GOP’s Portman, Democrat Strickland hold 2nd debate

Ted Strickland (left) and Sen. Rob Portman (right).

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Candidates competing in Ohio for a U.S. Senate seat squared off in their second debate.

Republican incumbent Rob Portman squared off with his Democratic challenger Ted Strickland Monday evening in Columbus.

Most of their first debate last week in Youngstown was a rerun of familiar jabs over jobs and trade. The pair also sparred over Portman’s prior support for Republican Donald Trump.

Portman recently pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 video, which captures the presidential nominee making lewd comments about women.

Strickland, a former Ohio governor, has said Portman is guilty of “cowardice” for not acting sooner.

Portman has been well ahead of Strickland in fundraising and polls.

The two are slated to meet for a final debate Thursday in Cleveland. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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