Ohio Senator Rob Portman delivered the keynote address at the Scioto County Republican Parties 88th Annual Lincoln Day Banquet on Tuesday.
Before he delivered his address Portman spoke exclusively to the Daily Times, addressing some of the issues in Washington D.C.
With the presidential election dominating the headlines and the candidates on both sides of the isle seeking endorsements.
Portman has endorsed Governor John Kasich in his bid for President of the United States.
“I like Kasich, I endorsed him and I think he would be the best president. I say that primarily because of his record here in Ohio,” Portman said. “At the time when the state was in terrible shape, everyone said Kasich was going to have to raise taxes. Kasichs response was to cut taxes and now we have a $2 billion surplus.”
Portman said he endorsed Kasich for those reasons and many others.
“You can talk a good talk and some of my colleagues are running from the senate, who talk a good talk, but this (what Kasich has done) is actual results and that’s what I’m looking for in a president,,” Portman said.
There are six republicans currently seeking their party’s nomination for President.
When asked how people can move beyond those who are talking the good talk and focus on the issues facing the office Portman said, “I think we need a change and I’m very interested in getting a Republican nominated who can win in November.”
With the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, Portman has come out against the idea of President Barack Obama appointing someone to the court when he’s close to leaving office.
“I think that should be part of the decision we made for the next president. It’s a swing seat and it’s about the direction of the country just as the presidency is,” Portman said. “It’s not unusual in the last year of a president’s term, for congress to give lifetime appointments and has not been done for 80 years on the supreme court. I think it’s better if the president waits for the next president (to make a nomination).”
Obama has said on multiple occasions he intends to nominate someone to fill the vacancy on the court, soon.
When asked if Kasich becomes president, would he have confidence in his choice for the court Portman said,” I would. He would choose somebody who believes in the rule of law, believes in the constitution and is not going to legislate from the bench.”
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