Rep. Jim Renacci defends President Trump's 's-hole' remarks

"Again, when the administration and the president is weighing in to get you into a race, it's something I believe I should do".

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing unnamed Republicans with knowledge of the decision, that Renacci chose to run for Senate after White House political staff urged him to run against incumbent Sen.

"As soon as the president got on board, the [National Republican Senatorial Committee], the [Republican National Committee], they all wanted me to get on board", Renacci told Thursday.

However, in September, Renacci said he was leaving Washington to run for governor back in OH because he was frustrated after six and one-half years, with numerous career politicians in the nation's capital. "I learned as a business guy you have to be careful what you say because people pick everything up".

"I'm frustrated with too numerous career politicians that are there".

Elsewhere in the interview, Renacci remarked, "I think a lot like the president".

Renacci would be running against Democratic Sen. "The fact remains that Mike Gibbons is far better positioned to defeat Sherrod Brown than any member of Congress". But Cohen said he believes it would not help Renacci in a general election against Brown. "They all wanted me to come on board. Big differences. Businessman versus a career politician".

"Jim Tressel is welcome pretty much wherever he goes in OH", said Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio according to the Washington Examiner which says two unnamed party members have acknowledged that Tressel has not expressed interest in running for the Senate.

Renacci, appearing on Fox, said America shouldn't be judging the president by what he is saying now, adding that he "absolutely" wants Trump by his side as he seeks the GOP Senate nomination. He's a business guy. "The bottom line is, we're all made in the image of the Lord and we don't want to say disparaging things". "We have to change the agenda. We all make mistakes, but there's no excuse and when you do it you have to apologize". "But we also have to be able to work together".

Brown released a statement that said he disagrees with Renacci's assertion "that President Trump's disgusting and hateful comments about immigrants were speaking for what many Americans are thinking".

A source close to the Trump White House said Mr. Renacci met with the President's "political shop" Wednesday and encouraged him to run for the Senate.

Not Renacci, who told Fox and Friends Friday morning people should judge Trump after four years on what he's done, not what he says. "Let's not judge the president on what he says".

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