Former President Bill Clinton today endorsed former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, a significant boost for the Democrat’s attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman in 2016.
“Ted Strickland offers a unique blend of qualities we need more of in Washington today: a proven record of service to hard working Ohioans, energy, determination and idealism,” Clinton said in a statement. “He knows how to reach across the aisle to find common ground and when Ohioans need him to stand his ground. No one will care more, know more, and work harder for better opportunities for every Ohioan than Ted. I’m proud to support him.”
Strickland, 73, has already won endorsements from Ohio’s congressional Democrats. But a potential Democratic primary rival, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, 30, has refused to exit and give Strickland a clear shot. The two have avoided direct criticism of one another but Strickland has touted his experience while Sittenfeld promotes his fresh approach.
Strickland said in a statement that he is “profoundly grateful to have the support of President Bill Clinton.”
SOURCE: Stephen Koff, Northeast Ohio Media Group