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Ohio Sens. Brown and Portman meet with, support VA nominee McDonald
Former head of P&G begins the rounds with senators
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Both Ohio senators are endorsing the VA nominee, citing his corporate and military background.
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Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators met today with the man nominated to become the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. Both are strong supporters. And, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, both say it’s not because he used to run one of the biggest companies in Ohio – but rather how he ran it.

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The West Point grad and former head of Proctor & Gamble, Bob McDonald, began his series of informal get-togethers this week with the senators who will have to confirm him. Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman were among them. 

Brown underscored the military training: 

“He understands the code of honor that comes out of west point, and apparently a small number of management people at the VA apparently broke that code of honor. He also knows that 10 eyara ago the president and the Congress – when they took the country to war – frankly and  in my mind shamefully failed to scale up the VA to take care of the very serious injuries that have been visited on far too many soldiers and marines and air men and women." 

Portman underscored more hands-on management: 

“The software system, the scheduling system. That may sound kind of technical but it very much affects our veterans. It’s a huge complex organization that’s not being properly managed and run. He’s a guy who has managed complex organizations. He had a particular focus on Proctor and Gamble in making it a digital company and that’s what needed now is someone who’s really is willing to roll up his sleeves, hands-on approach to making these systems work better for our veterans.” 

The confirmation hearing for McDonald has not yet been scheduled. But Brown predicts he’ll be confirmed easily. He’s a registered Repbulican, nominated by a Democratic president.

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