Survey in recent years showed that Republican voters are less likely than Democrats to support active leadership of the United States in world affairs, and Trump pollsters have argued that the basis is regardless of the policies of other countries. At the same time, the founding Republicans also respected the party’s Cold War stance of “peace through force,” a view most articulated by Ronald Reagan.
“I think Ohio Republicans have the same mindset as Republicans nationally when it comes to them,” said Mark R. Weaver, a Republican strategist in Columbus. How drastic should it be in defending Ukraine?
Ohio has large and politically active Eastern European communities, including about 80,000 Ukrainian Americans. But the state also has a history of supporting isolationism, dating back to Robert Taft Jr., a senator who opposed American involvement in World War II.
The question in Ohio’s Senate primaries was: Which faction is bigger?
Jeff Sadosky, a former adviser to Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, said: “Vance is clearly arguing that he supports more voters than he does not support this America First isolationism. Sadosky is currently holding a neutral position in the race.
Portman, a Republican who is retiring this year, made his bet: Last week, he endorsed Timken, and three other senators followed. Portman, the head of Ukraine’s caucus in the Senate, remains a favorite in Ohio, and his signature will likely carry some weight with Republican donors.
Vance made another calculation.
He’s been filling his Twitter feed with comments about Ukraine for several weeks now, hitting several topics at once. First, the fate of Ukraine is not a concern of the United States. Second, he is more concerned about illegal immigration. And third, corrupt elites have conspired to draw Americans into pointless wars.
“It’s worth repeating: our leaders are more concerned with Ukraine’s borders than with our own,” Vance wrote. on Twitter.
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