Interview with Senator Rob Portman

By This Week, This Week - October 14, 2012

By Jake Tapper@jaketapperFind on FacebookFollow on Twitter


Speaking to me this morning on “This Week,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney could “probably” win the White House without a victory in the Buckeye State, a feat that no other Republican has accomplished.

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

Portman was responding to a recent poll I asked him about that showed Romney trailing the president by six points in Ohio.

I also asked Portman – who is helping prep Romney by playing Obama in mock debates – what we should expect on Tuesday, during the second presidential debate. He predicted that Obama would come out “swinging.”

“I think President Obama is gonna come out swinging.  I think he’s gonna have to compensate for a poor first debate, and I think that’ll be consistent with what they’ve been doing this whole campaign, Jake, which is running a highly negative ad campaign,” Portman said. “They’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars around the country, including a lot in Ohio, mischaracterizing Governor Romney’s positions and misrepresenting him.  And I think you’ll see that again at the debate on Tuesday night.”

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User Comments

Actually hes wrong.

Obama could win without Ohio though.

Posted by: Joedy | October 14, 2012, 10:37 am 10:37 am

All the polls show Romney ahead in the swing states. I think we are seeing Reagan-Carter all over again.

Posted by: real_hope_and_change | October 14, 2012, 10:49 am 10:49 am

Romney is No Reagan not even close.

Nixon is the guy he reminds people of most.

And Romney is far from winning all the swing states…including Ohio.

Posted by: Joedy | October 14, 2012, 10:55 am 10:55 am

Probabilities vary from minus one (none) to plus one (for sure). So yes there is a probability of Romney winning; minus one……

Posted by: scrub-brush | October 14, 2012, 11:00 am 11:00 am

……. can we say “desperation”???

Posted by: Jeff | October 14, 2012, 11:13 am 11:13 am

Obama has runied our country…Romney in a landslide….Unless Obama buses in his ghetto pals..

Posted by: arrogantbo | October 14, 2012, 11:28 am 11:28 am

MITT ROMNEY IS A CULTIST NUTJOB!! People, let’s not forget that Mitt Romney is part of a “cult” that believes that “Jesus was the spiritual brother of Satan”. I kid you not! These people are are completely whacked! If you call yourself a Christian and support this clown, you are either nuts or a hypocrite. Do yourself a favor and get educated on the so-called Mormon religion and you will find a lot more of this kind of blasphemous crap! We can’t allow a man that is spiritually bankrupt to sit in the Oval Office. He’s nuts…..plain and simple!

Posted by: Dan Johnson | October 14, 2012, 11:37 am 11:37 am

Joedy seems pretty unhinged after 4 years of Hope and Change. Four more will get him committed.

Posted by: Duh | October 14, 2012, 11:41 am 11:41 am

Lets see 2000-2008 republicans borrow borrow borrow for wars,tax cuts. policies…Almost destroy our nation after being handed a surplus.

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