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Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run
WHIO ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry

Posted on 08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT by xzins

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make any decisions until after the November elections.

An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa which will be holding the first presidential contests of 2016.

Although Portman and his aides say he is currently focused on running for re-election in 2016, the first-term senator has long had ambitions for national office.

Portman campaigned Tuesday in New Hampshire on behalf of Republican Scott Brown, who is challenging Sen. Jean Shaheen, D-N.H. But Portman also made a separate appearance earlier in the day in Manchester, N.H., fueling intense speculation that he plans to run for president.

Although a source close to Portman stressed that the Ohio Republican has not officially decided to run for the White House or even form an exploratory committee, forming an exploratory committee is the first major move made by presidential candidates in both parties.

He also is a regular on cable TV shows and is the chief fund-raiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. If Republicans seize control of the Senate in November, Portman will receive much of the credit because of the millions of dollars he has raised on behalf of GOP candidates.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016gopprimary; bushbot; portman; portman2016
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1 posted on 08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT by xzins
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More power to him. It will split the establishment vote.

Portman was my former congressman from the Ohio 2nd. At that time he was a died in the wool conservative. He got elevated by the Bushes, and apparently infected at the same time.

He’s establishment now...it seems.

Maybe he’s a conservative Manchurian candidate splitting the vote with establishment types, but who cares about conspiracy, because he WILL split the establishment vote.

Go for it, Rob. Beat that Mitt!


2 posted on 08/28/2014 6:30:07 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

He’s a stalking horse, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s for Mitt


3 posted on 08/28/2014 6:34:02 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: xzins

Oh, I thought it was Natalie.


4 posted on 08/28/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: xzins

Anybody but Mitt in 2016. Mitt is a gentleman and nice guy but does not have the personality to fight hand to hand combat in presidential politics.

I like Jindal but he is also too mild mannered. I had enough of country club republicans with their mild manners.


5 posted on 08/28/2014 6:36:22 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst & laziest president ever, any RINO would be better than this POS.)
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To: be-baw

If anything, he’s a Bushie. I’d think Jeb before Mitt.

We had a local Mitt Event during the last election, and the Mitt Spawn were supposed to show up on the Mitt Bus. Rob was to introduce them.

They didn’t show. Rob did a good job, but behind the scenes he didn’t look thrilled. Neither was our very conservative Republican group.


6 posted on 08/28/2014 6:37:57 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

yet another RINO being “urged”


7 posted on 08/28/2014 6:38:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: xzins

See, see, you mean-old so-con right-wingers! Portman’s our guy! Why, he’s the ONE Republican the Dems fear the most, I tell ya! Boy, are they shaking in their boots right now!


8 posted on 08/28/2014 6:40:17 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

he’s a turd


9 posted on 08/28/2014 6:42:26 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: entropy12

I’m not real sure what Portman brings to the race. Some budget experience. Some Senate experience. There was a time I’d have said that he brought stability, but I wonder about someone who gets so out of touch with his kids that he doesn’t know one of them is a homosexual. That doesn’t strike me as stability. It strikes me as absentee.


10 posted on 08/28/2014 6:42:37 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I have met him in several capacities.

Nice guy.
Policy wonk.
Exudes the charisma of a dead gerbil.
Picked last for dodge ball.
Sits when he pees.

But that is just my opinion, and I don’t feel strongly about it.


11 posted on 08/28/2014 6:43:32 PM PDT by Lowell1775
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To: xzins

If Portman becomes President, the LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE IN AMERICA, slowly started by Obama will be complete.


12 posted on 08/28/2014 6:44:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: ronnie raygun

I know he’s lower than pond scum. But I was paraphrasing the thinking of the RINO establishment.


13 posted on 08/28/2014 6:45:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: xzins

https://www.billwhittle.com

There are better options.


14 posted on 08/28/2014 6:45:46 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (A Psalm in napalm...)
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To: GeronL

please no, for crying out loud


15 posted on 08/28/2014 6:46:03 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: xzins
Portman; close enough:


16 posted on 08/28/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

is there not a conservative which can run. These homosexual , amnesty girlie guys need to stop


17 posted on 08/28/2014 6:47:26 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: xzins

Pro-sodomy. A deal killer.


18 posted on 08/28/2014 6:47:55 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: xzins
Flashback:

Conservatives: Not So Fast on Portman for VP


19 posted on 08/28/2014 6:48:58 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: xzins

Let’s not forget that this tool was against homo marriage until he found out his daughter was a homo—then he changed his mind and is now for it! He would not get my vote.


20 posted on 08/28/2014 6:49:15 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, wasn't there!)
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To: SgtHooper

Yes, but I’d love to have him split the establishment primary vote.


21 posted on 08/28/2014 6:50:51 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: be-baw

OK so now its going to be Jeb, Mitt and Rob for the elites.


22 posted on 08/28/2014 6:51:46 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: xzins

Yeah cause we don’t have enough pro-fag/fag friendly candidates yet.


23 posted on 08/28/2014 6:54:18 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Jeb, Mitt, Robb will make it easier for ONE conservative candidate to beat. But, knowing conservatives, we’ll have 11 of them in the race.


24 posted on 08/28/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Slump Tester

If only conservatives could settle ahead of time on just one candidate.


25 posted on 08/28/2014 6:55:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

He’s pro-fag marriage.

He can take his degenerate views and go choke to death.


26 posted on 08/28/2014 6:57:41 PM PDT by greene66
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To: xzins

Hopefully we will have a Cruz/West ticket running against a a Warren/Grayson one. Can anyone think of a more psychotic pair than Warren and Grayson?


27 posted on 08/28/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT by mothball
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To: xzins

From what little I know about Portman, my thinking is he has no enemies in GOP. He gets along with establishment types and does not offend conservatives like Romney or Jeb Bush can. I have also not seen much charisma and fire in the belly emanating from him, but like I said, I have not seen much of him.


28 posted on 08/28/2014 6:59:43 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst & laziest president ever, any RINO would be better than this POS.)
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To: entropy12

Portman sux...another establishment RINOtard


29 posted on 08/28/2014 7:04:34 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: entropy12

Portman hasn’t got the personality either. Plus he is pro-gay marriage.


30 posted on 08/28/2014 7:04:55 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: SgtHooper

That would be his son.


31 posted on 08/28/2014 7:06:10 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: xzins
If the POS 0bama proved anything, then he proves the prerequisite for being POTUS is a few terms as a state governor. An executive familiar with naming heads of agencies and then managing the results. Portman? No.
32 posted on 08/28/2014 7:09:07 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: xzins

Dullsville! Bet he’ll put us all to sleep in a debate where he would agree with the democrat and criticize the Tea party


33 posted on 08/28/2014 7:09:40 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: xzins

Ryan filled in for hannity today. They had prepped callers who made statements that set up Ryan to talk up Portman and talk down repealing obamacare. Sure hope most republicans are smarter than democrats and see through the lies. I’m so over the Republican Party. We need either a third party or Jesus to come back real soon.


34 posted on 08/28/2014 7:19:42 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: xzins

A Portman run for the presidency would be as exciting as a Bob Dole run for the presidency.

Maybe even less exciting.


35 posted on 08/28/2014 7:29:20 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Linda Frances; Jet Jaguar; SkyPilot

I choose the Jesus Option!

(I couldn’t believe that Hannity would put traitor Ryan in his anchor chair. We veterans despise Ryan, the author of “Stab Your Retiree and Disabled Veterans in the Back For Dummies”!)


36 posted on 08/28/2014 7:36:26 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

To hell with Portman. He is in bed with homo marriage.


37 posted on 08/28/2014 7:54:00 PM PDT by ohioman
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Probably, unless he’s trusting in grace.

That aside, I’m glad to see him splitting the establishment vote.


38 posted on 08/28/2014 7:55:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

We need a governor who know how to manage a budget and is held accountable for a large budget.

Senators tend to have god complexes and turn out to be wacky executives.


39 posted on 08/28/2014 7:57:12 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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If it is someone from Ohio, I'd much rather have Kasich than Portman. There was a time where being a U.S. senator virtually eliminated you from becoming president - we need to go back to those times.
40 posted on 08/28/2014 8:02:18 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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I agree with both thoughts, although there isn’t much difference anymore between Portman and Kasich. Kasich does have leadership experience, though.

It did make me wonder if Portman cleared this with Kasich first.


41 posted on 08/28/2014 8:04:30 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: gwgn02

Rinotard like Portman would have been 100 times better than the POS golfing from the WH right now.


42 posted on 08/28/2014 8:07:25 PM PDT by entropy12 (Let's suffer thru 2 more years of Obummer to make "principled" conservatives happy.)
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To: ohioman

So is Hillary, Obummer and 99.999% of Democrats. In no way, shape or form I will help the democrats who are not only for homo-marriage, they are also for abortions on demand and open borders.


43 posted on 08/28/2014 8:09:50 PM PDT by entropy12 (Let's suffer thru 2 more years of Obummer to make "principled" conservatives happy.)
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To: xzins
Talk about as boring as watching paint dry! We need a governor or an executive office holder of some sort. At least a person who has a verifiable pulse.

A guy who doesn't have the energy to remain in a conservative marriage debate because his son sashays out of the closet is no conservative. Just like a pro-lifer who turns pro-choice when their mistress gets pregnant is not pro-life.

44 posted on 08/28/2014 8:19:13 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: entropy12

I like Jindal as well. I think he could actually do very well.

Kind of a fast talker though.


45 posted on 08/28/2014 8:21:31 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: xzins

who?

never heard of him

if he had done anything relevant to being a conservative leader, it would have happened by now


46 posted on 08/28/2014 8:27:33 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: xzins

This is the worst idea ever, even worse that a rerun of Romney/Ryan.


47 posted on 08/28/2014 8:55:00 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: entropy12

Have you forgotten that he’s pro-fake marriage? NO DICE..


48 posted on 08/28/2014 8:57:16 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

Let the RINO vote get heavily divided, everyone else back Ted Cruz!


49 posted on 08/28/2014 8:59:02 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: JSDude1
even worse that a rerun of Romney/Ryan.

That would be hard to top.

50 posted on 08/28/2014 8:59:55 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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