JD Vance on his ‘change of mind’ for Trump: Politicians shouldn’t ‘try to hide’ from their past positions

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DALLAS- “Hillbilly Elegy” author and U.S. Senate candidate from Ohio, JD Vance, emerged victorious in one of the most intense GOP primaries of the 2022 election cycle.

Vance, who was trailing in the polls, received a major boost of approval from former President Trump, shocking onlookers as Vance was previously a vocal critic of the Republican flag bearer. He went on to land the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio.

Speaking to Fox News Digital at CPAC Dallas last week, Vance openly acknowledged that he had “changed his mind” regarding his views on Trump, but dismissed the idea that he should “don the needle” to win the Republican primary.

“When you change your mind, when you change your mind, you just have to be honest about it. When the facts change, you have to change your mind in this country,” Vance said. “Trump was a great president. I think that’s great for the people of Ohio. And I think it’s actually refreshing for a person running for political office not to try to hide or to pretend she didn’t say anything and say, ‘Yeah, I didn’t like him in 2016. I liked him now because he was a great president. It really is as simple as that.”

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JD Vance, GOP candidate for the Ohio Senate, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Vance has taken a swipe at corporate media which he says is ‘in the tank of the Democratic Party’, particularly for failing in his view to challenge Democratic opponent Tim Ryan, who campaigned as a moderate despite his House of Representatives voting record being “100%” in line with President Biden, according to FiveThirtyEight.

“Look, it’s not just that he’s a tough Nancy Pelosi Democrat. It’s not just that he always bends the knee to the Democratic National Party. He’s a guy who, in the middle of ‘an inflation crisis, try to give tax credits to the rich to buy electric vehicles,” Vance said. “How does that make sense to Ohioans? This is not the case. It doesn’t make sense to Ohio autoworkers, it certainly doesn’t make sense to Ohio consumers either.”

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He continued: “But at the end of the day, it’s not just that he has bad ideas. Tim Ryan is lazy. He’s been in Congress for 20 years. He’s got three bills passed, Post Office them renamed them all. It’s a joke. We shouldn’t promote a guy who’s been such a failure to the people in his own district.”

In response to Vance’s comments, Tim Ryan’s campaign communications director Izzi Levy told Fox News, “San Francisco fraud JD Vance is throwing a tantrum because he’s overwhelmed and overwhelmed. by Tim Ryan If Vance had spent more than a few days at a time in Ohio since launching his billionaire-backed vanity campaign, he would know that Tim has fought to expand gas production and use natural in Ohio. While Tim strives to cut taxes for workers and cut costs, Vance has no plan and only shows that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he gets down. takes on Ohio’s fast-growing electric vehicle industry that promises to employ thousands of workers across the state.”

DALLAS, TEXAS – AUGUST 05: JD Vance, co-founder of Narya Capital Management LLC and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio, speaks at the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hilton Anatole on August 05, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – AUGUST 05: JD Vance, co-founder of Narya Capital Management LLC and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio, speaks at the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hilton Anatole on August 05, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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In addition to Vance’s agenda if elected to the Senate, he tackles the border crisis, which he links to the influx of fentanyl and sex trafficking in the United States, the fight against inflation, which he says can be curbed by investing in American energy and emboldening parents about the lives of their children. education.

“We can’t go back on masking school kids. We can’t tell school kids they’re bad or oppressive if they have their own skin color, those things – empowering parents I think that’s going to be a big deal as the kids get back to school, and we’re going to fight for that,” Vance told Fox News Digital.

Vance also sounded the alarm on the corporate ESG movement, what he calls a “leftist takeover of the American economy.”

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ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social and Governance, has become a growing concern among conservative critics who accuse the movement of ultimately harming consumers and business owners by prioritizing social justice and the green agenda .

“Tim Ryan says he represents working people, but all of his donors are companies that make it harder for normal Ohioans to express themselves, they get censored on social media, they get fired for working in natural gas or oil and gas exploration,” Vance said. “The simple fact is, we can’t let left-wing propagandists take over the American economy. You can’t–you can’t say that unless you have the right policy. You can’t get investment to start a business in that. That’s what ESG is all about, and we have to fight that.”

Vance says there “absolutely” needs to be a legislative solution to tackle ESG, calling for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight of the Biden administration, which he says has only done fuel the movement.

JD Vance, co-founder of Narya Capital Management LLC and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., Friday, August 5 2022. Photographer: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

JD Vance, co-founder of Narya Capital Management LLC and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., Friday, August 5 2022. Photographer: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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When asked if he would back Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader if Republicans regain a majority in November, Vance refrained from committing.

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“At the end of the day, I will support whoever is the most American first candidate for Senate Majority Leader,” Vance said. “I have no idea who’s showing up, I have no idea what they’re doing, but at the end of the day, I expect to be there, and I expect to vote for the leader of majority in the Senate, whoever it is.”

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