Democratic challenger and former Gov. Ted Strickland (L) and Republican incumbent Rob Portman (Photo credit: Karen Kasler/Statehouse News Bureau)

GOP’s Portman, Democrat Strickland Face Off In 2nd Debate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio are beginning their second debate.

The Monday meeting between Republican incumbent Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland is taking place in Columbus.

The race has drawn new attention following the release of a 2005 video that captured Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump making lewd comments about women.

Portman withdrew his previous support for Trump after the video was released. In the candidates’ first debate on Friday, Strickland said the timing of the decision showed “cowardice.” Portman said he had hoped to support the nominee selected by his party.

The two will meet once again on Thursday at the Cleveland City Club.