Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman honors John McCain on Senate floor

Joining other senators from both parties as they paid tribute Tuesday to McCain on the Senate floor, Portman, R-Ohio, said McCain “lived the motto” of his 2008 presidential campaign against Democrat Barack “which was simply: Country First. Always.”

Portman told the Senate about how he played the role of Obama as McCain prepared for the presidential debates. Portman joked that he took that “role very seriously – maybe too seriously” at times. Portman’s job was to “get under” McCain’s skin during the practice debates and acknowledged at times he did.

“Needless to say, he wasn't happy with me during those debate sessions,” Portman said.

Two years later when Portman was elected to the Senate, McCain would jokingly tell reporters that Portman was “the jerk” who played Obama.

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