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Sleeper: Senator Rob Jones Portman (R-OH)

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Back in Election 2008, Senator Rob Portman appeared on Mitt Romney’s VP candidate list when many believed that Portman should have been on the Presidential short list himself. What Rob Portman has going for him is his ability to communicate and to collaborate. He is what some may call a “trusted Republican,” someone who will bend but who will not break with traditional party values. This article reexamines Portman’s credentials. Why take a look, now? One reason is that he is being showcased at an American Enterprise Institute event on May 13th.

“A foundation for prosperity: An address by Sen. Rob Portman

May 13, 2014 | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

AEI, Twelfth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

Please join Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) for an address that looks at constructive reforms to how we approach drug addiction, recidivism, and other issues that will allow us to begin to break the cycle of poverty that too many Americans still live in.”

“Recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after he has either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or has been treated or trained to extinguish that behavior.”

One might advise the Senator to consider some more exciting topics, but nonetheless, we’ll make the most of it.

What Americans are looking for in Election 2016 are candidates who have successful managerial skills and who have had both private sector and public sector experience. If the overall job of President of the United States is to optimize return on national resources, then voters need to consider qualifications that indicate that candidates can be superior performers accomplishing that. Correct? Robert Portman is a trained lawyer who has been a trade representative and director of the office of management and budget. That is powerful and relevant experience. He served in the first Bush administration. He and his family owned the Golden Lamb Restaurant in Lebanon Ohio where they serve great food in an old hotel where many past Presidents once slept. He is described as a “center-right” Republican, which means that he has broad appeal among the GOP. Because he comes from an entrepreneurial family, he is keen on that.

He grew up in an apolitical family, but became more Republican and conservative as his education continued. He worked for a congressional campaign and got the bug for politics. He met his wife, Jane Dudley on a canoe trip. She was a Democrat and had to convert to being a Republican and Methodist to marry Portman according to a Wiki description.

One major drawback is that he was an economic advisor to George W. Bush. That didn’t pan out so well, did it?

In the end, Rob Portman should be back on the list of Vice Presidential candidates. He and Meg Whitman would make a winning ticket.



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