One Day After Kasich’s Retrograde Comments, Portman Praises Kasich’s “Positive” Campaign

Ohio Democrats Call on Portman To Condemn Kasich’s Controversial Statement

COLUMBUS — Just one day after Gov. John Kasich made his infamous comment about women leaving “their kitchens” to support him, on Tuesday — during an appearance on the Fox Business Network — Sen. Rob Portman praised Kasich for running a “positive” campaign and for staying “above the fray.”

Now Portman owes Ohio’s women an answer: will he condemn Kasich’s latest offensive remarks or will he continue to put his own political interests ahead of Ohio’s values?

WATCH Portman’s comments yesterday:

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Transcript:

Kasich: “We got an army of people, and many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and put yard signs up for me.”

Woman in attendance: “First off, I want to say, your comment earlier about the women who came out of the kitchen to support you. I’ll support you, but I won’t be coming out of the kitchen.”

ONE DAY LATER: Portman: “John Kasich… has been positive. He’s tried to stay above the fray… He has more than just a niche. He has a lot of Republican primary voters who are looking for that kind of more positive campaign.” [Fox Business Network, 2/22/16]

“Maybe inside the Beltway, John Kasich’s comments about women are considered a ‘positive campaign,’ but here in Ohio they’re just insulting, and the fact that Rob Portman would praise Kasich the day after his ‘Mad Men’ moment is an example of how Portman will say and do anything to help his political friends,” said Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Kirstin Alvanitakis. “Portman needs to answer a simple question: will he condemn Kasich’s latest offensive remarks or will he continue to put his own political interests ahead of Ohio’s values?”

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