Portman calls for unity after fractious election

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an election night rally alongside his wife Jane, right, and son Jed, center right, at The Vault, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Portman won his race for reelection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an election night rally alongside his wife Jane, right, and son Jed, center right, at The Vault, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Portman won his race for reelection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) –  U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is calling on Ohioans of all political persuasions to come together after the contentious presidential election to work for the country’s betterment.

Portman told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe his decision late in the race to withdraw support from Republican Donald Trump will hurt his relationship with the president-elect.

The Cincinnati Republican also says he doesn’t see Gov. John Kasich’s opposition to Trump hurting Ohio’s standing in Washington.

Portman says he anticipates tax reform, infrastructure improvements and a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act to be priorities of the Republican-controlled Senate under Trump.

Asked if he supports building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico as Trump has advocated, Portman said immigration reform is needed but the form it will take is unclear.

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