During a tour of Auglaize County, Senator Rob Portman focused on regulatory reform and shied away from questions about a possible vice presidency.
The U.S. Senator spent the afternoon with Jack Buschur. The small business owner is concerned about over-regulation. Even though the country is no longer in a recession, Portman says more needs to be done to convince business leaders to expand.
"Right now, our economy desperately needs more people willing to take that risk, to be able to create jobs and opportunities like Jack has done here, and it can be really tough," said Portman.
Buschur's workforce was once 40 strong. He cut back during the recession, and now has about 25 employees. The businessman says he is reluctant to expand because the manufacturers his company serves are reluctant to expand.
The national media is also following Portman just in case a vice presidential announcement is made. That didn't happen Friday, but he did speak highly of Mitt Romney.
Senator Portman also visited Dannon Yogurt and Crown Equipment during his tour of Auglaize County.