ABC News felt compelled to run this headline: Rob Portman Says No To 2016 Presidential Race.
My initial thought: “Who is Rob Portman?
It’s not even 2015, and the 2016 presidential race already has its first dropout.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican who was once considered a top contender to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, said in a statement early Tuesday morning that he would not seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Instead, he said, “I have decided to run for re-election in 2016. I am excited about continuing to serve, especially with the change in the Senate leadership.”
Who cares? Maybe people in Ohio. Maybe his mother, if she lives in Ohio. No one else.
“With the new Republican majority, I see a real opportunity over the next two years to break the gridlock in Washington and actually get things done to help Ohioans and all Americans.
Really? He thinks the Republicans can break the gridlock in Washington. He thinks Obama is ready to compromise.
My view: he should consider checking into the Betty Ford Clinic over Christmas.
He goes along to get along. We read on Wikipedia:
Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Cleveland said Portman, “compared to other Republicans, is pleasant and good to work with.” Additionally, during the first four years of the Bush Administration, Portman served as a liaison between Congressional Republicans and the White House. Portman voted for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002. Portman was known for his willingness to work with Democrats to ensure that important legislation was enacted.
He says he wants to stay in the Senate.
“That’s where I believe I can play the most constructive role,” he said. “I don’t think I can run for president and be an effective senator at the same time.”
I don’t think he should attempt to chew gum and walk at the same time. Here’s why:
In an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl earlier this fall, Portman said he was “taking a look” at a White House bid in 2016.
“I am concerned about the country, and I want to see who else jumps in,” the Ohio Republican told ABC News. “I think it’s a pivotal election so I am concerned enough that I am taking a look at it.”
Fortunately, he has stopped looking at it.
For now, Portman said, “I’m excited to roll up my sleeves to make a difference for the people of Ohio and the country. While I appreciate the encouragement I have received from many to run for president, my focus will remain on Ohio and running for re-election to the Senate in 2016.
Who encouraged him to run for President? Why?
Capitol Hill is a fantasy world. It encourages delusions. A man with zero name identification outside of Ohio thought he might be elected President, the way an unknown Senator from Illinois thought in 2007. Strange.