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Fri July 18, 2014
Portman Talks More About Possible Presidential Bid
Republican U.S Senator Rob Portman of Ohio gave reporters yesterday more details about what it would take for him to run for president.
M.L. Schultze of member station WKSU in Kent reports.
The first question on Portman's regular call with Ohio reporters this week went back to last weeks call: What has reaction been to his saying he could be open to running for president?
And he started his answer as he had ended last weeks. Hes most interested in running for re-election as Ohio senator.
But he also said his party needs a candidate who knows how to sell the partys pro-growth message to broader audience.
If you look at whats happened in the last few presidential elections. Republicans are losing ground among groups like Hispanics, African Americans, Millennials, young people, Asian Americans, women. So theres a great opportunity for us to take that message which is a positive pro-growth messageto everyone and to say that this party has the answers to give people more opportunity and more hope.
Democrats tried to out-maneuver Republicans with one of those potential audiences this week: women. They pushed a bill to overturn the Supreme Courts Hobby Lobby decision, which said companies have a religious freedom right to exclude some types of contraception from their employees health insurance.