Sen. Portman (R-OH) Won't Rule Out Running For POTUS in 2016

"That was not a Shermanesque statement, Senator Portman."

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was a guest on Tuesday evening's Hugh Hewitt program and refused to rule out a presidential run in 2016. The Ohio senator who received strong consideration for the VP slot on the Romney ticket, claims to be too busy with his senatorial duties as well as his duties as Vice-Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee to consider 2016 yet, but he wouldn't say no either.

Hewitt:

And it causes me to ask you this. Have you ruled out running for president yourself in 2016?

 Portman:

You know, Hugh, I am focused on one thing right now, and that is 2014. And as you may know, I’m the vice chair, the national finance chair, for this effort to take back the Senate for the Republicans, because I really believe that is the best thing we can do for the country right now. And if we don’t do it, I think we’re in deep trouble. So to be frank with you, I haven’t really given it serious consideration, because I’m totally focused on getting this majority. And by the way, we’re making pretty good progress. We’ve got some good candidates we’ve recruited around the country. You’ve had some of them on. I know you follow this pretty closely. And I think folks who thought gosh, the Republican Party has seen its best days are going to be surprised.

Hewitt: 

No, you’re going to have a great fall, but that was not a Shermanesque statement, Senator Portman.

Portman: 

Well, look, it’s not something that I am considering right now. I’m considering focusing on my job as a senator and Ohio, and then second, trying to be sure that we are successful in 2014.

Hewitt:

I’ll try and land the plane one more time, then I’ll go to the jobs plan. When would you have to make up your mind about running for president, because a lot of us from Ohio know your record, know your executive branch experience, know your legislative success and would be, you know, thrilled if either you or Governor Kasich got in or both of you. But not many people put you on the list. And I’m just curious if you have a deadline in your mind when you have to decide by.

 Portman:

Well, you know, I purposefully haven’t put myself on the list, and I don’t think there’s a deadline in particular, but the way these things go, Hugh, it seems like the election starts sooner and sooner. And frankly, that, I think, does not serve the American people well, because we should be focused on dealing with this incredibly weak economy, with this record level of debt, with these problems as you have pointed out in some of your online stuff I saw today about national defense and how it’s being weakened. And yet here we are talking about, you know, is it going to be Hillary Clinton or is it going to be somebody else, or what’s the latest with regard to the presidential candidates on the Republican side. I think it’s kind of premature.

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