Why He Matters
Despite the raging anti-incumbent mood of voters across the country, Portman, a Republican, ran for the U.S. Senate in the swing state of Ohio with a resume steeped in Washington experience, including stints in Congress, the White House and the federal bureaucracy. He defeated Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) in the 2010 general election.
Portman campaigned for Mitt Romney during the Ohio primary earlier this year, and is seen as one of the top candidates to be Romney’s running mate in the general election. This from The Fix’s Chris Cillizza:
“The Ohio Senator is the safe pick, having proven himself as an able candidate during his 2010 Senate victory and a strong surrogate in helping lead Romney to victory in the Ohio primary earlier this month. Portman’s prior experience — he served as the head of the Office of Management and Budget in the Bush Administration — is a double-edged sword for Romney. Portman is unquestionably an expert on budget matters but he was also part of an Administration that drastically ballooned the national debt. Portman seems virtually certain to be in the final three when decision time comes for Romney.”