Former U.S. Trade Representative under former President Trump Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday endorsed J.D. Vance in his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Lighthizer, an Ohio native, called Vance an “advocate” for the middle-class, joining a growing list of former Trump officials in supporting the best-selling author’s campaign.
“I’m proud to endorse JD Vance’s candidacy for U.S. Senate. JD will advocate for our working-class and work to rebuild our country’s industrial base by continuing President Trump’s America First foreign policy that renegotiated trade deals and held big corporations accountable,” Lighthizer said of Vance’s candidacy.
“He will stand up to China, which already has its claws in our tech industry and fight for the forgotten communities of Ohio whose jobs were shipped overseas. He is the strong leader that Ohio needs in the U.S. Senate.”
In recent weeks, Vance’s campaign has strung together multiple endorsements, including Representative Jim Banks (R-IN-03).
Furthermore, Vance pledged to listen to Lighthizer’s policy suggestions, if elected to office.
“From during his time as a trade official in the Reagan Administration and over the last 30 years, Bob Lighthizer has been one of the most consistent voices for pro-America, pro-middle class trade policy. If our leaders had listened to Bob in the 1990s and 2000s, we would not have seen China steal millions of middle-class manufacturing jobs, and we would have far more self-sufficiency and prosperity,” Vance said in the joint statement.
“President Trump gave Ambassador Lighthizer perhaps the most important job in American economic policy, and he did a great job for our president and country. I’m honored to have his support, and I’ll be thrilled to rely on his counsel when I get to the Senate.”
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