Ohio Candidates For Senate Debate Trade, Jobs, Gays In Millitary.

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The two leading candidates in the race for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat are differing on national policy over gays in the military.

Republican Rob Portman says in Tuesday’s debate that the decision should be up to the military. He says it’s not the right time during two wars for a political decision.

Democrat Lee Fisher says no one who chooses to wear the uniform of the country should be discriminated against, whether by religion, race or sexual orientation. A federal judge ordered the military earlier Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops.

Fisher is Ohio’s lieutenant governor and former director of the state’s jobs development agency.

Portman is a former congressman and budget director and trade ambassador in the Bush administration.

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