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Strickland Speaks About Sittenfeld And Primary, And Portman Weighs In On Fall Race

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Karen Kasler
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Former Gov. Ted Strickland talks at a women's healthcare panel; Republican Sen. Rob Portman speaks at an Ohio Right to Life rally.

The endorsed Democrat in the primary for US Senate has been blasted by his opponent and others for not being very visible in this campaign. He's now talking about that, and the candidate he plans to face this fall also has some thoughts.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland has been slammed by his primary opponent, Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld, for turning down debates. But Strickland said the reason is not because he fears Sittenfeld. “I don’t want to fight with a fellow Democrat. I am focusing on this Republican that I hope to defeat,” Strickland said.

Sittenfeld has little name recognition and money going into the primary. Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman said he has no opinion on the battle between Strickland and Sittenfeld. “It doesn’t matter which candidate it is – we’re still going to have these stark differences,” Portman said.

Strickland is far behind Portman in fundraising, but said he’s been leading in polls, so he won’t need as much money as Portman has to beat him. Portman said he’s confident his record will get him re-elected.

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