickland looked to differentiate himself from incumbent Senator Rob Portman. ‘Senator Portman has actually voted against pay increases for veterans, he’s voted against adequately funding their healthcare system.’” 

 

WNWO-TV Toledo: Strickland in Toledo: I want to be an advocate for veterans“Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, now running for Senate. He was in Toledo Tuesday night speaking with an Iraq war veteran about veterans’ affairs. ‘Senator Portman has actually voted against pay increases for veterans, he’s voted against adequately funding their healthcare system. On the other hand, I’ve always been a big supporter of veterans. When I was in the House of Representatives, I asked specifically to be able to serve on the veterans’ affairs committee because I wanted to be an advocate for veterans.’ Strickland joined Iraq war veteran Will Fischer Tuesday night, campaigning against Senator Portman.”

 

WTVG-TV Toledo: Strickland Joins Veterans in Toledo. “The race for the U.S. Senate in Ohio brought former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to Toledo. He was joined by Will Fischer, an Iraq war veteran. They talked about different policies which could help improve the lives of veterans across the country. “They deserve our admiration and our support, and they deserve everything that this country can possibly provide to them in terms of healthcare, in terms of job opportunities and as a Senator I will devote myself to trying to make sure that our veterans receive everything that they deserve.”

 

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