How An Old-Fashioned Senator Is Living In Donald Trump’s Washington
Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, on Trump’s tweets, issuing (polite) criticism when he thinks it’s warranted, and ways to work with the White House on his favored issues. But he’s not happy with the president’s attacks on Mitch McConnell — or with Steve Bannon’s effort to unseat other Republican senators.
Rob Portman Was Registered Foreign Agent For Haitian Dictator
According to Senator Rob Portman's 1985 foreign agent registration form, while working as a lobbyist at the firm Patton, Boggs, and Blow, Portman was a registered foreign agent on the behalf of the Republic of Haiti. In 1985 Haiti was ruled by the notorious Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was overthrown by a uprising in 1986. Update In June, Portman's staff provided ABC News a 2005 signed affidavit from the Democratic managing partner of Patton Boggs, that says Portman did not represent foreign entities during his time at the lobbying firm in the 1980s.
The Pageantry Of Politics
Like pageants, elections are carefully orchestrated displays of candidates' poise and ability to connect with audiences. I think we can all agree that what this country's most important politicians are truly missing more than anything is the dramatic styling and beautiful makeup the glitz pageant competitors (as seen on such fine programming as Toddlers & Tiaras) have perfected over the years. Thanks to the power of retouching we can imagine how that would look.
Is This Video Why Rob Portman Won't Be Romney's Running Mate?
Rob Portman's close ties to the Bush White House, including serving budget director (seen here in his nomination) will be fodder for Democrats. "The OMB has an essential responsibility of implementing the full range of my administration's agenda"
Watch Rob Portman Explain The Bush Budget Deficits
Republican Ohio Senator Rob Portman is considered a top choice to be Mitt Romney's running mate. One downside critics cite is his time serving as the Budget Director of Bush Administration. While Republicans hammer Obama for record deficits, Democrats argue Republican hypocrisy because of deficits created under President Bush. In this 2007 interview with Charlie Rose, Portman explains the Bush deficits and his plan for the budget.