Ohio Republicans tie in with Trump’s rhetoric as they battle for the Senate seat

The field of more than a dozen candidates includes former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Republican Party chair Jane Timken, businessman Bernie Moreno, Senator Matt Dolan, businessman Mike Gibbons, and JD Vance, author of the New York Times bestselling book. Backwoods Elegy. “Trump has not yet supported anyone in the race.

A desire to stand out while they worked to be viewed as the most Trump-like was shown on a candidate forum this week.

There six of the candidates beat the Democrat-led suffrage bill, For the People Act and vaccine mandates and reiterated their strong support for Trump – with some repeating the lie that the 2020 elections were “rigged” and “stolen”.

The most famous of the candidates, Vance, blatantly lied in 2020, claiming the tech industry worked with the Democrats to rig the election.

“That is why we have the disaster that we are having instead of a second term from Donald Trump,” he said.

Mandel made similar claims.

“Every time they try to cancel me, I say it louder and louder. So let me be very, very clear: I think this election was stolen from Donald J. Trump,” he said.

Wanting to reassure the crowd that he also believed the election was stolen, Moreno challenged Mandel’s claim that the former treasurer is the only one in the race to consistently make the false claim.

“I’ve said that every time. Maybe you came too late and didn’t hear me, ”Moreno said to Mandel.

Trump won Ohio in both 2016 and 2020, and his support could be vital in the competitive primary.

“The president is rightly popular in Ohio. He’s done some great things for Ohio. He’s done some great things for the country, so of course we applaud his support, just as the Democrats applaud the support of Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton and “Barack Obama’s support,” Moreno told CNN.

Vance – once a Trump critic who wrote in a now-deleted tweet that Trump was “reprehensible” – is now emphatically praising the former president.

A native of Middletown, he views cultural conflict intensely as the road to victory for Republicans across the country.

“I think Republican officials have long worried that the Culture Wars are their election enemy, or at least a weakness for them, and yet it turns out that many of our voters are voting on things like whether their children will be indoctrinated.” in schools or whether their children are being told that there are 40 or 50 or 80 genders, “Vance told far-right media company Breitbart News earlier this month.

Vance declined CNN’s interview requests.

Shannon Burns, who heads the Republican Party in Strongsville, said he was suspicious of Vance’s repentance.

“I’m suspicious. I think everyone should be suspicious. You will hear in his own words what he said about President Trump in a way that was not politically driven. He was clearly a self-proclaimed Never Trumper,” he said.

Burns credits Trump for transforming the GOP in Buckeye State.

“He did something for the Republican Party in Ohio that no other candidate could ever do. “Said Burns.

Timken suggested that she work to build a coalition that includes both Trump loyalists and non-Trump Republicans.

“I am the candidate who can form a victorious coalition of Trump supporters and educated parents and bring those suburban voters back … to not only win a primary but also the general election,” Timken said in an interview at her campaign office in Columbus on Tuesday.

Her office contains a picture of her with Trump and a large cartoon banner with the 45th President on a military-style tank surrounded by fireworks and the American flag.

Timken said that inflation and the economy are most important to Ohio voters. She took a subtle look at her rivals’ more fiery tactics:

“You can’t win a race on Twitter in Ohio. So in Ohio you don’t win this race. “

Dolan is the only Republican candidate not seeking Trump’s support. He doesn’t criticize the former president, but says the race should be tightly focused on politics.

“President Trump won’t vote in May 2022; Ohio Republicans will vote. And if you look at what I could do, my conservative results here in the state Senate … to see that these are good Republican ideals are helping Ohio grow, “Dolan told CNN.

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