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Republican reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz supported Ohio GOP Senate candidate JD Vance at a meeting on Saturday and said Vance is the right person to fight for conservative values and win Ohio’s open Senate seat in November.
“JD Vance put on a clinic in the debates, in the primary elections,” Gaetz, R-Fla., Told Fox News in an interview before the convention. “Donald Trump saw those debates. He saw how JD was aggressive and assertive, and he had visions and energy … That’s the kind of leadership we need. That’s the kind of leadership that Marjorie and I seek in Washington. , DC. “
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Gaetz and Greene, R-Ga., Clashed with Vance in front of a noisy crowd in Newark, Ohio, ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary election.
They criticized the Democrats for allegedly teaching gender identity in schools, claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exaggerated masks and vaccines, and despised RINO (Republican In Name Only) Republicans, who they said regularly praised Democrats and the “corrupt” “political establishment.
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Greene and Gaetz said Vance would be an ally of them in Congress.
“This is the whole reason I supported JD early on because I know he’s a businessman, he’s a family man. He cares about traditional values that Americans desperately want Congress to care about,” Greene said. .
Gaetz and Greene are two of the most controversial members of Congress, often landing in hot water, even with the GOP’s leadership over their public comments. But Vance, who is also backed by former President Donald Trump, praised them and told Fox News that their support should show that he will not compromise on key issues if elected.
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“These two people right here. And I think it sends a signal that I do not want to stab our voters in the back,” Vance said.
Vance’s opponents often attack him over the fact that he was very critical of Trump during the 2016 election. sufficiently pro-Trump.
Several voters who spoke to Fox News Friday at a meeting of former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, one of four other major candidates in the primary, said they were disappointed with Trump’s approval of Vance. One called Vance a “Judas”.
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Vance has acknowledged the comments about the former president and says he has had a real heart attack.
“I just think you have to tell the truth. No? A lot of people change their minds about Donald Trump, and I’m one of them,” Vance said. “Many of our voters don’t mind it as long as you’re just being honest with them.”
Several voters who spoke to Fox News after the Vance rally on Saturday said they were previously undecided as to whether they would support the candidate because of his comments about Trump.
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“After I heard him speak, it was good enough for me,” Vickie Boychan told Fox News. “He admitted to having said some of the things that were said on TV, and he … admitted it and was sorry, and that was enough.”
Vance said, “It’s not really about what I said about Trump six years ago.”
“People are not focused on the past,” he said.
Fox News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.