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Ohio businessman announces run for Portman's U.S. Senate seat

PoliticsApr 06, 2021 04:51PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cleveland businessman Bernie Moreno announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, casting himself as a Republican outsider who would protect the "victories" of former President Donald Trump if elected to the seat of retiring Senator Rob Portman.

Moreno, 54, is the fifth Republican Senate hopeful to join an increasingly crowded field for 2022 that includes former Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken and former state Treasurer Josh Mandel. Several other Republicans are considering runs.

Portman, 65, a Republican who entered the Senate a decade ago, announced his retirement in January, saying that deepening political divisions had made it harder to break through the partisan gridlock in Congress.

A car dealer and technology entrepreneur, Moreno posted a two-minute campaign video on Twitter in which he vowed to combat the agenda of "the socialist left," saying that he left his native Colombia for the United States as a child with his mother and siblings to escape socialism.

He also vowed to "crack down on China" and pledged to reject campaign contributions from corporate political action committees.

"Four years ago, we sent Donald J. Trump, an outsider and businessman, to Washington to shake things up. And he did. We need to protect his victories," Moreno says in the video.

"If we're going to protect this country from the socialist left and keep this precious idea built on the concept of freedom, then we need outsiders who back up their words with action."

Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Ohio businessman announces run for Portman's U.S. Senate seat
 

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 06, 2021 6:50PM ET
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So how much does a seat (as a Trumpublican ) in The Senate go for now ??
Donald Thompson
Donald Thompson Apr 06, 2021 12:46PM ET
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How can anyone, in thier wildess dreams“ inrich” this discussion? Its the definition of Hallucination”!
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 06, 2021 12:46PM ET
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Tre Hsi Apr 06, 2021 12:09PM ET
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a Republican outsider who would protect the "victories" of former President Donald Trump if elected  -- what a nutcase, so naturally he has a fair chance of winning the GOP primary, that's how low the Party of Lincoln and Reagan has reached
 
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