Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman Hints At Presidential Run
Ohioâ€™s Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has come closer this week to declaring he may run for president in 2016.
Speculation that Portman â€“ a senator and former budget director and trade representative â€“ is interested in a presidential run has been building for months.
And now heâ€™s acknowledging he is among the speculators, but Portman is also giving himself an out.
â€œWe have to do some things to change the way Washington creates the disincentive right now for competitiveness and growth and instead creates and environment for success. And if I donâ€™t see other candidates providing that who I believe can win a general election, I will take a look at it. But right now, Iâ€™m planning to run for Senate in Ohio,â€ the Ohio Republican told reporters today.
A Washington Post article this week credited Portmanâ€™s influence with helping Cleveland land the Republican National Convention â€“ an influence he says is overblown. But as vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, heâ€™s been meeting with GOP funders and figures.
He also made a high-profile speech this spring on fighting poverty. On other social issues, heâ€™s opposed to abortion, but supports gay marriage.