Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told an audience in New Hampshire this morning that “the American Dream is really in trouble” because of the sluggish economy.
Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, Portman said “there is an opportunity to get back” to stronger economic growth by boosting exports and overhauling the U.S. tax code.
Portman also warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “truly is a national security threat to our country,” according to New England Cable News.
Portman was scheduled today to campaign on behalf of Republican Scott Brown, who is challenging Sen. Jean Shaheen, D-N.H. But in its story, NECN reported that Portman never mentioned Shaheen’s name during his speech in Manchester.
New Hampshire and Iowa hold the first two major presidential contests in 2016.