Republican Senate nominee for Ohio, J.D. Vance, told FoxNews on Friday that public polls are “a big joke” as the election is still a few months away.
To prove his point, Vance discussed the 2016 presidential election. At that time, the polls showed a tight contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Ohio.
However, the end result showed that Trump won the contest by around 8 percent. He also won in Ohio later in 2020, despite losing the overall presidential election.
Vance also brought up the topic of fundraising in the interview. He admitted that the Democrats had always been better when it came to this election aspect.
However, Vance said, “We started our TV advertising a couple of days ago, fundraising is going well and we’re certainly going have the money that we need to tell the story that Ohioans deserve to hear.”
According to recent public polls, Vance trailed behind his Democratic opponent, Tim Ryan.
Recently, Vance’s campaign launched a TV ad buy which is reportedly worth $1 million. The campaign works together with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Meanwhile, Vance’s opponent, Ryan, started his TV campaign last May. The campaign was reportedly worth $6 million.
Vance on campaign
During the interview, Vance made a jab at Ryan. He accused him of doing a “gaslighting campaign”.
“He is trying to persuade the people while that he’s a moderate when in fact, he’s been with Joe Biden 100% of the time,” Vance said.
“When the people of Ohio realize they’ve been lied to, and we’re going to make sure that they realize that they’ve been lied to, they’re not going to vote for this career politician who has no business in the Senate.”
Ryan’s side responded to this accusation through spokesperson Izzy Levi. She said Vance should not talk about “lying” in his campaign.
Levi brought up Vance’s non-profit organization in San Francisco that failed to address the opioid issue in the city. According to Levi, the organization was only a vehicle to launch Vance’s senatorial career.
For this election, Vance got an endorsement from Trump. In the primary, he defeated other candidates from the Republicans.
He was chastised not only by the opposition but even by other Republicans. Vance was slammed in particular for his absence on the campaign trail in Ohio.
The first-time nominee said he did not mind the criticism from fellow party members as the number was “small”.
“My argument to them is, look, I understand you didn’t necessarily like everything about the primary campaign,” Vance said. “It’s time to unite the party. It’s time to stop complaining and actually do the hard work of making sure that we beat Tim Ryan in November.”
In the FoxNews interview, Vance also emphasized his confidence in winning the election.
“For every loud voice there is criticizing our campaign, there are 100 people in the state of Ohio that are working hard, that are making sure we get the message out,” Vance told the reporter.
“Those are the people that are ultimately going to be responsible for us winning this race,” he continued.
Vance is a former hedge fund executive and author of best-selling titles. Meanwhile, Ryan has a more extensive political history than him, having spent several years in Congress advocating for working-class Americans.