Sen. Rob Portman: Romney can ‘win the presidency without Ohio’

By David Edwards
Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:40 EDT
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Rob Portman speaks to ABC
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), a surrogate for Mitt Romney, claimed on Sunday that the Republican presidential nominee could win the White House without carrying Ohio in November — even though no GOP candidate had ever won without the “Buckeye State.”

During an interview on ABC News, senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper observed that President Barack Obama continued to have a comfortable lead of 6 points in Ohio, even after his poor performance in the first presidential debate.

“He can probably win the presidency without Ohio, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk,” Portman insisted. “No Republican has. And we’re doing great in Ohio. If you look at the average of all the polls, it’s about dead even in Ohio right now. And importantly, the momentum is on our side.”

“It’s turning our way. I think that’s why you’re going to see the president continue to attack, not focus on the substances of the issues that people care about, but instead continue the attack because things are not going their way right now.”

Listen to this ABC’s This Week, recorded Oct. 14, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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