“Like a lot of people, I criticized Trump in 2016,” Vance told Fox News’s Alicia Acuna in an interview Monday. “And I ask people not to judge me based on what I said in 2016, because I was very open that I said these critical things and I regret them, and I regret for mistaking the guy. I think he was a good president, I think he made a lot of good decisions for people, and I think he took a lot of criticism. ”
“I think… the most important thing is not what you said five years ago, but whether you are willing to stand up and take the heat and take the punches to truly stand up for the interests of the people. American, ”Vance said.
Vance also says in the clip shared by Mediaite that he recently met Trump at his estate in Mar-a-Lago and calls him a “good president.”
Vance, the bestselling “Hillbilly Elegy” author and venture capitalist, on Thursday announced his bid to fill the Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSinema emerges as Senate negotiator amid progressive angst The Hill’s Morning Report – Cheney “honored” to serve on select committee JD Vance jumps into Ohio Senate primarythe seat (R).
He has taken a pro-Trump stance in recent years, but contenders in the crowded GOP realm were expected to pounce on his past criticisms of Trump. He came under fire the last few days after CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski posted several since deleted tweets from Vance saying, among other things, that he would vote for Evan McMullin.
JD Vance deleted his tweet about voting for Evan McMullin.
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– andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 1, 2021
The only Democrat so far vying for the Ohio Senate seat, Rep.Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanJD Vance launches into Ohio Senate primary Senate candidates pass nuclear obstruction The Hill’s Morning Report – Bidens to travel to Surfside, Fla. Site of collapse MORE (D-Ohio) tweeted Thursday that he and Vance “have exactly one thing in common – neither of us voted for Donald Trump.”
.@ JDVance1 and I have exactly one thing in common: none of us voted for Donald Trump. https://t.co/9nyZBK9Hnc
– Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) July 1, 2021