Will election hinge on Ohio?
Sen. Rob Portman weighs in
- Duration 4:04
- Date Nov 6, 2012
Sen. Rob Portman weighs in
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I'll be important is just getting under way and talk about the voting in the critical swing state of Ohio 45 minutes ago it started -- -- eighteen electoral votes mean so much it may decide who the next president is.
Let's ask this senator from that state.
Rob Portman -- -- -- and sparring partner when it came to the debates for governor Romney senator what is going to be the key for you taking your state.
For the for the governor taking your state being that in so many polls he seemed to always be trailing by a pointer to.
Well it's about energy enthusiasm at this point Brian as you know and we -- the momentum on our side -- -- -- -- -- is so -- -- -- in the phone calls and door -- we've knocked on.
Twenty times more doors this year than all of 2008.
So I think it's going to be a good day for -- spending is can be very close well I understand two the president.
Is trailing big time when it comes to blue collar white voters but not in your state.
Governor Romney has the advantage -- not a big enough advantage to get him on top here do you agree with these polling numbers and why would that be if you do.
Well I'm I'm pretty happy with the polling numbers that that we've seen internally in terms of the independent voters in terms of what folks used to call Reagan Democrats -- -- blue collar workers who might be Democrats nominally but.
Are more conservative on many of the issues that governor -- he's talking about the energy issue is big in Ohio as you know we are now an energy state.
We've got a lot of natural gas some oil and a lot of coal and all of them down eastern Ohio.
In places like Youngstown and -- and also northeast Ohio -- a bigger bigger issue and they like what Mitt Romney's talking about she's talking about using the resources we have in the ground.
To create jobs and also to keep energy prices down to create more manufacturing interest in Ohio so.
I think again have a good shot at a lot of those voters that may not be -- up all the polls senator do you agree.
That there's one way to the presidency for either man and -- through Ohio.
That if we were watching this at home in Ohio does not go into your column that neither will the presidency.
Well it's possible but it's tough.
To win without Ohio as goes Ohio so goes the country is -- saying and it's been true -- -- Republican presidential candidate in history so.
I wouldn't -- to take the risk of losing that there's a possibility to put together through other states but I think we're gonna win in -- I got a good feel for on the ground I didn't feel this in 2008 frankly.
But we've got the momentum of folks are really fired up you know if you look at our crowds you can see it.
But again also look at our grassroots operation which is driven by volunteers and people are passionate this year they don't like what happened in the last four years they don't want to see it repeated.
And they're worried about their kids in their grandkids and what kind of futures are gonna have to elect affect a Mitt Romney's finishing.
With a positive optimistic message about the future and he's gone back here today -- -- and Youngstown Ohio.
The most likely gonna go to the present but how much could be key to whether this state goes can you present -- prevent the president from 60%.
I think so you know both of those markets again we're we're doing pretty well.
Among blue collar workers but also among folks who -- look at -- the -- -- a lot of change audio video will consider while you talk literacy Joseph Biden.
Right now I guess he's -- -- to vote.
Think he's voting for you.
But here it is he's behind that curtain great and we do not know how he's voting and we do that we know he won and who roughly fifteen seconds ago.
And that is their burden.
And -- it goes once again Joseph Biden has successfully voted.
And there he goes he's a happy man the next one to go up would be.
And of settlers don't want -- to be too deep.
Yes but what -- a good -- -- on with them on your show I think a couple times and and look I think it's terrific that Mitt Romney's actually campaigning today he's also gonna vote but -- he's gonna.
The end Pittsburgh as I understand it in Cleveland and you know we're gonna we're gonna push this right to the end 7:30 PM is -- of those -- in Ohio and senator when you do during -- to get him all the polls and he does take Ohio he has -- -- -- for -- -- so much senator -- thanks much for joining us.
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