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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
In Ohio, Romney praises debate partner Portman
September 25th, 2012
07:52 PM ET
2 years ago

In Ohio, Romney praises debate partner Portman

Vandalia, Ohio (CNN) – It’s a state that went for President Barack Obama in 2008, but Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are hoping Ohio will vote Republican this time around – after all, no Republican has advanced to the White House without winning the Buckeye State.

“I got my lucky Buckeye. My buddy Rob Portman gave me this lucky Buckeye. It means we are going to win Ohio,” Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, said on Tuesday as he shared the stage with Romney and Portman, a U.S. Senator from Ohio.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Ohio • Paul Ryan • Rob Portman
September 11th, 2012
09:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman: Sequestration hasn't worked, not a good idea

(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman, who is close to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was a member of the congressional so-called "super committee" tasked with devising a deficit reduction plan, said Tuesday that the upcoming sequestration - a penalty and incentive for the two partisan sides to work together - has been ineffective and prevented accomplishing just such across-the-aisle cooperation.

"I think actually not having the sequester in place would have made it more likely that we could have come up with an agreement," the Ohio Republican said on CNN's "OutFront." "I don't think the sequester worked, and therefore I don't think it was a good idea."
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Filed under: 2012 • Deficit • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman
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