Josh Hawley Endorses JD Vance for Ohio Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) walks through the basement of the U.S. Capitol Building on August 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 69-30 to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill today before moving on to budgetary resolutions. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) endorsed JD Vance on Tuesday, contending that the Ohio Senate Republican candidate would fight to put “American citizens first.”

Hawley said in a statement:

I’m proud to endorse JD Vance for U.S. Senate from Ohio. JD knows well the devastating realities that our country faces. Especially in Ohio, families gripped by addiction have the cards stacked against them and entire towns continue to plummet. JD will fight for tighter restrictions at the southern border, bring back a robust manufacturing industry and put the needs of our own American citizens first.

Hawley, who advocates for former President Donald Trump’s America First policy platform in the Senate, said, “JD is the only candidate out in front of the corruption in our technology industry. He will crack down on Big Tech bowing down to China, stand up for the American worker, and put our country back on the track of prosperity and opportunity.”

Vance hopes to replace the outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) during the 2022 Senate elections. Vance first gained attention after his book, Hillbilly Elegy, became a national phenomenon. The book told the story of growing up in a working-class steel mill city in Kentucky.

“I’m honored to receive Josh’s endorsement. No one else in the U.S. Senate has fought as tirelessly against the Big Tech monopolists who censor conservatives and control the flow of information in our country. Josh points the way toward a conservatism that stands for the interests and values of American workers and families,” Vance said in a statement.

Hawley endorsed Vance over a swathe of other Ohio GOP candidates for the Senate seat; other candidates include former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken, and entrepreneur Mike Gibbons.

J. D. Vance speaking with attendees at the 2021 Southwest Regional Conference hosted by Turning Point USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

J. D. Vance speaking with attendees at the 2021 Southwest Regional Conference hosted by Turning Point USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) also endorsed Vance for Senate.

Vance slammed Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in a statement in August after Portman, along with other senators and the Biden White House, pushed a cryptocurrency regulation to benefit big tech.

Vance said:

Our tech sector used to be defined by innovative upstarts and is now dominated by boring monopolists. They focus less on tech development and more on corporate buzzwords like “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The crypto community has stood in stark contrast to this shift. It is one of the few sectors of our economy where conservatives and other free thinkers can operate without pressure from the social justice mob.

He added, “This amendment threatens that community, which makes it an assault on the idea that our economy should be about making things instead of enforcing progressive dogma.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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