House firebrands Gaetz, Greene say Vance is the Senate ally they need in rowdy campaign stop

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Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz backed Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance at a rally Saturday, saying Vance is the right person to fight for conservative values and win Ohio’s open Senate seat in November.

“J.D. Vance gave a clinic in debates, in primaries,” Gaetz (R-Fla) told Fox News in an interview prior to the rally. Trump saw those debates. He saw J.D. He was assertive and aggressive, with vision and energy. This is the type leadership we need. This is the type of leadership that Marjorie and I seek in Washington, D.C.”

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Gaetz and Greene, R-Ga., stumped for Vance in front of a rowdy crowd in Newark, Ohio, ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary election.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., at a rally for Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance in Newark, Ohio.

Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) at a rally to support J.D., the Ohio GOP Senate candidate. Vance, Newark, Ohio.
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They slammed Democrats for allegedly pushing gender identity lessons in schools, claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overreached on masks and vaccines and decried RINO (Republican In Name Only) Republicans who they said regularly cave to Democrats and the “corrupt” political establishment.

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Greene and Gaetz said Vance would be an ally for them in Congress. This is why I endorsed JD so early. I know he’s both a businessman and a family man. Greene stated that he cares about the traditional values that Americans need Congress to protect.

Gaetz, Greene and others are two of the most controversial members in Congress. Their public comments often land them in serious trouble with the GOP leadership. Vance, who was also endorsed by Donald Trump, spoke highly of them and said that their support should be a sign that he will not compromise on key issues if elected.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks at a rally for Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance

Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican from Georgia) speaks at a rally to support J.D., the Ohio GOP Senate candidate. Vance
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“These two people right here. Vance stated that he believes that this sends a message that I’m not going back to our voters.”

Vance’s opponents often attack him over the fact he was highly critical of Trump during the 2016 election. This has been the subject of attacks ads and letters from GOP officials and activists claiming that voters don’t trust Vance to have enough support for Trump.

Several voters who talked to Fox News Friday at a rally for former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, one of four other major candidates in the primary, said they were disappointed with Trump’s endorsement of Vance. One called Vance a “Judas.”

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Vance has acknowledged the comments about the former president and says he’s had a genuine change of heart.

Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance speaks at a rally in Newark, Ohio.

Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance speaks at an event in Newark, Ohio.
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“I just think you have to tell the truth. Right? Vance stated that Donald Trump is changing the minds of many people. “A lot of our voters are open to you being honest with them. “

Multiple voters who spoke to Fox News after the Vance rally Saturday said they were previously undecided on whether they’d support the candidate because of his comments about Trump.

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“After I heard him speak, that was good enough for me,” Vickie Boychan told Fox News. “He admitted that he said some of the things that were spoken on TV, and he… apologized for it. That was enough. “

Vance stated, “It’s really not about what I said six years ago about Trump.”

Gaetz agreed.

“People don’t focus on the past,” he stated.

Fox News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.

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