U.S. Senator Rob Portman endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich on Saturday to be the next president of the United States, Kasich's team said in a statement.
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According to Kasich's representatives, Portman will serve as a national and Ohio co-chair of Kasich's campaign.
"I have decided to endorse Governor John Kasich for President because he is a leader who has a proven record of delivering results," Portman said in part in a statement. "John turned Ohio around at a tough time and I believe he can do the same for our country."
Read Portman's full statement below:
“I have decided to endorse Governor John Kasich for President because he is a leader who has a proven record of delivering results. John turned Ohio around at a tough time and I believe he can do the same for our country. I have known John for over 20 years and consider him a good friend. John inherited a mess from former Governor Ted Strickland. Under Governor Strickland, Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation, as companies left Ohio for other states. Applying Ohio commonsense and conservative values, Governor Kasich worked with the Republican team to turn a record $8 billion shortfall into a $2 billion surplus, cut taxes by $5 billion, and added over 385,000 new jobs. Governor Kasich has done a great job leading Ohio’s comeback, and I believe he is needed now to do the same for our country as the next President of the United States.”
Together, Portman and Kasich served in the U.S. House of Representatives and were elected to statewide office in Ohio in 2010. They have "worked together for more than two decades on behalf of Ohio and share a commitment to the conservative policies that create opportunities for all Americans to rise," Kasich's representatives said in a statement.
"Rob is a tremendous asset for Ohio in the Senate and has played an important role in the recovery of jobs for our state," Kasich said of Portman.
"We worked together as I helped Ohioans recover from the mess left behind by my predecessor and Rob's opponent, Ted Strickland, and I’m very proud to have his endorsement. Rob is a rare voice for common sense in Washington and someone who delivers real results. I look forward to him returning to the Senate and working with him as President to advance the strategies that keep our economy strong and our country safe."
The statement also said Portman - as national co-chair of Kasich's campaign - will join former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, conservative Gay Gaines and entrepreneur Larry Paul with guiding the Kasich campaign's nationwide efforts.
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