(CNN) - Top Romney surrogate Rob Portman blamed President Obama Tuesday for impeding the nation's economic recovery through ineffective policies and poor leadership
"We gave him the ball," the Ohio senator said. "It's time to give the ball to someone else. He fumbled the ball."
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Tuesday said he met with Romney campaign staffers during three meetings the day prior while in Boston to headline a couple of fundraisers for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
But Portman, who may be in serious contention as Mitt Romney's running mate, said the meetings were not at the Romney campaign headquarters, and had nothing to do with the vetting process.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – New Hampshire was no vacation for Rob Portman who made his most public pitch yet to be chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate.
The Ohio senator, rumored to become number two on the GOP ticket, was Romney's chief defender Saturday when he encouraged conservatives to refute President Barack Obama's primary line of attack on Bain Capital by embracing Romney’s career there.
(CNN) - Two potential running mates for Mitt Romney will headline fundraisers for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee this week, sources told CNN on Saturday.
(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will appear at a roundtable event with New Hampshire Republicans later this week, his office publicized Monday.
According to the state's GOP, he'll lead the event Saturday at the party's headquarters in Concord, where he'll discuss the 2012 presidential election and take questions from the media.
(CNN) – A host of vice presidential contenders will hit the trail with Mitt Romney on his five-day, multi-state bus trip in the next week.
As Romney starts out in Stratham, New Hampshire on Friday, he'll appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a popular Republican freshman senator who campaigned heavily for Romney in the Granite State during the primaries.
Washington (CNN) – Sens. Marco Rubio and Rob Portman, both considered top contenders to join Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, criticized President Barack Obama's economic vision - including his assertion that "the private sector is doing fine" - while introducing themselves to conservatives gathered here on Thursday.
"He needs to get out more," Portman quipped at the Faith and Freedom Conference.
Washington (CNN) – Vice presidential candidates may be chosen for different reasons, but they all have one main job: show up where the main guy can't.
By that count alone, two potential running mates for Mitt Romney will get some real world experience this week in two key states.
(CNN) - Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who political observers often cite as a potential running mate for White House contender Mitt Romney, said Thursday voters were no longer looking for sparks when selecting a presidential candidate.
Portman, speaking from Israel after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether his perceived lack of "pizzazz" would prevent him from being selected as a vice presidential candidate.