JD Vance on Principles & Values



US most prosperous nation, our leaders let it decline

Our leaders have failed. They chose to flood our country with criminals and drugs. They chose to take a knee as radicals ransacked our cities and made our communities less safe. They chose to make a quick buck by selling our industrial base to China. They chose censorship over the First Amendment. Our parents and grandparents gave us the most prosperous nation in the world, and our leaders have chosen decline and plunder.
Source: 2021 OH Senate campaign website JDVance.com , Oct 3, 2021

Public policy views aligned with Catholic social teaching

My views on public policy and what the optimal state should look like are pretty aligned with Catholic social teaching. That was one of the things that drew me to the Catholic Church. I saw a real overlap between what I would like to see and what the Catholic Church would like to see. I hope my faith makes me more compassionate and to identify with people who are struggling. But my politics have been pretty consistent over the past few years.
Source: The American Conservative on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Aug 11, 2021

Leaders conspire to make life harder for normal Americans

Ohio needs a true conservative in the U.S. Senate. It needs someone who understands how our economic and government leaders conspire to make life harder for normal Americans. It needs someone who knows what it's like to live in a left-behind community. It needs someone who is not a career politician, recycling cheap establishment talking points instead of focusing on our real problems. A conservative outsider. That outsider is JD Vance.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website JDVance.com , Jul 4, 2021

Known as the "Trump Whisperer" for explaining his support

Vance was colloquially known as the Trump Whisperer by critics who said Vance could explain why Middletown and the surrounding areas showed up in droves to vote for President Trump.

"Trump was just talking about real issues," said Vance. "And whether you agreed or disagreed with the president I think most people recognized that he actually identified something real in our country, which is that a lot of the communities feel like they've been left behind, because they have been left behind."

Source: WTOL-11 Newsroom on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jul 3, 2021

Willing to wade through a little crap to save this country

I have two boys. I love those kids. I want them to live in the same great country that I lived in. If we don't do something, they're going to grow up in a country that's much poorer, that's much dirtier, that's much uglier, and where they can't even speak their mind as citizens. It's time to fight back though. If you're not willing to wade through a little crap to save this country, then you're not willing to stand up on the big stage, and I am.
Source: Fox News on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jul 2, 2021

Critical of Trump in 2016, enthusiastic supporter in 2020

He was initially critical of former President Donald Trump in 2016 but has since changed his mind about that, too. "I think he delivered on his promises to make the country a better place," Vance said. "So, I think I saw this guy, he was an outsider. I didn't really believe he was serious. And then I saw the guy in action. And I thought he was a successful president. That's why I supported him enthusiastically in 2020. So I changed because he did a good job."
Source: WCPO-TV ABC-9 on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jul 2, 2021

2016: Trump makes people I care about afraid

He was publicly critical of Trump during the 2016 election cycle--calling him "noxious" in an interview with NPR--and ultimately voted for independent Evan McMullin that year. He cast Trump supporters as unmarried, uneducated and less likely to attend church. "Trump makes people I care about afraid," Vance said in October 2016. "Immigrants, Muslims, etc. Because of this I find him reprehensible."
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jul 1, 2021

Wokeness will make everything boring and ugly

Vance was angered when he learned that writer Josh Safran, who will be the showrunner for the new "Gossip Girl" that will stream on HBO Max, has reworked the wealthy Manhattan socialite characters to make them more aware of the privileged lives they lead. Vance was not fond of this artistic decision, however, and railed that the teen drama was the latest work of art to fall victim to "wokeness."

"Wokeness will make everything boring and ugly," he wrote.

Source: RawStory.com blog on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jun 22, 2021

2016: Trump reprehensible; 2020: evolved to support Trump

Vance was once a stern critic of former President Trump. Now, as a candidate for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio, he is a big Trump fan. How and why Vance moved from one position to the other is a topic of red-hot debate [and] a window into the current state of the Republican Party, riven by tensions over the 45th president & the long shadow he casts.

CNN uncovered old tweets in which Vance had called Trump "reprehensible" in relation to his policies on "immigrants, Muslims etc." In another tweet from 2016, Vance said he would vote for an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, rather than Trump or Hillary Clinton. In early 2016, Vance wrote in USA Today that "Trump's actual policy proposals, such as they are, range from immoral to absurd."

Vance gave a penitent interview [this week]: "I ask folks not to judge me based on what I said in 2016, because I've been very open that I did say those critical things and I regret them, and I regret being wrong about the guy," Vance said.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2022 Ohio Senate race , May 6, 2021

Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA after presidency.

Vance is endorsed by Trump/MAGA endorsement list

Endorsements by Donald Trump, implying support of Trump's agenda and electoral style. The phrase "Make America Great Again" was popularized in Trump's 2015 book Time to Get Tough:Making America Great Again. It is the campaign slogan embroidered on the ubiquitous red caps seen at Trump rallies (which after Trump's presidency, became known as "MAGA rallies").

Source: Ballotpedia 2016-2022 endorsement list 2022-MAGA on Jan 1, 2022

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