Turner, Mandel, and Portman Visit County

Advocate Staff Reports

Congressman Turner, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, and Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel visited Washington Court House on Tuesday for a “Commit to Mitt” rally.

Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, center, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, center, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Initially, Ohio Governor John Kasich was supposed to attend the rally, but had to cancel at the last minute.

“Governor Kasich regrets not being able to make it to Washington Court House,” said spokesperson Rob Nichols. “He made a last minute schedule change by traveling to northern Ohio to survey Hurricane Sandy damage where tens of thousands of people remain without power. He sends his apologies and wants the people to know that he will be back in Washington Court House soon.”

Just hours before the event, the Ohio Republican Party was able to schedule Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel as the keynote speaker. Also on the campaign trail was Senator Portman and Congressman Turner.

The rally was to convince attendees to vote for Mitt Romney, along with other republican candidates.

“A dramatic drop in temperature and cold rain did not stand in the way of Ohioans pouring into victory centers across the state today to voice their support for the Romney-Ryan ticket,” said Senator Rob Portman. “Under President Obama’s watch, Ohioan families have suffered through anemic economic growth, high unemployment, and record setting debt. They have six more days to avoid another four more years like the last, and they are coming out in droves to commit to Mitt early.”

After speaking, Portman yielded the microphone to Mandel, but not before saying that “Mandel’s election is Harry Reid’s worst nightmare”.

When Mandel took the stage, he spoke about his positive record as Ohio’s Treasurer.

“I’ve launched a top-bottom review of the Treasurer’s office that has resulted in millions in savings and streamlined government, allowing me to cut the budget and generate millions on surplus,” said Mandel.

Records show that the surplus was over $2 million for Ohio taxpayers since Mandel took office in 2011.

“I’m going to stand up to the Democratic political bosses, and also the Republican political bosses, to do what’s right for my boss. And my boss is the 11.5 million people in the state of Ohio,” he said.

President Barack Obama’s campaign responded to Turner, Mandel, and Portman’s visit by saying that the President has a plan to keep Ohio moving forward.

“President Obama has a plan to keep Ohio moving forward by creating an economy that has a strong middle class at its core, by supporting small businesses and keeping good-paying jobs here in Ohio, not outsourcing them overseas as Governor Romney has done at Bain capital,” said a campaign spokesperson.

“Governor Romney has presented a plan that includes $5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest, at the expense of the middle class, and would increase costs for seniors by changing Medicare into a voucher system, all while taking us back to the same trickle-down economic policies that caused the recession in the first place. Ohioans cannot afford the Romney-Ryan agenda and that’s why they’ll be voting for President Obama this November.”


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