Rob Portman

Ok, so Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Hooray for you, Republicans in Cincinnati say wearily, after trying and failing to win the big prize for the Queen City.

Now, the question is, who will come out of that convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as the GOP nominees for president and vice president?

There is a possibility – slim, at this point, but a possibility – that the first presidential nominating convention to be held in Ohio in 80 years will nominate an Ohioan, either for president or vice president.

WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik, about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as a presidential candidate in 2016.

Howard Wilkinson

There was no declaration of candidacy for president Friday night when Rand Paul appeared before a large crowd at the Hamilton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner, but he sounded like a man who may well run.

And, before a crowd of over 600 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the junior senator from Kentucky made it clear that if he does run and becomes the 2016 GOP nominee, he knows who his Democratic opponent will be – former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of an Ohio or Kentucky candidate being nominated for president if the GOP convention comes to Cincinnati in 2016. And, of course, a little baseball talk on the Reds' Opening Day.

Alright, let’s assume for the moment that Cincinnati does land the 2016 Republican presidential nominating convention.

What would the chances be that the eventual nominee of the GOP turns out to be from Ohio, the host state, or right across the river in Kentucky?

It’s a long shot, but by no means outside the realm of possibility.

Despite having an Electoral College map that works decidedly against them, the Republicans seemingly have more potential 2016 presidential contenders than Heinz has varieties.

Michael E. Keating

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the chances of the 2016 Republican National Convention coming to Cincinnati, Rand Paul's support in the CPAC straw poll and how Paul will help the local GOP raise money in May.

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It is time to delay the health insurance sign-up under the Affordable Care Act until the multitude of computer glitches that have frustrated millions of Americans can be worked out, Sen. Rob Portman said in Cincinnati Thursday.

“I support repeal of the whole thing and replacing it with something that is better, but I do think that a delay is appropriate now,’’ the Republican senator from Terrace Park told reporters Thursday morning.

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Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman of Terrace Park, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning to say he would not vote to authorize the Obama administration's proposed use of military force against Syria.

Michael Keating

Senator Rob Portman's amendment to make obsolete and structurally unsound bridges such as the Brent Spence Bridge here a priority for federal funding passed in the U.S. Senate today.

It's not yet known how much of the $500 million set aside in the transportation appropriations bill for bridges in critical condition will go to the Brent Spence project, which officials in Ohio and Kentucky say will cost an estimated $2.7 billion to complete.

photo by Michael Keating

This week Howard Wilkinson talks about why there will be a primary election for Cincinnati Mayor and some regional politicians who's names are being mentioned for president in 2016.