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Rep. Jim Jordan says he won’t run for Senate in 2022 after Sen. Rob Portman announces retirement

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In the wake of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) announcing that he would not seek reelection in 2022, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) has dispelled rumors that he plans to run for the position.

Jordan “is solely focused on representing the great people of Ohio’s Fourth District, and will not be running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Rob Portman,” a spokesperson for his office told Cleveland.com Thursday.

“Mr. Jordan believes at this time he is better suited to represent Ohioans in the House of Representatives, where as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, he can advance an America first agenda, promote conservative values, and hold big government accountable,” the spokesperson added.

This statement puts to rests rumors and speculation that Jordan, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, would try to run for Portman’s seat, someone who has generally been seen as part of the Republican establishment and not part of the Trump wing of the GOP. Portman was first elected in 2010 and reelected in 2016.

Ever since former President Barack Obama won Ohio in 2008 and 2012, the Buckeye State has been shifting rightward, with Trump winning the state in 2016 and 2020. It should be noted that the only statewide Democrat is Sen. Sherrod Brown.

In his retirement announcement, Portman pointed to the increasing partisan gridlock at the national level as the country moves further to the political extremes.

“We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground,” he said.

With Ohio still considered a battleground state and the U.S. Senate split 50-50, the 2022 Senate race in Ohio will very likely be a contentious one and will help determine which of the two major parties control the upper chamber for at least until 2024.

With Jordan out of the picture, other Ohio GOP congressmen have reportedly expressed interest in running, according to The Hill—such as Reps. Reps. Mike Turner, Steve Stivers, Brad Wenstrup and David Joyce.

Likewise, there are some Democrats whom The Hill reports have not ruled out a 2022 Senate run, most notably Reps. Tim Ryan and Joyce Beatty.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s 60 Minutes Interview Horrifies White House: ‘Does NOT Reflect the OFFICIAL Position’

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Uh oh. Someone let President Joe Biden speak by himself again and damage control immediately ensued. President Joe Biden’s “60 Minutes” interview which aired on CBS Sunday was 60 minutes of pure torture for viewers and 60 minutes of pure angst for the White House; everyone but the president himself.

60 Minutes’ official Twitter account publicly called out the President’s answers with an embarrassing statement that his own administration was in disagreement with him:

“President Biden tells 60 Minutes that U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the vent of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed.”

CBS’ Scott Pelley also discussed inflation; an issue drastically affecting the welfare and wellbeing of families. Biden deflected with zero sympathy:

As for President Biden’s son Joe, he is sticking with the narrative that Hunter is the “smartest” person he knows and that “there’s not a single thing that I’ve observed at all that would affect me or the United States relative to my son Hunter.”

Biden also said that while the “proof of the pudding is in the eating” in response to being asked if he is fit to be President, Biden did not commit to saying whether or not he will run for re-election. His “intention” is to run again, “but that’s just intention” he said. “Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

 

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