Portman Says No To Presidential Run
Senator Rob Portman says he’s not running for President:
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he is not running for president in 2016, ending speculation around the centrist Ohio senator.
“I don’t think I can run for president and be an effective senator at the same time,” he said in a statement late Monday night, announcing that he will be seeking reelection to the Senate in 2016.
Portman was mentioned as a GOP vice presidential pick in 2012 and comes from the crucial swing state of Ohio. He said that he hoped to make progress in the Senate on issues like tax reform, increasing exports and energy production.
Portman also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.
Portman supports gay marriage, a stance that could have been a point of contention in a Republican presidential primary.
“It really wasn’t a factor,” he told The Associated Press Monday night. “Some people say it would have hurt me. Some people say it would have helped me. The country is obviously moving on that issue.
Instead, Portman will run for re-election in Ohio, which could be a difficult task in a Presidential year but most assuredly an easier one than running for President. Alternatively, of course, we could see another candidate from Ohio emerge in the form of recently re-elected Governor John Kaisch. Additionally, assuming the nominee is someone other than Kaisch Portman’s name is likely to be on the short list for Vice-President just as it apparently was in 2012.