Portman gets high-profile surrogate gig
July 15th, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman gets high-profile surrogate gig

(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman, widely speculated to be a potential vice-presidential pick for Mitt Romney, will undertake another high-profile surrogate task for the presumptive GOP nominee Monday: pre-butting President Barack Obama's campaign speech in Cincinnati.

Portman will address supporters in Lebanon, Ohio, mid-day on Monday, hours ahead of Obama's visit to nearby Cincinnati.

Last week Portman said he met with Romney campaign staffers during three meetings while in Boston to headline a couple of fund-raisers for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

But Portman said the meetings were not at the Romney campaign headquarters, and had nothing to do with the vice-presidential vetting process.

Portman, a former congressman and cabinet member in the George W. Bush administration, spoke to reporters Tuesday after giving a speech to a builders and contractors association meeting in the nation's capital.

The freshman senator, who's now a leading surrogate for Romney's White House bid, said he speaks to the campaign on a regular basis, especially regarding how the race is shaping up in his home state of Ohio, a crucial battleground in the election.

CNN's Kevin Bohn and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. A Kickin' Donkey

    Expect Mr. Romney to exagerate anything he can regarding his POTENTIAL VP candidates as a tatic to take the attention off of BAIN or his desire to hide his tax returns.

    Switching the focus . . . was Portman a "cabinet officer" for Bush? I don't think so. He was the BUDGET DIRECTOR . . . the guy behind No 43's reversal of Clinton-era budget SURPLUSES. It would be really interesting to ask a Portman VEEP candidate if he agress with Bush's VP, Dick Cheney . . . that budget deficits don't matter. He won't be able to duck that question since, as budget director, he was DIRECTLY in the middle of it.

    July 15, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Chickens, let Romney pre-butt himself.

    July 15, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. ted

    Yep Portman, you will be the BUTT of the entire thing and you will be representing the entire GOP which is a bunch of butts. I could go on with this, but the CNN censors would throw it out.

    July 15, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. ohio

    it's hard to get more republican than lebanon ohio but in recent years i do see it changing. This has surprised
    me but i also think that it is a good thing. We really need more diversity of opinion in this county. It's a good
    change.

    July 15, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. WeR4Freedom

    Mitt Romney could pick a turtle to be his VP and will still win the presidency. A turtle would get the economy going faster than obamanomics did... Just saying.

    July 15, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. cinci

    cincinnati may not prove to be the stronghold republicans have become accustomed to;
    there is a growing democrat demographic here. The idea of that would have been laughable
    10 years ago, but not today.

    July 15, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    Right now – the surrogates are stronger than wannabe president. And that's a shame because Romney is supposed to be on the top of the ticket!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 15, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Hey Mittens, got any more of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    "especially regarding how the race is shaping up in his home state of Ohio, a crucial battleground in the election."

    Portman probably hates telling Mittens that Nate has a current prediction of 61.5% that Ohio is going for President O.

    However, I am sure Fox and Razzmouthin' have a poll that reverses that in Mittens favor.

    July 15, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    Portman is an unknown – they will put him on the grill – if he's picked – then they will find out everything about the guy, from the moment he was born, to now.He won't be romney's veep.

    July 15, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Larry L

    "Pre-butting a speech? That's what our elected leaders do... All he's done in the Senate is filibuster to prevent debate or votes – like all Republicans trying to prevent an economic recovery.

    July 15, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Jeffrey

    I have no opinion on Sen. Portman, one way or another. But if part of Romney's campaign is to rehash the fact that Pres. Obama had little experience before taking the position of Commander in Chief, the selection of a freshman Senator as VP undermines that argument. Add to that Romney's run as Governor, which according to many, was really only one to two years, such a selection weakens that argument further.

    July 15, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Patrick Lewis

    This childish tactic is just hate spreading. Do you think this empty suit has anything to say other than "Hate the president?" No. He doesn't. You know why? Because for the last two years, the GOP has had the ability to actually effect change from the house and instead they have been busy doing exactly what this guy will try to do – get people to hate the president. This is just a no name trying to upstage the president. It's stupid, but if that's what you want to spend your endless supplies of anonymous hate fueled corporate cash on, go for it.

    July 15, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. AF

    oophs! another bush cabinet member for the white House? big mistake for Romney

    July 15, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. n

    How low will Portman go for a sniff of Romney's magic panties to be considered for the VP spot and it makes you wonder, what will Portman do for a Klondike Bar?

    July 15, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Pre- butting is a complete nonsense. You cannot possibly make a rebuttal in advance. You can only make a rebuttal after whatever has been said.
    If you are try to say Portman plans a rebuttal of Obamas policies generally as President as per the Republican weekly address fine say that but this Pre butting is a moronic, meaningless term and degrades your reportings integrity.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 15, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Still following a real leader, President Obama around I see. The unhinged GOBP have nothing to offer America.

    July 16, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Oh – Mr. "I can fix the OHIO vote". Hmmmmmmmm

    July 16, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |