Rob Portman: Ohio senator deserves your vote

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is “fighting President Obama every step of the way,” in Washington, D.C.

Those words came from his challenger in the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. While Democrat Strickland may have thought he was delivering a zinger to Portman during their most recent debate, Ohio voters were cheering, because they know Portman is fighting Obama on their behalf.

For years, Portman has served Ohio, and the rest of the country, by bringing his mindset as a “deficit hawk” to both the Senate and his roles as U.S. Trade Representative and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. At every step he has pushed for balanced budgets and accountability, while encouraging government to remove barriers to economic development.

Ohioans can appreciate Portman’s desire to repeal and replace Obamacare, his support of common sense protection of the Second Amendment, and his understanding that conventional energy sources like coal and natural gas must still be a vital part of what powers Ohio and the U.S. as we responsibly develop alternative resources and find ways to use less electricity. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee he is able to sponsor bills that support all energy workers, rather than kick most of them while they are already down.

Portman can do this kind of work for Ohio because he knows how to work with even those who do not always agree with him. Though Strickland may believe Washington is a land of Liberals vs. the rest of us, Portman has quietly been able to write 45 bills that became law. That is quite a trick in a place as confrontational and confused as Washington.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel endorses Rob Portman to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate because Americans — not just those living in the Buckeye State — need his calm approach to government that is fiscally responsible without being heavy handed, and does not believe bureaucrats and politicians always know better than we, the people.