Portman plans to go to GOP convention, won’t give speech

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he plans to be inside the Q basketball arena in Cleveland next week, but will not deliver a speech to the delegates during the Republican national convention.

Although Portman has endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he appears to be making an effort to distance himself from the New York real estate developer. Portman has spoken at every GOP convention since 1996.

In a conference call with Ohio reporters, Portman said he would on the convention floor for at least one or two days. He also said he plans to speak to the Ohio delegation at its hotel in Cleveland.

In addition, Portman will appear at a rally Monday at the Cuyahoga County Community College Metropolitan campus with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

The rally will include interns from Portman’s campaign offices across the state who have helped his re-election campaign.

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