Senator Rob Portman was my guest this morning. He’s quietly built a commanding lead ofver a flailing, failing Ted Strickland, the defeated (and failed) former governor of Ohio, but Harry Reid is throwing tens of millions at Portman because the Senate simply doesn’t run blue if Portman wins re-election. Send him a contribution via www.RobPortman.com, and follow him on Twitter: @robportman.
HH: As all of you across the United States know, though, that the most important United States Senate race is in my home state of Ohio. It features incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman, author, among other things, of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, and just generally regarded as one of the workhorses in the United States Senate against the former failed governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, referred by me as Retread Ted. The Real Clear average, Real Clear Politics average of polls in the state shows Rob Portman up 5.8. The most recent poll, Quinnipiac, shows Rob Portman extending his lead to 9 points. Senator Portman joins me this morning from Ohio. Senator, welcome, good to speak to you.
RP: Hugh, thanks for having me on.
HH: Is it true that Harry Reid is spending $25-40 million dollars against you? They want the Buckeye State so badly to go blue?
RP: Yeah, I think we’re the target, Hugh, and it makes sense, because probably the majority in Congress, in the United States Senate, will be determined by a couple of states, and one is Ohio. So yeah, the Democrats have spent more money in Ohio than any other state, and Harry Reid’s PAC in particular has been running negative attack ads which happen to be false as well non-stop. So you know, we’re being targeted, but we’re also responding. And we’ve got a great grassroots effort, as you know from having been in Ohio. We’ve got thousands of volunteers. We had 1,500 folks helping us as volunteers over the weekend contacting over 100,000 Ohioans with door knocks and phone calls. So we’re fighting back on the ground, and I’m really excited about the campaign, because we’re getting a lot of good response. Continue Reading