Rep. Jim Renacci, who will be fighting in Ohio's Senate primary next week, pointed out Friday that he is the only one of five people in his race to have the backing of President Donald Trump.
"The president is powerful here," the Ohio Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"As I travel the state, I'm hearing the same thing. The first question everybody asks is 'how is the president doing?' They love the president here in Ohio."
Trump has endorsed Renacci, and the lawmaker pointed out that he has been consistently supportive of the president's agenda.
"As I get around the state, they understand who have the president's support," said Renacci, who was the subject of a Trump tweet 10 days ago, when the president offered his endorsement.
Renacci's main opponent, Mike Gibbons is not a politician, but a businessman, but Renacci said he is not concerned about that.
"I was one too," he said. "I was in business for 30 years. I ran for the office because the federal government took my car dealership in the General Motors bankruptcy...I'm still a CPA and I'm pretty much bringing my 30 years of business experience to Washington. I know that's what the president likes and I also know that's what the people like. I do have now a couple years in the House to understand how Washington is broken to get a head start on it in the Senate."
If Renacci wins the primary race, he'll head off against longtime Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who he describes as being "one of the three most liberal senators in the country."
"He votes with Elizabeth Warren," Renacci said. "People need to see that. He is a nice guy. I have gotten to know him over the year because I fly back and forth with him. Nice guy, bad policies, bad votes."
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