Ohio Sen. Portman says Romney shows electability

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says Mitt Romney's Florida win shows he has the diverse appeal needed to win Ohio and the general election.

Rob Portman, who's from the Cincinnati suburb of Terrace Park, was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" TV show on Wednesday, in the aftermath of Romney's primary victory. Portman endorsed Romney two weeks ago, saying he thinks the former Massachusetts governor is the best Republican candidate to face President Barack Obama.

Portman said Wednesday that Romney has become a better candidate through his tough primary battles, and by improving his debate performances and honing his message.

The senator said winning a big diverse state such as Florida demonstrates how Romney can attract conservatives and a broad base of voters.

Ohio's primary will be March 6.