Sen. Portman: 'Wouldn't want to risk' Romney losing Ohio
October 14th, 2012
10:19 AM ET
8 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. Slightly Left of Center

    'Wouldn't want to risk' Romney losing Ohio...

    He was at risk of losing Ohio a long, long time ago. Toledo, Cleveland, Lordstown, just to name a few automotive manufacturing locations. Not to mention all those that support the auto makers before and after manufacturing is complete (parts suppliers, dealerships, etc.). Ohio is second only to Michigan when it comes to the auto industry. I'd say he p!ssed off a LOT of hardworking people when he said they could just go bankrupt. He brushed them off like a speck of dandruff on his shoulder.

    October 14, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Larry L


    As a resident of Governor Romney’s BLUE state of Massachusetts I have to agree with Anonymous. Governor Romney inherited a severe deficit and left office with a good surplus. I do not know where people are getting this idea that he left us in a mess. Romney cleaned up the mess in Massachusets.
    Can you explain why Romney doesn't plan to win Massachusetts? Seems like they'd love him... Can you explain why a resident can't spell "Massachusetts"? Could this be a bogus posting by somebody paid to make these comments?

    October 14, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. pcalif

    This is a warning that the Republicans of OH will be looking at any way they can to introduce fraud into the voting. Computer hacking, ballot manipulation, whatever it takes to win that they can get away with. The Obama administration needs to be on the alert with the FBI and Justice Department. It will happen.

    October 14, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Felicite Marie

    I agree with, Romney is heartless, how could he? He doesn't know what families are going thru, he will not help middle class if he wins and Americans know it, rich people like him will be more rich and poor will go down deeper. Also he flipflop all the time, we are just tired of that, some one who desn't tell the true and running his campain on lie? Oh no forget it!!!

    October 14, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. toddcourt1

    I used to be a Democratic Senatorial District Delegate and this trickle up poverty isn't what I signed on for. Obama is no Clinton. What Bill Clinton had Barack Obama couldn't even borrow to get. Clinton had true bi-partisanship; Obama couldn't bribe a vote from legislators, even in the Democratic Senate! We don't need another 4 years of this. We don't need a do-over president; we need a do-er. Obama couldn't make a profit in a lemonade stand; he'd give away all the product and earnings and have too much overhead. I want a real businessman to turn our suffering economy into a surplus economy. I want someone who has proven success, and can demonstrate it in his own life. I want the same opportunities for my kids that my folks had for me, I want my kid to be able to find work when he graduates in four years. That's not going to happen under Obama. Just look at his record. Are college graduates able to find work? No. Obama's gotta go.
    Elect Romney!

    October 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Jack

    Why would anyone support a party that thinks mothers are expendable

    October 14, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Derek Maccullie

    What is in it for Bill Clinton?. Could it be a deal to give Chelsea the Senate seat in New York. If so, Bill should remember how Obama reneged on his promise to the Kennedys . He promised New York to Carolyn Kennedy in exchange for Teddy;s help. WE all know Clinton is not an admirer of Obama. There is a deal somewhere?

    October 14, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Larry_Craig

    Folks wake-up!
    Romney just wants to be the president. He will say and do anything to get there. He will throw his mom under the bus and can care little about most Americans. The guy has been at it for more than 8 years and will not go away.
    – He is a tax cheat!
    – He is a liar and will say anything to get elected
    -He will destroy America as we know it (just like Bush: sold America to his friends)
    -His VP is a proof of his intent.

    October 14, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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