Portman to Israel
May 30th, 2012
01:34 PM ET
8 years ago

Portman to Israel

Washington (CNN) - Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman is heading to Israel and will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, a spokesman for Netanyahu confirmed to CNN.

A spokesman for Portman refused to comment on his trip.

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Portman, in his first Senate term and a member of the Armed Services Committee, is often mentioned as one of the top contenders for the Vice Presidential slot on Mitt Romney's ticket.

He has refused to comment on whether he is being vetted by the Romney campaign.

With roots in the key battleground state of Ohio and fiscal expertise from his time as the budget director in the George W. Bush administration, many political analysts have said Portman would be an attractive choice for Romney.

Israel has become an almost must stop for rising politicians. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited in April.

Both Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visited last year as they were considering whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Mitt Romney has been three times, including a stop in 2011, and some Republicans are urging the presumptive GOP nominee to visit again.

"It would be a good visit for him," Rep. Pete Session, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told The Hill newspaper earlier this month.

President Obama visited the country as a candidate in 2008 but has not returned since taking office.

Sen. Portman will be a guest on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Thursday from Tel Aviv. Tune in 4-6 p.m. ET for the full interview.

- CNN Jerusalem Bureau Chief Kevin Flower contributed to this story

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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman
soundoff (14 Responses)

    Portman = another Bush cronie

    Willard, you've already adopted Bush's policies, you've hired his foreign policy team, why not hire his budget director? You definitely are Bush on steroids.

    May 30, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The only reason senators and representatives travel to foreign countries is vacations. This is a waste of taxpayer money and causes nothing but confusion in foreign affairs and policy.

    May 30, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    So, decides America's President now????????????????????

    May 30, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. warmonkey

    6o bow and kiss the ring – to run for office in this Country u must first pledge loyalty to a foriegn Nation- how did this happen? will he promise war with Iran? the tail wags the dog- sickening.. American interests FIRST!

    May 30, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Let me guess. This add to his vp cred on foreign issues!

    May 30, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. pkbkr

    What's in this for Portman? Is he running for VP? Heaven knows, Mittens knows NOTHING about foreign policy, other than Swiss Bank Accounts and shipping jobs to China from his venture capitalism activities!!!

    May 30, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. g

    isreal owns the republican party ,he,s just going to tell israel that the american tax payers will take care of iran ,just be patient

    May 30, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    And the GOBP whines and complains about Dem's tripping on the taxpayer dime – especially the POTUS.. Where's the indignation over this? I hear crickets...

    May 30, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. cali girl

    Gees, I have been to the middle east, does that give me foreign affairs experience?

    May 30, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Why this idiot should go there at tax pyre expense?????vote this idiot out.

    May 30, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that there are plenty of Americans that regard Israel as an ally in some way shape or form for various reasons (religious, political, military or something else). We need to have member of Congress know where the money goes and comes from. There are many needs that the Israelis provide to the US like technological innovation and intelligence on their questionable neighbors.

    May 30, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    A spokesman for Portman refused to comment on his trip.
    Our tax dollars are being used to pay for the trip, but they refused to tell us why he's making the trip.

    May 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Thomas

    He will be Romney's VP.

    It's starting to get strange !

    May 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Lando

    will ask for the jews blessing....amen

    May 30, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |