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Portman admits he's looking at race for president

Tom Jackson • Jul 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gov. John Kasich is being touted as a possible Republican Party candidate for president in 2016, particularly if he fends off a re-election challenge this year from Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald. But he's not the only Republican officeholder in Ohio interested in a possible race.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman admitted he's giving a run for the White House a look, too. He spoke during a Thursday morning conference call with reporters.

"A lot of people have approached me," he said. "I think it's fair to say many people, not just Republicans, are eager to see a new approach."

Portman, 58, was elected in 2010, so he faces a re-election campaign in 2016. He said he plans to seek another term in the Senate.

But he added, "I'm going to be watching to see who runs and what they talk about."

The Republican Party needs to broaden its approach, Portman said. The party has been losing ground in recent presidential elections among Hispanics, blacks, young people, Asian Americans and women, observed Portman, who said he wants to talk about fiscal issues.

"There's a great opportunity for us to take that message to everyone," he said. 

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