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Tonight we continue our series running with Romney profiling the possible GOP vice presidential candidates.
This evening a swing state senator who concedes.
He's not that flash.
I happen to be watching colder.
Couple nights ago I was on the -- with my son who.
Has been pushing me for years to going to of course I never had the guts to go on Ohio senator Rob Portman did not -- -- -- Steven cold air show or to know how many people described him.
Nothing fires up the base like or -- you guys.
Romney doesn't want somebody who's gonna upstage him and just look at these two together it's like the bland leading the -- and maybe Rami should go with something Lander like headless Joseph A bank manager Dan.
Writes -- -- he'll white bread.
My kids love that so how do you respond well I'd I'd I'd like to think I'm a serious legislator and trying to get things done that's you know that's my goal in life is to get things done and it's it's not about sizzle for me you know and so.
I I think he.
It's fine I mean.
American made a decision 2008.
To go with the president.
Who did it sizzle and lucky -- he was kind of celebrity.
He also had a very compelling message.
Which was number this I'm gonna bring people together to solve problems.
And didn't happen because he didn't have -- experience.
He didn't have the record.
Didn't have the policies to do it so 2012 is the anti sizzle election I don't think.
Mitt Romney has -- -- don't -- him there on I think he's a dynamic guy.
Had again Romney is dynamic I think he you know he's.
He's gonna be well liked is he's got to -- better I think about Romney did at the Olympics only comes in.
The thing is rife with scandals and huge financial problems turns it around not by having a big ego and making it about him about working as a group to get things done.
And you know that's we need to do in this country right now.
Experience is something Portman has as well he's been around the block in Washington from a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office and the Office of Legislative Affairs to -- Congressman from Cincinnati.
To US trade representative.
And then budget director under president George W.
Many analysts see Portman as the safest of safe picks permit -- He you can govern he gets along well Romney.
And he is from Ohio vital states when my build at a point or two there could mean a lot of very close general election is also budget -- in Romney's a budget one so you have come about compatibility there the Robin's very well versed on economic issues and he's somebody in the press knows and has vetted so you don't get the shock and -- Prize -- that.
Portman was seen as a budget hawk in congress and in the Bush Administration reappearance of nicknames from President Bush and some of them were revealed as Portman stepped down from the Office of Management and Budget although.
My title is director of on the other titles sometimes came away.
Conductor know it's.
And some not suitable for a television audience yeah.
Critics in and out of the Republican Party aren't laughing.
Charging that the Bush Administration.
Is definitely not a good example of fiscal restraint.
This is a Bush Administration that also ballooned.
The national debt and has some see that as a negative things being part of the bush administration and to bring up the bush years.
In the in the current environment what he said -- that well I was.
Fortune I guess to to be part of you know some good fiscal discipline of the Bush Administration I can mention Alan.
And the budget tonight proposed -- was a balanced budget can you believe that.
Five year balanced budget.
And it was hard to put it together as a set -- put together budgets I know it's hard.
But that's where are we doing in congress is putting together a budget and one that over time balances.
So the year that I it was the year 2007.
Two deficit was about 18 to the deficit today 261 million dollars.
I'd love to have those times again and unemployment was about four and a half percent.
I did lead to go home.
Prior to the financial crisis.
And you know that's when frankly.
Revenues went down and spending went up so when you hear President Obama refer to the bush years and refer to what was handed to him.
And the fact that I was much worse than anyone projected.
Democrats often point back to the bush years saying this is why there -- so many problems now.
What do you say to that facility he inherited a tough economy no question about it questions what do you do with it.
You're living through the weakest recovery since the Great Depression.
We're five and a half million jobs town where we were before the recession began so four years after -- five and a half million jobs down.
In 1981 we had a tough recession.
At this point four years after we had gained six million jobs.
So instead of losing five and a half we -- back all the jobs we lost an added six million jobs and that was because Ronald Reagan frankly took some tough steps.
To be able to provide tax relief to get the economy moving again I think.
Gosh three and a half almost four years later it's kind of tough to say you know what was the other guy that other guy.
Still gets blamed for this -- US economy according to recent polls including a Fox News poll.
So some C a serious vulnerability for Portman with his direct tied to president George W.
Something that Romney probably wants to warrior I mean you want people not to be talked about George Bush wanted to be talking about Mitt Romney -- -- -- warm Youngstown welcome Mitt Romney.
Most political watchers will tell you Portman has a midwestern appeal on the -- And he can get down into the weeds of economic policy whenever prompted the -- he also sits on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee was putting the biggest international challenge is for the -- us.
-- I think it's still terrorism you know if you look at what's happening.
And Syria today you look at what's what's happening.
Around the world in terms of the threat of global terrorism it is still very much there Portman says the scheduled second round of across the board pentagon budget cuts.
Is it top fear of his as well the secretary defense has said would be devastating to our military he said that it would follow up report.
Unfortunately we live in a very dangerous world.
Can we cannot afford to make those kinds of cuts Portman has three kids he met his wife Jane on a blind date.
It didn't go that great actually she -- I talk too much.
And he jokes that.
Letter simply that the great senator because I'd be able to filibuster.
In this place you religious guy I am yeah I'm a Methodist.
I was a presbyterian before I got married.
Jane was a Democrat we have married.
I was Republican of course.
So is pretty good trade for me came became Republican I became a Methodist.
He was a Methodist.
Business faith factor in the year of life.
Every day and in you know the very fundamental way.
I pray every -- and it helps me.
Network for everybody but it -- works for me.
And you know it's just it's just part of who I am and you know part of what.
Motivates me and then hopefully gives me a little direction -- what something.
Surprising that maybe somebody would know about -- just -- follow politics I have.
Broken my collarbone mountain biking and dislocated my shoulder all in the last year and a half kayaking.
So you know guy out and our vikings yeah I love that stuff and and -- I like to hunt I like to fish.
Which brings us back to sizzle.
Does it matter -- for the nicest people you'll ever meet in public life but.
But not a flamboyant figure likely didn't jump into the public consciousness -- I gotta say now that I see them side by side of Warner of Portman might have too much charisma.
Sure red tie those are colors in the visible spectrum yeah we keep.
Does it matter to Mitt Romney it's about what is in the Mitt Mitt Romney campaign's head in terms of how they're looking at this race if they think it's.
Obama's got oh lead financially demographically.
In the Electoral College.
The sort of wedged up against them.
They're gonna pick folder to try to close that -- -- -- they think it's close it's going to be safe probably important because he helps you with Ohio but it's.
He's not -- blow -- you know what you're gonna get.
You can see all of the senator -- -- interview on our website at foxnews.com.
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