Vance is taking on Democratic Representative Tim Ryan to fill the seat vacated by retired Republican Senator Rob Portman. A USA TODAY Network Ohio/Suffolk University poll released Monday showed Vance and Ryan nearly tied.
As Ryan increasingly focused on independent voters, Trump called the candidate an “anti-energy extremist,” linking him to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the “Green New Deal.”
Speaking for nearly 2 hours at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Trump was by turns bombastic and measured in his delivery, targeting transgender students in sports and calling for the death penalty for drug dealers and drug traffickers. human beings while opposing his vision of America to that of the Democrats on immigration, delinquency and abortion.
Trump also spoke at length about ongoing investigations into his own conduct since leaving office, including the seizure of classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago residence. Referring to the ‘swamp of Washington’ and the ‘unprecedented militarization of the Justice Department’, he said: ‘The people behind these savage witch hunts have no shame or morals or conscience and absolutely no respect. for the citizens of our country”. He further referred to a “messy persecution of me and my staff” which he described as “political repression”.
“I hope you’re going to do something about it, JD,” Trump said repeatedly throughout the rally.
Saluting MAGA elements from the boisterous crowd, Trump greeted political allies Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who were both in attendance. Trump pointed out that Vance had the support of Fox News hosts, MAGA allies Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity alongside Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Trump’s two sons, Eric and Don Jr.
Vance “is going to clinch the Senate for the Republicans,” Trump said, despite recent polls suggesting the Senate could escape the grip of the GOP and with the party at a significant financial disadvantage to the Democrats.
Since the May primary, Ryan has spent $12 million – a significant sum that dwarfs Vance’s $300,000. (Vance and the Republican National Senate Committee ran $1.7 million in coordinated ads.) Vance joined Republican senatorial candidates, including Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania, in a fundraiser across Florida this week. , joined by Florida Senator Rick Scott of the NRSC and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. .
In a brief speech after being invited to the podium by Trump, Vance attacked Ryan while urging a return to the policies the former president’s administration, he said, “made Ohio free , prosperous and safe”.
Trump recently traveled to Pennsylvania for Oz, seeking to convince his MAGA supporters that the famous TV doctor is one of them.
But in Youngstown, Trump often seemed far more focused on his own electoral fortunes than Vance’s, repeatedly teasing the possibility of his own race. “Stay tuned, everyone. Stay tuned,” he implored the eager crowd.