Skip to comments.Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run
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.
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!
He’s a stalking horse, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s for Mitt
Oh, I thought it was Natalie.
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.
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.
yet another RINO being “urged”
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!
he’s a turd
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.
I have met him in several capacities.
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.
If Portman becomes President, the LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE IN AMERICA, slowly started by Obama will be complete.
I know he’s lower than pond scum. But I was paraphrasing the thinking of the RINO establishment.
There are better options.
please no, for crying out loud
is there not a conservative which can run. These homosexual , amnesty girlie guys need to stop
Pro-sodomy. A deal killer.
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.
Yes, but I’d love to have him split the establishment primary vote.
OK so now its going to be Jeb, Mitt and Rob for the elites.
Yeah cause we don’t have enough pro-fag/fag friendly candidates yet.
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.
If only conservatives could settle ahead of time on just one candidate.
He’s pro-fag marriage.
He can take his degenerate views and go choke to death.
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?
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.
Portman sux...another establishment RINOtard
Portman hasn’t got the personality either. Plus he is pro-gay marriage.
That would be his son.
Dullsville! Bet he’ll put us all to sleep in a debate where he would agree with the democrat and criticize the Tea party
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.
A Portman run for the presidency would be as exciting as a Bob Dole run for the presidency.
Maybe even less exciting.
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”!)
To hell with Portman. He is in bed with homo marriage.
Probably, unless he’s trusting in grace.
That aside, I’m glad to see him splitting the establishment vote.
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.
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.
Rinotard like Portman would have been 100 times better than the POS golfing from the WH right now.
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.
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.
I like Jindal as well. I think he could actually do very well.
Kind of a fast talker though.
never heard of him
if he had done anything relevant to being a conservative leader, it would have happened by now
This is the worst idea ever, even worse that a rerun of Romney/Ryan.
Have you forgotten that he’s pro-fake marriage? NO DICE..
Let the RINO vote get heavily divided, everyone else back Ted Cruz!
That would be hard to top.