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Dems, GOP Trade Jabs Over U.S. Senate Nominees

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Andy Chow
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio)

It's a preview of what the rest of this election season is likely to be. Ohio’s Republican and Democratic leaders held dueling press events to trade jabs on their U.S. Senate candidates' positions on seniors and veterans. 

In one corner was the Ohio Democratic Party's Greg Beswick, who pulled out a five year old quote that seemed to suggest Portman was leaning towards cutting Medicare.

“When it comes to his alarming statement that it would be irresponsible not to cut Medicare, Senator Portman has more than lived up to his anti-senior agenda that hurts Ohioans,” said Beswick.

In the other corner was Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges defending Portman and saying Democratic nominee and former Gov. Ted Strickland was an ineffective Congressman who failed to help support veterans issues.

The exchange only further indicates that the Senate race is going to be a top priority for both state parties.

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