Senator Portman Says Economy, Not Gay Marriage, Remains Key Issue

Senator Rob Portman, (R) Ohio(Photo: U.S. Senate)
Senator Rob Portman, (R) Ohio(Photo: U.S. Senate)

WEST UNION, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says the economy is the overriding issue for this year’s elections, and that Republicans should stay focused on that, not gay marriage.

Portman says voters are most concerned about jobs, deficits and economic uncertainty, and that’s the best opportunity for Mitt Romney to win in November. Recent speculation tags Portman as a possible running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Portman opposes same-sex marriage, but he tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama’s statement this week in favor of gay marriage doesn’t change his view that the economy remains paramount.

Portman was campaigning Friday across southern Ohio with Brad Wenstrup, the GOP nominee in the 2nd House District that Portman formerly represented. Wenstrup upset Rep. Jean Schmidt in the March primary.

  • jaws

    Portman is correct the eeconomy is the issue. Just think back to September 2008 when my 401k dropped 30% and many economists were predicting a major free-fall in the economy. Banks were on the brink of failure, the American auto companies were heading to bankruptcy. Pretty grim then! Now—much improved and heading up steadily. JW