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Friday, May 16, 2008

'Ten things you didn't know about Rob Portman'

UPDATE: For what it's worth, Portman is in the "final four" of CQ's veepstakes bracket:

US News reported Tuesday:

10 Things You Didn't Know About Rob Portman

By Bobbie Kyle Sauer

Sen. John McCain disclosed that he is in the "embryonic stages" of selecting a running mate, whom he hopes to introduce at the Republican National Convention. While he refused to disclose any names, McCain told reporters that the list is about 20 deep, and "it's every name imaginable." This is one of a series of profiles on the candidates we imagine might be on his list and some things you may not know about the maybe-veeps. See the full list here.

1. On Dec. 19, 1955, Robert Jones Portman was born to Bill and Joan Portman in Cincinnati. Portman has an older brother, William, and a younger sister, Virginia.

2. Portman's father started a forklift company in 1960, Portman Equipment Co., which was sold in 2004 to a Dutch company.

3. Portman's interest in politics started in high school and continued through college and law school. His first run for office was in high school, for the secretary-treasurer of his freshman class at Cincinnati Country Day School.

4. Portman followed his father's footsteps and attended Dartmouth College, where he studied anthropology and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979. Portman earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984.

5. Enjoying the outdoors, Portman likes canoeing and kayaking. In 1984 he traveled to China to kayak the Li River and a portion of the Yangzi River. He has also kayaked the entire Rio Grande.

6. Jane, his wife and a former Democrat, worked for Tom Daschle when he served as a representative from South Dakota. Portman and his wife have two sons and a daughter.

7. Besides serving in Congress for 12 years, Portman has worked for both presidents Bush. He served in many positions including as associate counsel to President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as United States Trade Representative. Portman left the position this past summer to move back to Cincinnati to be with his family.

8. Portman, whose ancestors were abolitionists, helped get federal money to build the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in his hometown, Cincinnati.

9. Matt Maupin, the U.S. soldier who was taken hostage in 2004 after his convoy was attacked outside Baghdad, was from the district Portman used to represent. He became close to the Maupin family and helped them in the search for their son, including going with them to a meeting at the Pentagon and attending his funeral.

10. This spring Portman is co-teaching a course on public budgeting at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. He is also a member of the school's advisory board.

Image from Wall Street Journal


at 10:07 AM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, every single Portman post on this blog comes from you. Quit, already and go become his publicist. This is the most pathetic "man crush" I've ever seen.

Just shut up about him, already. NOBODY except you and Robert Novack thinks Portman will be John McCain's VP. He's too close to Bush (and remember, in his capacity as Trade Rep he helped Bush get a couple of unfair trade deals that hurt Ohio and as Budget Director, he failed in his task to cut the debt, at all), and polls have indicated he doesn't gain McCain any points in Ohio. Portman is a nice guy with no shot at being VP. As a Democrat, if he runs for the Senate or Governor, I may be a little worried, but never worry about a McCain/Portman ticket.

at 11:27 AM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

He didn't leave USTR to come back to cincinnati. He left OMB director, which he took after USTR.

at 11:52 AM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:07, 5/16, leave it to a Democrat to spin a simple recitation of facts into some kind of "man crush." Rob will probably run for governor or for Voinovich's Senate seat, although he would make a commendable and helpful VP on John Sidney McCain's presidential ticket.

at 12:44 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a PATHETIC peice of PR bullsh*t. Truely sad, Carl.

at 12:47 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Portman will probably be a star witness in the next few years. I am sure that he has immense knowledge about, if not direct involvement in, many of the criminal actions and inactions of officials in the Republican Party and the Bush White House.

at 1:22 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a real dandy.
Do you mean to tell me that he traveled all the way to the Pentagon to accompany the Maupins?
Gracious me!

at 2:43 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, anon 11:52, but this is a very exciting political year and there's a lot of...hmm...what did they used to call it...news.

Pardon me if I'd rather hear about the real news than simply have Carl cut and paste whatever google news alert pops up for Portman. He's an ex-rep, ex-member of the administration, and ex-newsmaker. Sorry. But I'm just not as interested as you or Carl, and it's getting old.

at 8:30 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain/Portman in 2008!

at 10:11 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused..
As director of OMB, he was supposed to balance the federal budget????
As you all know (hopefully), a combination of JC, Greenspan, Volcker, Ghandi & God himself couldn't do that. If that's your point, go back ... wherever.

at 11:27 PM, May 16, 2008 Anonymous cincyCapell said...

Portman is just another GOP rat who jumped off the sinking USS George W. Bush to save is own hide. Just listen to what he says now; why, he's never even MET George Bush before!

at 8:49 AM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try, Carl, but you didn't look at who Portman beat to get the the Final Four.

First, Eric Cantor (yawn), the Congressman from Virginia who looks like he's around twelve.

Second was Joe Lieberman, who in spite of all the time he spends kissing McCain's ass has about as good a chance at being vice-president as Carl or myself.

Third round we have Charlie Crist. The Tan Master and Gay Governor of Florida. Yeah...I bet he'll be on the ticket.

To get into the finals, he just needs to beat Sarah Palin...governor of Alaska. A state the Republicans desperately need to put into play. So if Portman makes it into CQ's veepstakes finals, he'll go against Tim Pawlenty or Mike Huckabee.

So, if you're asking does Portman have a better shot than Cantor, Lieberman, Crist and Palin at being VP, perhaps, maybe. But none of them have any real shot, either.

Carl's Man Crush continues.

at 9:36 AM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious? Is that really your question? OF COURSE he was supposed to balance the budget. Why do you think they gave him the title BUDGET DIRECTOR? His job was to balance the budget. That's the only thing they paid him to do. Spend as little money as possible to be able to use any surplus to pay down the federal deficit is the primary goal.

Congressional Quarterly Said Portman Predicted a Balanced Budget by 2012. CQ reported, "Despite the predominant focus by lawmakers on the longer-term issues, Rob Portman, the White House budget director, said the government is on track to balance the budget by 2012 -- while making the tax cuts permanent." [CQ, 1/24/2007]

There are hundreds of quotes that match. We're in a recession. By any measurable term but the so called economic growth. Food is more expensive, people are losing their homes. But no matter. Portman is great.

Rob Portman will not be the Vice President. He will not be particularly relevant until 2010 when he challenges either Sherrod Brown or Ted Strickland.

at 10:26 AM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portman's PR is amazing! This guy has very little to brag about.

Submitting the Bush budget?

Yet, the Enquirer treats him like the second coming. sad

at 1:38 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous cincycapell said...

Rob Portman is a modest man, with much to be modest about.

at 11:34 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous TB said...

If by modest you mean he had little to brag about.

Oh, and Anon 10:11. You don't think they gave him the job and said "go run up the deficit," do you?

at 8:11 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get serious you silly people - anyone who says the OMB director should "balance the budget" is BSing you.
What? - he should a) correct the trade imbalance, b)strengthen the dollar, c) control Congressional spending, d) reduce energy consumption, etc?????
Tell that to someone stupid enough to believe you.

After a term as Governor, he'll be ready ....

at 9:28 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous cincycapell said...

Boss Burke told me to continue my impersonation efforts. He is very proud of the attention I bring to the hamilton county Democratic Party. I'm so happy to know Boss Burke approves of my work.

at 3:01 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody is opposed to mocking you, Jeffy.

at 4:00 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain/Portman in 2008!

at 4:37 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, since it was cincy that "voted" in the bush/war administration, it would appear that to keep the crooked administration going you could really use someone from cincinnati; hey marge, how we doing down here? help!!

at 7:19 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Greater Cincinnati's lasting credit, we ensured President Bush's re-election in 2004. And prevented the haughty, wind-surfing, kept man Kerry from his dream job.

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