March 15th, 2013
06:30 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

Washington (CNN) - You probably recognize Sen. Rob Portman from his tireless campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2012. He was even on the short list to be Romney's running mate.

He's been a leading Republican voice on economic issues for four decades.

Now, the prominent Ohio conservative will be known for something else: reversing his hardline position against gay marriage.

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Filed under: Rob Portman • Same-sex marriage
Portman stands by Romney auto ads
November 4th, 2012
11:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Portman stands by Romney auto ads

(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Sunday defended Mitt Romney's ad campaign attacking President Barack Obama over plans for GM and Chrysler to expand production overseas.

"The fact is that we now make Jeeps here in Toledo, Ohio, that we're proud to send to China, to Asia; we export about 25 percent of what we make here, and so if they're going to start production facilities overseas, obviously we're going to lose some of our exports here," Portman said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Ohio • Rob Portman
Portman and Kasich dismiss Ohio poll numbers
Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, and John Kasich campaign together in Ohio on August 14.
November 3rd, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman and Kasich dismiss Ohio poll numbers

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – Two of Ohio's top Republicans on Saturday waved off a spate of polling that shows President Obama with a small but steady lead in the pivotal state.

"I am not worried about the public polls," said Sen. Rob Portman.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Kasich • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman
Romney and Portman engage in car talk
October 25th, 2012
11:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney and Portman engage in car talk

Defiance, Ohio (CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman defended Mitt Romney's stance on the auto bailout Thursday night at a rally for the GOP presidential nominee in the heart of Ohio's Rust Belt.

The issue has dominated the airwaves across Ohio, where Democrats have relentlessly pounded Romney for opposing a government bailout of the automotive industry that ended up saving thousands of jobs.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman
October 23rd, 2012
10:59 AM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: Portman: Romney's harmony with Obama pleased undecided voters

(CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who played the role of the president in debate prep for Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he appreciated the Republican nominee's moments of agreement with his opponent during the debate.

"I thought when Governor Romney did that, it was refreshing for a lot of undecided voters who are tired of the attacks back-and-forth and the politics," Portman said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "Look when Governor Romney thought that the president was right, he said so."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates • Rob Portman
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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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman
Romney: Rates at friend Sen. Portman family's hotel 'a fleece'
October 13th, 2012
08:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Rates at friend Sen. Portman family's hotel 'a fleece'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney issued a warning to those in the market for a hotel room in southwestern Ohio: His friend might "fleece" you.

The Republican presidential nominee's light-hearted jab was directed at Sen. Rob Portman, who is helping Romney prepare for this month's debates by standing in as President Barack Obama. The two playfully traded words Saturday, when Portman toured the former Massachusetts governor of the historic Golden Lamb Inn, which his family owns, after a rally the GOP candidate's campaign claimed was attended by 10,700 people.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman
October 4th, 2012
12:12 AM ET
2 years ago

From the spin room...

(CNN) – Shortly after the candidates stepped off of the debate stage, their surrogates, spokespeople, and supporters began to spin.

Mitt Romney had a good night, and their representatives arrived first.
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Filed under: 2012 • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rob Portman
Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep
October 3rd, 2012
06:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rob Portman gets so into character playing Barack Obama during debate prep that his performance four years ago sparring with then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain made his wife, Cindy, run out of the room crying.

"Part of your responsibility in these debates is to be tougher so the candidate you are helping is ready for the worst of it - so you have to be mean. You need to get under their skin. Sometimes the candidate you are working with doesn't appreciate it, and even more often, their family doesn't appreciate it," Portman told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate • Rob Portman
Getting ready for Wednesday's showdown
September 29th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Getting ready for Wednesday's showdown

(CNN) – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who's playing the role of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in President Barack Obama's debate preparations, will join the president in Nevada this week, according to an Obama re-election campaign official.

The president travels to Nevada on Sunday, where he'll hold an evening rally. Obama will stay in Nevada to prepare for the debates before flying to Denver on Wednesday for the first debate.
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Filed under: 2012 • John Kerry • Rob Portman
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