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Experienced negotiating with companies to stay in Ohio

The two tussled over who is in better touch with Ohio businesses. Portman, as he frequently does on the campaign trail, touted the more than 70 company tours and plant visits he's made to illustrate that he is attentive to the needs of businesses. And he suggested Fisher let companies [leave Ohio] by not staying in touch with them.

He cited as an example the air freight company DHL which devastated Wilmington when it began shuttering operations in 2008. DHL shocked city and state officials when it announced plans in 2008 to discontinue ground delivery services, which led to the end of operations in Wilmington and the loss of nearly 8,000 jobs.

Fisher responded to Portman's criticism about company visits that he doesn't need to tour factories because he's has on-the-ground experience negotiating deals and saving companies.

Portman shot back: "Maybe you ought to visit some more of those factories because that's not what I'm hearing."

Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 8, 2010

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