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Senate Candidate in Ohio Warns Buckeyes Against His Foe: a Michigan Grad

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A heated college football rivalry has worked its way into the U.S. Senate race in Ohio between Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and former Rep. Rob Portman.

Fisher, trailing in the polls, has aired a new ad suggesting Buckeye state voters might want to think twice about voting for Republican Portman because he attended law school at the the University of Michigan -- a hated rival of Ohio State University in Columbus.

Fisher, wearing an Ohio State sweater and cradling a football with high school stadium as a backdrop, blames Portman for policies during his service in the Bush administration that led to the current economic slump. Portman, a Cincinnatian who also graduated from Dartmouth, was President George W. Bush's budget director and U.S. trade representative.

"Oh and one more thing," Democratic candidate Fisher says, "Rob Portman went to the University of Michigan... Buckeyes deserve better than someone from that school up north. Fisher borrowed the phrase -- school up north -- from the late Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes, who could not bring himself to utter the word, "Michigan."

Ironically, Fisher was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., but his family moved to Ohio when he was young and he graduated from Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve Law School. A Portman spokeswoman fired back: "Ann Arbor native Lee Fisher is desperate to change the topic from the 400,000 jobs lost under his watch in the last three years. Maybe he's forgotten hat Rob's been teaching at The Ohio State University for the last three years..."

Watch the ad here.

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jcgee88

I don't live in Ohio, but if I did, I wouldn't vote for a Wolverine. Finally, someone has a sense of humor!

October 30 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
doncrites

How pathetic!

October 30 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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honey/vinegar

Ohio will be red after these elections. Fisher, Strickland, Sutton and the list goes on, are out on their butts. They made their beds during the last 4 years, now it's time they slept in them. Strickland has brought this state to the point of bankruptcy, Fisher and Strickland has cost this state 400,000 jobs. They have to go! Goodness, I wish we still had George Voinivich as our govenor. Ohio was a GREAT state then!

October 30 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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