Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected

Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected
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Ohio Republican Bernie Moreno on Tuesday launched his campaign to fill the Senate seat that will be vacated by GOP Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate eyeing possible weekend finish for T infrastructure bill Kaine says he has votes to pass Iraq War repeal in Senate Overnight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale MORE, jumping into a growing primary race for one of the country’s marquee Senate contests.

Moreno, a Cleveland businessman, rolled out his bid in a more than two-minute video in which he cast himself as an outsider in the mold of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE and a fighter against the “socialist left.” 

“I’m running to represent the people of Ohio in the United States Senate to protect the American dream for the next generation. If we’re going to protect this country from the socialist left and keep this precious idea built on the concept of freedom, we need outsiders who back up their words with action,” he said, adding that he would not take corporate PAC donations and supports term limits on lawmakers in Washington.

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“Four years ago, we sent Donald J. Trump, an outsider and businessman, to Washington to shake things up, and he did. We need to protect his victories,” he added.

Moreno’s campaign launch targeted a slew of Democrats, including President BidenJoe BidenBiden nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crashes in south Texas Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP MORE, Vice President Harris, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives like Turner should reconsider running as Democrats Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOhio special election: A good day for Democrats Five takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as numerous corporations that conservatives have railed against for what they see as silencing GOP voices. 

“I came from a country surrounded by the ideology of radicals like Fidel Castro and Che Guevara who promised to give everyone all they needed and solve all their problems just like Bernie Sanders and AOC are doing today,” said Moreno, who came to the U.S. as a child from Colombia. 

“That’s the exact opposite of American democracy and the American dream. But Biden, Harris, the extreme left, their allies in the media, big tech and universities push socialism at every turn, using cancel culture to completely silence us,” he added. 

Moreno is just the latest Republican to throw his hat in the ring to replace Portman, who will be leaving the Senate at the end of his second term in 2023.

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Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and former Ohio GOP Chairwoman Jane Timken have already launched their own campaigns. Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerOvernight Defense: JEDI axed | Pentagon defends Bagram exit | Military justice reform coming soon Military braces for sea change on justice reform Lawmakers warn of growing threats to US satellites from adversaries MORE (R-Ohio) and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons have also launched listening tours in an apparent buildup to a possible campaign.

The race for Portman’s Senate seat is expected to be hotly contested by both parties in the 2022 midterms. Ohio has long been considered a battleground, though it has trended Republican in recent years, with Trump winning the state by about 8 points in both 2016 and 2020.

Moreno is already getting support from prominent Republicans, with top Trump ally and former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellBiden names nominee for US ambassador to Germany Grenell still interested in California recall bid Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected MORE backing his bid.

“Bernie Moreno will be the D.C. outsider who won’t be concerned what the Washington types think of him. Just like President Donald J. Trump did, Bernie Moreno will challenge the political system and establishment of D.C.,” Grenell, who serves as chairman of the Moreno campaign’s national steering committee, told Fox News

Fox News first reported on Moreno’s candidacy Monday.

No prominent Democrat has formally launched a campaign for Portman’s seat yet, though Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Tim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (Ohio) has publicly expressed interest in the race.