U.S. Sen. Rob Portman stopped in Toledo today as part of his “Countdown to Victory” RV tour. Portman’s blue RV has become a familiar site at his Sylvania Avenue campaign office.
Portman, a Republican, is seeking a second six-year term. His opponent is Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Here he's introduced by Lucas County Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook.
The Portman “Countdown to Victory” tour that started today is planned to make 80 stops in 35 counties and cover 4,000 miles, according to the campaign. Stops will include 12 college campuses.
Today’s goal: to make 150,000 voter contacts in one day, according to Michawn Rich, the campaign spokeswoman.
“We have built the most advanced grassroots organization in Ohio history and are excited to launch our campaign's 'Countdown to Victory' RV tour - which will have more stops than Ted has made in the last six months - to highlight the results Rob has delivered for Ohio families," Rich said.
"We will be joined by members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who have endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who - just like Ohio newspapers - agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation.While Ted Strickland continues to run his low-energy, 'invisible' campaign, we are proud to work with our impressive team of volunteers and interns who have helped us contact more than 4.6 million voters since May of last year," Rich said.
Strickland’s campaigning today takes him to Findlay in Hancock County and on Sunday to Bowling Green. The Strickland “Ohio is Not for Sale” tour. Strickland was in Toledo two weeks ago with Gloria Steinem.
“At each stop, Strickland will lay out the stakes in this election and highlight how he’ll fight for working people in the Senate -- in contrast to Senator Portman who has been propped up by millions of dollars in campaign spending from his rich and powerful friends in exchange for pushing their agenda at the expense of Ohioans who actually work for a living,” according to the Strickland campaign.