Vance has been trying to dramatically reinvent himself as all-in for Trump while embracing a Republican message of business populism – and Mandel’s allies are on the offensive to keep Vance from filling the void in the race to replace the retired GOP -Senator Rob Portman closes.
“I’m a Never Trump guy,” Vance said in a 2016 interview with Charlie Rose, a clip that was used in both of the new ads. “I never liked him.”
Both ads also include a screenshot of a Vance tweet from October 2016. “My God, what an idiot,” he wrote, referring to Trump.
Vance expressed a similar opinion in other interviews and since-deleted tweets from the period, including public reflection on the idea of supporting Hillary Clinton, calling Trump “harmful” and “objectionable.”
The ads will replay those comments to viewers who watch NFL and NCAA games on the Cincinnati television market, with a smaller purchase from Fox News and a radio commercial to match.
Vance said he regretted his criticism of Trump.
“JD is a strong supporter of President Trump, and his surge in the polls terrifies the same pro-Chinese, globalist DC establishment that spent millions of dollars attacking President Trump in 2016 for fear of someone who would Trump stands. “And working-class Americans on tariffs and pro-American trade policies elected in the US Senate,” Vance press secretary Taylor Van Kirk said in a statement.
Democrats largely agree behind MP Tim Ryan.
Trump still has to endorse himself in the seven-fold GOP primary, in which almost all candidates present themselves as loyal to the former president.
While Mandel’s internal polls this summer found the former State House MP had a 28 percentage point lead in the race, a poll commissioned by a Pro-Vance Super PAC found Mandel just 3 points ahead Vance with 19 percent and 16 percent. or This poll published on Thursday was carried out by Trump’s pollster Tony Fabrizio.
JD Vance, venture capitalist and author of Hillbilly Elegy, speaks to a rally in Ohio on July 1 | Jeff Dean / AP Photo
However, Club for Growth PAC’s own updated polls still show that Almond has a clear lead. The latest poll, conducted September 27-30 by WPA Intelligence and obtained by POLITICO, found that Mandel was in the lead with 35 percent of the vote, while Vance and investment banker Mike Gibbons were equal at 12 percent. Former GOP state chairman Jane Timken, tech company executive Bernie Moreno, and state Senator Matt Dolan registered in the single digits.
While Senator Sherrod Brown was nationwide re-elected a Democrat in 2018, Ohio has changed the shades of red in recent years. Trump carried the unique swing state by 8 points in 2016 and won it again in 2020 by the same margin.
Club For Growth, a conservative organization that generally supports candidates who support lower tax and spending and anti-regulation policies, is against Vance’s message of business populism, such as increasing taxes on companies sending jobs out of the country .
Timken, the former Ohio Republican Party leader, launched her own statewide ad purchase on Friday, calling for the sacking of Anthony Fauci, who led the country’s public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic.