J.D. Vance: Listen to the Base

(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In one of the first calls on who should succeed Mitch McConnell as the leader of Senate Republicans, US Senator J.D. Vance has urged the GOP to choose someone who will “listen to the base” of conservative voters.

82-year-old McConnell, the longest-serving party leader in the history of Congress, announced last week that he would step down in November as Senate Minority Leader.

In an interview with the Fox News program “Sunday Morning Futures,” Vance (R-OH) declared the necessity for a shift in the Republican Senate’s leadership direction.

He criticized what he said was the current leadership’s apparent disregard for the party’s core supporters.

“I think that we have to use this leadership election to turn the page on Republican Senate leadership. You cannot have a Senate Republican leader who is far more obsessed with securing Ukraine’s border than he is focused on the American border. You can’t have a Senate Republican leader who seems to ooze hatred and dismay for the very people who vote most of the Republican elected leaders,” Vance stated.

He argued for a leadership that respects and listens to the base, underlining the importance of electing a leader who garners widespread trust among Republicans to enhance the party’s electoral prospects and governance.

McConnell’s tenure has been marked by controversy, including criticism from within his party for his handling of a border deal and his reluctance to endorse the leading GOP candidate for the 2024 presidential race, former President Donald Trump, The Daily Wire notes in a report.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), a former GOP whip and Trump endorser, has already announced his candidacy for McConnell’s position.

Other potential candidates include Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), and NRSC Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT).

McConnell’s decision comes in the wake of the tragic death of Angela Chao, Foremost Group CEO and sister to McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

Angela’s death, following her discovery in a car submerged in a pond on a Texas ranch, has prompted a criminal investigation.

Despite their differences, Vance extended his “condolences to Mitch McConnell’s family,” wishing McConnell well in his future endeavors.