Sen. Portman Will Not Ask Trump to Join Him on Campaign Trail

Senator Rob Portman [photo: Mark Urycki / ideastream]
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With Donald Trump the apparent Republican Presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton leading in the Democratic race, Senator Rob Portman says it’s important for this party to be unified.

"Overall, I think, given the alternative," Portman said, "Donald Trump is my preference over Hillary Clinton."

But Portman does not intend to ask Trump to campaign with him in his tight re-election bid against former Ohio governor Ted Strickland.

"No, as I’ve said from the start, regardless of who the candidate at the top was, we’re running a really strong independent campaign.  I’m going to continue to be an independent voice for Ohio.  I will not agree w/Donald Trump on every issue," Portman said.

Republican leaders have expressed concern that Trump at the top of the GOP ticket could hurt their down ticket candidates, including Portman.

A recent statement from Strickland’s campaign manager said, “We’d like to welcome Senator Portman to his election nightmare.”

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