WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman will not be among the Republican members of Congress objecting to the results of the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday.
In a prepared statement released Monday afternoon, Portman said that he stood in opposition when Democrats attempted to object to President George W. Bush’s re-election in 2005 and that he cannot now support Republicans doing the same thing.
“The Constitution created a system for electing the President through the Electoral College that ensures the people and the states hold the power, not Congress. I cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters,” Portman said in the prepared statement.
He went on: “I was concerned then that Democrats were establishing a dangerous precedent where Congress would inappropriately assert itself to try to reverse the will of the voters. I cannot now support Republicans doing the same thing.”
Portman was co-chair of Trump’s re-election campaign in Ohio, where the president won by more than 8 percentage points for the second time.
About a dozen GOP senators and more than 100 members in the House of Representatives plan to object to certification of the results from the Electoral College on Wednesday, according to several media reports.
Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, a close ally of Trump who reportedly will receive the Medal of Freedom from the president, described the expected objection process during an appearance on Fox News over the weekend, repeating allegations of voter fraud that have not survived court considerations.
Congressman Anthony Gonzalez will not object, according to his office. Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, is "currently evaluating the vote on Wednesday" and hasn't announced whether he will object or not, according to his office Tuesday morning.
“We have probably over a hundred House members who want to object to the various states, the six states in question, and then we have the 11 senators,” Jordan told Fox News over the weekend. “. Let’s say we get to Georgia and there’s an objection from a House member and a senator, then each body will retire to their respective chamber, they’ll have a two hour debate, there’ll be a vote, they’ll come back. If there’s a vote to object, to not accept, those electors from that respective state, then they won’t be accepted.”
He added, “If you go through that process and neither candidate has 270 electoral votes, then the Constitution is clear: There’s a vote in the House of Representatives, done by delegations. The ultimate arbiter here, the ultimate check and balance, is the United States Congress. We have a duty to step forward and have this debate and have this vote on the 6th of January.”
Buses of protesters, including some from Ohio, also are expected to make the trip on Wednesday to Washington, D.C., for the certification vote.