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Senate Majority PAC Launches $1.1M Buy

Portman is running radio ads trying Strickland to Obama in coal country.

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Andrea Drusch
June 15, 2016, 10:14 a.m.

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC launched a $1.1 million TV ad criticizing Sen. Rob Portman (R) for “[leading] the fight to give permanent trade status to China.” A narrator says Portman voted for eight trade deals, resulting in a loss of 300,000 jobs for Ohio. It goes on to praise former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) for voting against “unfair trade deals.”

The latest buy comes “on top of $9.5 million in ad time that SMP reserved between September and Election Day.” It will start airing on broadcast and cable in Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown in the coming days. (Cleveland.com)

TARGETED MESSAGING. Portman launched a radio ad in Southeast Ohio slamming Strickland as a “staunch supporter of Obama’s war on coal.” A narrator says Strickland, who was born there and represented the region in Congress, “turned his back on Ohio coal families, taking a $250,000 a year job for a liberal Washington group that lobbied for the War on Coal.” The ad will run for the next month. (release)

POLICY. “Portman said Tuesday he favors a federal ban on weapons sales to those on the U.S. terrorist watch list, even though he voted against a similar proposal last year.”

Portman said that “in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings … he feels such a ban is justified as long as there is a way for people mistakenly added to the watch list to remove themselves from it.” (Cleveland.com)

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