News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics

Ohio's Sen. Portman: Don't read presidential ambitions into his speech at Romney's
Former GOP presidential candidate is matching donors and 2016 prospects this weekend in Utah

Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
Portman called for "constructive conservatism" in a speech about poverty at the American Enterprise Institute.
Courtesy of File photo
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be speaking to Republican donors at Mitt Romney’s Utah retreat this weekend in what’s viewed as a trial run for Republican presidential candidates. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the first-term senator says don’t read too much into it.

LISTEN: Portman's speech themes

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:56)

Portman says he’s still writing the speech. But he knows it will detail ideas to stimulate the economy – as well as cautions about the need for his party to recognize that no matter how strong that economy is, some people will need help. 

(I’m going to) “talk about ideas and ways to combat poverty, talk about drug addiction in that context, but also the work I’ve done with ex-offenders. I’m going to talk about how we need a plan to grow this economy to put people back to work, and until the Republican party does a better job communicating that and many people understand that we do have serious and workable ideas, it’s difficult for us to win elections in a presidential year.” 

Portman was on Mitt Romney’s short list for vice presidential candidate in 2012. But he says nothing about his own presidential aspirations for 2013 should be read into this weekend’s appearance. He says his primary concern is seeing the GOP win control of the Senate this year.

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

New options in Ohio for secular wedding ceremonies
Hello Mike, I support this action. I was not previously aware of the difficulty couples may encounter in locating officials to serve in their non-religious mar...

Northeast Ohio prepares for the next refugees -- whoever they may be
What a better place to place refugees than in the Midwest cities that have a steady population decline. These refugees will bring much to the culture and the ec...

Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
I work for a former White Hat charter school; it was sold to another (for-profit) company this past summer and we were told that they would not pay into STRS/PE...

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University