Senator Portman Brings TechElect Themes to the GOP Convention

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At the Republican National Convention tonight, in a broad economic-themed speech, U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio touched on a number of TechElect priorities:  innovation, trade, and tax reform, in particular.  While there weren’t policy specifics in the speech, the rhetoric echoed many of the pieces approved in the party platform on Tuesday.

Here is a look at what he had to say. 


You have to liberate the productive power of the American people through policies that encourage innovation, risk taking, investment and jobs.

And you have to compete and win in the global economy. Governor Romney understands this.

. . . . .

95 percent of the world's consumers live outside our borders. And to create jobs, our workers and our farmers need to sell more of what we make to those people.

. . . . .

We need to knock down these trade barriers abroad, but we also need to knock down the self-imposed barriers to success right here at home.

We need to reform our outdated and complicated tax code.

We featured Senator Portman in our Veepstakes series earlier this summer.  Check out where he stands on broader TechElect issues.  

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