Strickland stops in Mahoning Valley for campaign

Strickland blamed Ohio's problems on Sen. Rob Portman's policies

Former Governor Ted Strickland was in the Valley on Wednesday, campaigning for U.S. Senate as well as for Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Former Governor Ted Strickland was in the Valley on Wednesday, campaigning for U.S. Senate as well as for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Strickland used the Mahoning Valley as a kicking-off point for his tour of Appalachia. He toured the CASTLO Industrial Park in Struthers as part of a two-day swing through eastern and southwestern Ohio.

Incumbent Sen. Rob Portman has criticized Strickland’s record as Governor, saying the state lost $400,000 jobs during his tenure. On Wednesday, Strickland blamed Ohio’s problems on a nationwide recession that he said was brought on by policies Portman supported.

“It had to do with things like terrible trade deals that resulted in jobs being sent out of this Valley and out of our state and out of our country to places like China, and that’s why I call Rob Portman the best senator that China ever had,” he said.

On 33 WYTV News at 6 p.m.,Strickland said neither he nor his party’s presumed nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, are part of the so-called ‘war on coal.’ Check back here for more information, or watch 33 WYTV News at 6 p.m. tonight.

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