ICYMI: CNN: Every Ohio Republican Senate Candidate Opposes The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
August 6, 2021
A new report from CNN highlights that every Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate is opposed to the bipartisan infrastructure deal — even though Ohio’s own Senator Rob Portman served as a lead negotiator of the deal. The bipartisan infrastructure deal would grow Ohio’s businesses by investing in roads, bridges, public transit, and broadband.
“While Democrats are working to create jobs and fix Ohio’s infrastructure by investing in our roads, bridges, clean water, and high-speed internet, every Republican running for Senate opposes this plan — even though it’s backed by Senator Portman. These GOP candidates are only looking out for themselves and their wealthy special interest donors, and they don’t care about getting Ohioans back to work, bringing jobs back from overseas, and helping us compete with countries like China that threaten our economy,” said Michael Beyer, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
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- The bevy of Ohio Republicans looking to replace the retiring senator in 2022 have a sharply different view. They are roundly criticizing the agreement…aligning themselves squarely with former President Donald Trump who has called on the GOP to oppose the sweeping proposal.
- In intraparty contests throughout the country, Republican candidates are lining up against the bipartisan deal — and lining up with Trump — reflecting not only the heightened partisanship in American politics but also how primaries incentivize candidates to demonstrate purity to their base voters.
- But Trump has made his position clear, calling the legislation a “loser” for the U.S. — without explaining his rationale. “Don’t do it Republicans — Patriots will never forget! If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be coming your way!” he said in a statement.
- None of the top Ohio GOP candidates — Mandel, a former Ohio Treasurer, former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Timken, Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance and businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons — support the deal.