Star Tribune, CINCINNATI — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House.
The former White House budget chief and U.S. trade representative said he feels he can play an important role as a member of the new Republican majority in the Senate, where he wants to help break the gridlock that has largely paralyzed Congress the past two years.
“I’m excited about it,” Portman said Monday in an interview, adding that he didn’t think he could be as effective as a senator while at the same time running for president.
A former congressman who was on Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates in 2012, Portman was one of four senators considering a presidential run. The others, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, are still weighing a decision.
Who’s your pick for the GOP Presidential candidate? Do you like any of the senators? Fancy an outsider this time around? A Governor, maybe? Someone who hasn’t been tainted by the political process? Leave your suggestions below. And play nice.