Portman is Getting Endorsements from Unions

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman is enjoying a surge of momentum lately by earning the endorsement of several union groups, which typically support the Democratic nominee. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- other unions are doubling down on their support of Ted Strickland.

So far four labor unions are backing the Republican Senator Rob Portman in his re-election fight against Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. Portman says the groups like what he has to say about job development and regulations.

Portman: “Those kinds of issues union members care about, on the trade front they want to have a shot at their own American dream.”

A large majority of Ohio’s unions still back Strickland however, and although they’ve already announced their endorsements, groups like Tim Burga’s AFL-CIO are echoing their support.

Burga: “Rob Portman has been wrong and Ted Strickland has been right.”

Strickland says the unions supporting Portman are trying to get the best deal possible on pending pension deals.

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