Sen. Portman: 'Wouldn't want to risk' Romney losing Ohio
October 14th, 2012
10:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Portman: 'Wouldn't want to risk' Romney losing Ohio

(CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday that he thinks Mitt Romney could win the presidency without winning Ohio, but wouldn't want to take the chance of losing it.

"You can probably win the presidency without Ohio but I wouldn't want to take the risk and no Republican has," Portman said on ABC's This Week.

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Portman has been assisting Romney with debate preparation, playing the role of President Barack Obama. He has also hit the campaign trail with Romney in Ohio.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio shows Obama leading Romney among likely voters, 50%-47%. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three Ohio polls of likely voters conducted after the first presidential debate. According to polls conducted in Ohio last month, Obama had a seven to 10 point lead.

"We're doing great in Ohio," Portman said. "And the momentum is on our side."

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  1. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Lynn: "If Romney was so special to the republicans why didn't he win they're nomination in the last election against McCain."

    Because Mittens is the best of a horrible field of Repub candidates. However, Mittens does fit Karl Rove's qualification of having daddy issues and a willingness to be a puppet; Mittens also fits Grover Norquist's qualification to be a set of working digits to sign legislation ...

    October 14, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    I hope in the second debate President Obama puts to rest the lie told by Mittens 'n' Munster about federal energy loan guarantees.

    Google Herb Allison, the former national finance chairman for John McCain, who led a team of accountants and auditors in conducting an independent analysis of the program. Pay special attention to the following findings:

    Solar-panel maker Solyndra will cost $2 billion less than initially expected. Compare this to the fossil-fuel industry, which got $70 billion in government subsidies from 2002 to 2008. (BTW, many of these subsidies have been in place for nearly 100 years; the nuclear industry, too, has benefited from billions of dollars in subsidies, including loan guarantees, over the 50 years.

    Allison’s independent review show that Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program is a good deal for taxpayers, and that DOE staff have avoided exposing taxpayers to unacceptable risks.

    Finally, of the 26 companies that received U.S.-backed loans, only 3 have filed for bankruptcy (and the accounted for only about 6% of the loan guarantees). Mittens claimed that half had failed; not only is he a liar, he's lousy with numbers.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 14, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Morizla

    @ Vazquez, anonymous...this is why it's hard for people to believe, trust or accept the GOP.. Vazquez, you are definitely a brainwashed, confused, neocon lunatic, the movie has been proven to be a complete lie, but if you insist, I will point you to the movie about Romney's religion, the plot and secret agreement by the Koch brothers to rule America (God, I am beginning to sound like a Neocon crazie).

    Anonymous: to quote the british prime minister, it is easier to host an Olympic in the middle of nowhere...why don't you say how you really feel, that you are upset because he is a black man that is making history by doing what republicans failed to accomplish...

    October 14, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. sifto

    I hope Ohioans will think of the rest of America and not just that Obama bailed them out with our money. in fact, Romney would have done the same managed bankruptcy without using taxpayers money- THOSE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THEIR JOBS EITHER WAY-Who gained from Obama's way? probably UNION LEADERS WHO USED THE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN–THE REST OF AMERICA LOST.....

    October 14, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. CBR

    The people of Ohio have some pretty powerful Republicans working for them. Did Mr. Boehner make a big difference to the economic recover of that state/ Has Mr. Portman made a big difference? What legislation gave them any relief and who was responsible for that legislation.

    The good people of Ohio must know the score. They cannot be oblivious to the problems they fact and the fact that the Republicans have failed to produce any legislation that helped them.

    October 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. nina

    Sadly, it appears that the far right will do & say anything to get their person elected...no one even in the Rebuplican party liked Mitt UNTIL the first debate...how is it that everyone including the media is so quick to let slide all Romney's flip flops on every issue. why is no one asking about his taxes....bain capital? Hellooooo people, wake up. are people really that easily swayed? you want to hold obama accountable for the current ecomony but not give him credit for reversing the mess when he took office.....you want to critizie health care but i do believe that most people in congress receive gov't run health care.....you want to judge his foreign policy despite 9/11 attacks and numerous other embassies attacked during the Bush administration....really? I cannot stress how disappointing it is to see momentum towards romney after 1 debate and one which was based on lies & mis facts as well as complete flip flops on issues he held just weeks b4.....again i say.....if romney wins,,,,it will be an a bought election (just like bush) ...otherwise if the rebups were to win fairly, .why r they fighting the courts decision re voting rights in Ohio?

    October 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. CBR

    To the person who thinks Mr. Romney did a good job in MA. Think again. He began running for President midway through his term. His health insurance plan was not properly funded and caused a deficit. He and his administration ignored the western part of MA which were having economic issues even then. The schools – well some good systems were struggling and needed to pass prop 2-1.2 overrides just to maintain the status quo. I watched one of hte best high schools in MA begin a struggle to maintain its edge during the Romney administration.

    October 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Tommy

    In Ohio we know what happens when you elect Republicans. They try to punish teachers and firefighters. They try to throw Democrats off the voter rolls and they try 101 ways to block a woman's right to medical care.

    October 14, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    You right-wingers are ignorant, insane, and delsusional, not necessarily in that order.

    October 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt the twit is not qualified to be President. Ohio knows that.

    October 14, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. fryuujin

    I have no idea how there can be anyone other than the rich voting for Mitt. good grief there are a huge number of dolts out there.

    October 14, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. tee27

    Obama leads Romney by 59 percent to 31 percent among early voters, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data compiled in recent weeks. And also leading in AZ Obama 44% Mitt 42% In North Carolina and Maine, Democrats seem to be voting in higher numbers than 2008, while Republicans seem to be voting in slightly lower numbers than four years ago, he said.

    October 14, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Sensata - cutting jobs in USA and sending to China is STILLED 51% OWNED BY MITT ROMNEY.

    October 14, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    My advice to the president would be to ignore Willard's lies (as Biden took care of those). He needs to concentrate only on why he deserves a 2nd term and the other guy doesn't deserve the first.

    There are millions of Americans who would be severly impacted should the Ryan/Romney ticket prevail, and the president needs to be sharp and concise. I personally don't want to see a boxing match, and the American people and (those "undecided" voters), want to hear clear details on how he intends KEEP moving this country forward. If he does this, there is no doubt the country would be willing to give him four more years to complete the clean-up of the awful mess he was left by the republican party.

    Go Mr. President!

    October 14, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Romney will lose a lot more than Ohio if people remember the campaign that he ran before the debate. In the debate itself, Obama was so listless that a used car salesman could have won the debate against him. Romney was good, but he was a good used car salesman. He is selling the same old Bush policies (more tax cuts, less regulations) that were not working under Bush. No matter how good Romney sounded at the debate, a used car salesman is supposed to sound good. He is still selling a used car.

    October 14, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    RYAN / romney..............Can it get any better than this?

    Well, yes....much better.
    But this is what you get when you ask for anyone but Obama.

    October 14, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Sharon

    People need to realize that Romney's version of the auto companies going tthrough bankruptcy would have been to sell off the viable parts (to whoever, including Russians and Chinese) for the best price. SInce I work for an auto supplier, I am well aware of how the managed bankruptcy hurt many of the salaried employees, the shareholders and suppliers. If a Romney type bankruptcy had been done, even Ford would have suffered as the auto companies share many of the same suppliers. Also one of the reasons for the increase in people on food stamps is the upper income limits were adjusted to assist those people who lost jobs and went back to work for less money. I went back to work after a year of being unemployed for 25% less. Still make a decent salary but if I had qualifed for food stamps, I would have applied.

    October 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. tee27

    Listen up Ohio and other states here is news being reported now, Paul Ryan Stimulus Funds Requests Show VP Nominee Asked For More Than Previously Reported. Hmm

    October 14, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. q2long

    to palma06:

    As to the auto bailout, it required government financing to get through the bankruptcy, something Romney was against. Everyone knowledgeable about the situation has acknowledged that there were no private sector investors willing to provide that financing (which is what Romney advocated). So Romney would have let Detroit fail (and all the related jobs).

    As to his tenure as MA Governor, the employment results as compared to what was happening elsewhere are poor and his approval rating so low the general consensus is he couldn't have gotten re-elected if he had run for a second term rather deciding to run for president.

    As to working with the Democratic legislature, that is because he had a legislature willing to work with him (something missing in the Repubs in Congress) and his signature legislation (Romneycare) was supported by Democrats. What is unacceptable (in my view) is his total reversal on the wisdom of providing coverage to the uninsured (they can go to the Emergency Room) and his desire to cut the very programs (e.g., Medicaid) that allowed MA to implement Romneycare AND say other states can address the issue rather than the federal government. Absolute intellectual dishonesty demonstrated at every turn.

    October 14, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. 2020

    Romney will win Cayman Islands. That is about all he can get.

    October 14, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Roy

    Mitt Romney is changing himself to be more of the moderate position on various of topics so in that way he can steal voters away from President Obama. We all need to be alert because once Mr. Romney gets into the White House and he will change back to old self to where he was and we all be stuck with him for the next 4 years. We can’t trust him at all.

    October 14, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Jeffrex

    I see I have to take time out from watching football to set some people straight.

    palma and realist – you realize the reason why the government "bailed out" the auto industry was because there were no private companies willing to put up the money to back the "managed bankruptcy" that Romney advocated. (Even Bain Capital). There is no honest economist that would argue otherwise.

    palma – I would gladly vote for the Romney that governed Massachusetts, but he no longer exists since he sold his soul to the hard right wingers in the GOP and flip-flopped on every issue I care about.

    anonymous – who granted you the right to judge who is a "real" American and who is not? Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean they are any less Patriotic.

    October 14, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Pete

    @palma06,you in Massachusetts,you must be kidding if you think he did anything positive and I worked there for over 10 years as a welder,where we called it Taxachusetts ,the name fit the state didn't it..47 in job creation,people moving out and there wasn't a deficet,more like a surplus when he got there,get your facts straight bud ,been drinkin the Repubs koolaide again ha!!How bout Romney outsourcing his call center to India or destroying his governorship files,hardrives before leaving office,something illegal,incriminating there Palma,you tell me!!Or how he transferred his overseas accounts to his wife when he decided to run for president or his part ownership in a Chinese oil firm CNOOC,check it out its fact also!!And how he worked with a democratic majority being over ruled on everything over 7-800 times while in office and having a 38% approval rating as governor and being told never to come back by the people of Massachusetts.You tell me bud where you live, it wasn't the Massachusetts I worked in for years,at least under Romney the Mormon moron!!Quit the BS,you know I'm right!!

    October 14, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Cathy

    Romney has not been consistent on anything, including women's rights. His turn arounds on this issue are dizzying. This man is entirely without principles he will say absolute anything to get elected.

    October 14, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. frag

    It may be possible for Romney to win without Ohio? Forget it, it's not possible and that's why Mr. Portman didn't tell you how it's possible.

    October 14, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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