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Ohio politicians react to Biden picking Kamala Harris as running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his pick Tuesday. Here's what some of our Congress members are saying.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 19, 2019. Harris is tapping into a network of historically black colleges and universities to mobilize her supporters (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

TOLEDO, Ohio โ€” Ohio Democrats reacted to the news of Joe Biden's historic running mate pick by signing praises and even promising to work to win the state in November.

Republicans, on the other hand, criticized the choice, following President Donald Trump's lead, saying the choice represented a radical left. 

WTOL 11 reached out to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tuesday evening but did not hear back by the time this report was published. Gov. Mike DeWine's office declined to comment. 

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What are they saying? 

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: "Kamala Harris has spent her whole life lifting up the voices of the workers and families that are too often drowned out by the powerful and privileged. She took on Wall Street banks as California attorney general, and we have fought together on the Senate to make our country a more just and equal place - one that lives up to the ideals her parents taught her, from the pews of the 23rd Avenue Church of God, to marching alongside her mother for civil rights. Senator Harris will be a strong partner to Joe Biden, and she will be a role model for young girls everywhere who will finally see a leadership team in the White House that looks a little more like the vibrant country we are today, and reflects the more perfect union we strive to be." 

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo: "I commend Vice President Joe Biden for his choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Senator Harris has a distinguished record of public service at the local, state, and federal level. Her record will compliment Vice President Bidenโ€™s commitment to a presidency that stands for the people and not just the interests of the privileged few. I'm determined to work to deliver Ohio for the Biden-Harris ticket.

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green: "Kamala Harris is a leftist who had the most liberal voting record in the Senate. When Joe Biden made the decision to choose Senator Harris as his running mate, he made it clear that our country under their liberal agenda would change dramatically.  Americans would take the home less of their hard-earned paychecks because of higher taxes, the role of the federal government would be emboldened, consumer choice would be a luxury of the past and socialized health care would be the norm. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going in the wrong direction and plan on taking our country with them."

Lucas County Republican Party Spokesman Josh Culling: "Democrats have talked a big game about 'uniting the country,' but the selection of Kamala Harris as second in line to the presidency shows they aren't serious about doing so. Senator Harris supports Medicare for All, which would gut private health insurance; she wants to give taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants; and she is a leading proponent of the $93 trillion Green New Deal, which would kill jobs and our economy. "She will continue Joe Biden's assault on working families in Northwest Ohio, favoring radical left-wing ideas over good paying jobs and quality health care. The jig is up: Biden's status as a 'moderate' is over. This is the most radical presidential ticket in American history, and we simply cannot afford their agenda."

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Akron: 

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was on the shortlist to be a possible running mate, also reacted positively to the news saying she was extraordinarily proud to support Harris, 


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