Ted Strickland officially announces run for U.S. Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people.

The former governor announced the run, as expected, on Wednesday. His entry adds a formidable statewide name to what is expected to be one of the most watched and expensive of next year’s Senate races.

In a statement, Strickland said he wants to “save the American Dream” by going back to basics, such as creating living-wage jobs, investing in job-creating local infrastructure projects and making college accessible and affordable.

Portman said voting for Strickland, whom Republicans have widely attacked for presiding over heavy job losses, would be a step backward.

Strickland would face 30-year-old Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in a Democratic primary.

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