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Sen. Portman: 'It's not about sizzle for me'

"My kids love that. I'd like to think I'm a serious legislator and trying to get things done," said Portman in an interview for Fox News's "Running with Romney" series. "You know, that's my goal in life — to get things done. It's not about sizzle for me."

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Portman then pivoted to the "Commander-in-Chief, not Celebrity-in-Chief" line, often used by Republican candidates tagged as lacking in charisma.

"America made a decision in 2008 to go with a president who did have sizzle, and look, he was kind of a celebrity .... He didn't have the experience, he didn't have the record, he didn't have the policies to do it.," said Portman.

When Fox News host Bret Baier asked if 2012 was the "anti-sizzle" election, Portman broke out into a smile and said, "I don't think Mitt Romney has no sizzle, don't get me wrong. I think he's a dynamic guy."

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