Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cheney told Portman he was "much tougher" in debates than Lieberman


Another anecdote from Rob Portman's now legendary performances as stand-in for Democratic opponents of GOP presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

While preparing Dick Cheney for the vice presidential debate in 2000, Portman nailed the part of Joe Lieberman so well that Cheney later sent him a thank-you note scrawled on a poster advertising the debate.

"Rob - you were much tougher than my opponent," Cheney wrote.

In case you hadn't heard, Portman played the role of Barack Obama in prepping John McCain for his debates, and has also aped Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards -- who was apparently the easiest study.

Then there's this classic little morsel about the guy whose most severe personal baggage seems to be a parking ticket for a wrong turn.

"Rob Portman has had one beer in more places than any man in America," said Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, who has known Portman for more than a decade.

[Hat tip: Kevin Robillard]