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Sen. Rob Portman Stops By the RNC To Campaign

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KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

  US Sen. Rob Portman is facing a tough re-election fight this year – and some Ohio Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy may drag down Portman’s chances to beat Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland.

The incumbent popped in to Quicken Loans Arena for a little campaigning on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Portman spent the day doing volunteer and campaign activities instead of spending time at the convention. But he says he wanted to visit the delegates, who he described as his strongest supporters. 

Portman said he was aware of the squabble over anti-Trump proposals that had some delegates walking out in protest, but then returning to the floor.

“My sense is that there were some differences of opinions aired, but maybe that will mean now going forward people have had the chance to make their views known and we can move ahead as a party,” he said.

Portman is not on the convention speakers’ list, though he has endorsed Trump.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.