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February 20, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
As Mitt Romney slammed GOP rival Rick Santorum for repeatedly voting to raise the debt ceiling on Tuesday, he was standing alongside  Sen. Rob Portman  of Ohio who has  also cast several ballots to raise the cap on the nation's debt. The former Massachusetts governor praised Portman for not being like other Republicans who went to Washington and embraced the capital's free-spending ways. "We have in Washington a malady that affects so many there -- not your senator, but many others, who somehow think it's OK to spend money that they don't have," Romney told the employees of a medical device manufacture gathered in the suburb of Cincinnati.
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June 24, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman, is angry with a Republican senator for -- supporting gay marriage? Yes, sort of. Rob Portman of Ohio changed his viewpoint on same-sex marriage three months ago, and in doing so referred to the thought process he had been going through since learning that his son was gay. According to the Huffington Post, Frank said that Portman's change of heart doesn't “count” because it...
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March 15, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Andrea Lafferty, the president of the Traditional Values Coalition, says something offensive about gays and lesbians practically every time she speaks on the subject. Nevertheless, she hit a new low Friday in her response to conservative Republican Sen. Rob Portman's disclosure Thursday that he now supports same-sex marriage. The op-ed Portman (R-Ohio) wrote for the Columbus Dispatch offers a perfect argument for conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex couples taking vows.
OPINION
March 21, 2013 | Meghan Daum
The other day, I stumbled across a conversation about homosexuality on a local Christian radio station. There were three people talking, and after the predictable hemming and hawing about loving the sinner and hating the sin (though in this case, the sin and sinner seemed so inextricably linked when it comes to sexual activity that the distinction was largely irrelevant), one of them homed in on a grand observation. "Notice how you don't see many images of older people in gay literature and media.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman,  is partisan but not combative, youthful but not inexperienced, and a world traveler who also knows his way around Washington. A reliable social and fiscal conservative who has environmentalist credibility as a former board member of the Nature Conservancy, he's been an international trade lawyer, a member of a presidential Cabinet and a diplomat. He has kayaked both the Yangtze River in China and the House pool. But maybe the most salient aspect about Portman as Mitt Romney zeroes in on a running mate is this: He is a well-liked native son of a battleground state that could easily make the difference between success or failure in November.
OPINION
April 26, 2012 | Doyle McManus
The "Veepstakes" are on - but the smart money says they're already over. Like belles at a debutante ball, up-and-coming Republican politicians are lining up to campaign with Mitt Romney, hoping to catch his eye as a suitable choice for vice president. And Romney has an intriguing list of choices, some of them honest-to-God exciting. There's Sen. Marco Rubio, the "tea party" darling from swing-state Florida who just happens to be Latino. There's Chris Christie, the volcanic (and rotund)
BUSINESS
April 29, 2005
* Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) agreed to drop his opposition to President Bush's nomination of Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to be the next U.S. trade representative, allowing Portman to face a full Senate confirmation vote.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
NORFOLK, Va. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his vice presidential pick official Saturday morning, announcing via smartphone app that he had chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. In less than two hours, the two men will make a joint appearance at the battleship Wisconsin, a retired military vessel. Labeling the pair “America's Comeback Team,” Romney's campaign sent out Ryan's biography, noting that the seven-term congressman was 28 when he first entered congress and chairs the House Budget Committee.
OPINION
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP senator says he now supports same-sex marriage," March 16 Thank you, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for waking up to the fact that there are people in this country different from you. This is the exact reason I believe politicians should be required to take a diversity training course like the one educator and activist Jane Elliott teaches to children and adults as documented in the PBS program "A Class Divided. " In fact, go live in the world you are making decisions about before handing down pronouncements about other people's lives.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
WEST LEBANON, N.H. - Mitt Romney briefly emerged from intensive debate preparations to explicitly make the argument Wednesday that has been the subtext of his campaign for months: Americans aren't better off today than they were four years ago. During a quick stop for pizza at Lui Lui restaurant in West Lebanon, Romney told the small pool of reporters he had read the texts of a number of the first-day speeches at the Democratic National Convention and...
OPINION
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP senator says he now supports same-sex marriage," March 16 Thank you, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for waking up to the fact that there are people in this country different from you. This is the exact reason I believe politicians should be required to take a diversity training course like the one educator and activist Jane Elliott teaches to children and adults as documented in the PBS program "A Class Divided. " In fact, go live in the world you are making decisions about before handing down pronouncements about other people's lives.
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The country isn't facing an immediate debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday, but he argued that Congress and the president must reform entitlements to avert one that lies dead ahead. “We all know that we have one looming,” Boehner said on ABC's “This Week”. “And we have one looming because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They're going to go bankrupt.” Boehner expressed agreement with Obama's statement in an ABC interview the other day that the debt doesn't present "an immediate crisis.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has become one of the most prominent elected Republicans to announce his support for same-sex marriage, a "change of heart" that he said began when his son told him that he was gay. Portman, who was on Mitt Romney's shortlist of potential running mates in 2012, told CNN on Thursday that he views his new stance as consistent with his political philosophy, "including family values, including being a conservative who...
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Andrea Lafferty, the president of the Traditional Values Coalition, says something offensive about gays and lesbians practically every time she speaks on the subject. Nevertheless, she hit a new low Friday in her response to conservative Republican Sen. Rob Portman's disclosure Thursday that he now supports same-sex marriage. The op-ed Portman (R-Ohio) wrote for the Columbus Dispatch offers a perfect argument for conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex couples taking vows.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
WEST LEBANON, N.H. - Mitt Romney briefly emerged from intensive debate preparations to explicitly make the argument Wednesday that has been the subtext of his campaign for months: Americans aren't better off today than they were four years ago. During a quick stop for pizza at Lui Lui restaurant in West Lebanon, Romney told the small pool of reporters he had read the texts of a number of the first-day speeches at the Democratic National Convention and...
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
NORFOLK, Va. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his vice presidential pick official Saturday morning, announcing via smartphone app that he had chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. In less than two hours, the two men will make a joint appearance at the battleship Wisconsin, a retired military vessel. Labeling the pair “America's Comeback Team,” Romney's campaign sent out Ryan's biography, noting that the seven-term congressman was 28 when he first entered congress and chairs the House Budget Committee.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
In case you were wondering, Mitt Romney still makes time to fit in his own grocery shopping. The presumed Republican nominee has taken very little time off after his week-long foreign tour to England, Israel and Poland, resuming his normal campaign schedule after just one day to recover from jet lag in Boston. But he made a brief public appearance Monday near his summer retreat in Wolfeboro, N.H. - slipping into town to swing by his favorite hardware store and the grocery store.
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