Maybe-veep-pick Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) jumped on the dueling speeches in his home state today between President Obama and Mitt Romney (aka the man who might pick the senator to be his No. 2 as the campaign stresses Ohio is so very important). Here’s the campaign-y statement just released by Portman.
“After nearly four years of President Obama’s policies, Ohioans are still struggling as they try to make ends meet in the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
“The President wrongly seems to think that all we need to do to grow the economy is to grow government. We know that won’t work as the most recent jobs report has shown. Yet the President has tried to blame the bad economic news on everything except his policies. Clearly, his stimulus hasn’t worked, nor has the class warfare, anti-business rhetoric or his big government approach.
“We can do better. Washington needs leadership to get the country back on track by enacting pro-growth tax reform, regulatory relief and a new national energy plan that uses our own resources in Ohio and around the country.”
Yesterday, Portman also penned a Politico op-ed about how Obama’s economic policies aren’t working. This week, the senator also spoke at the opening of the Faith & Freedom Conference, has been pushing an amendment on Health and Human Services taxpayer-funded ObamaCare PR, and introduced an anti-earmark bill with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
“I think they all know there’s no state that is more important than Ohio, and we’re counting on them to do their best and we know they will,” senior Romney strategist Russ Schriefer told reporters yesterday when asked about Ohio Republican infighting.