Sen. Vance: Listen to GOP Base When Picking New Senate Leader

( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is stepping down from his role as the GOP leader in the Senate at the end of the year; he announced the move on Wednesday, February 28. McConnell will continue to serve out the remainder of his term which extends until the 2026 midterm elections, however.

The question remains: who will replace him as GOP Senate leader? McConnell has been in the role for 17 years. Republicans are currently divided over replacing him with someone who is aligned with former and potentially future President Donald Trump. Some Republicans clearly don’t want a Trump-friendly figure in the crucial role.

Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) wants to see someone more popular with the Republican base assigned to the task. During a discussion on “Sunday Morning Futures” Vance told Fox News audiences that we need a new generation of leadership that’s more focused on America’s needs. He suggested that the new Senate GOP leader should be friendly toward the Republican party base.

Vance said that the Republican base is made up of “good people” and suggested their leaders in Washington should more readily consider their input. He said establishment politicians that show open disdain for Republican considerations or who care more about Ukraine than the southern border aren’t healthy for the nation or the GOP.

Vance added that it was important that the new leader helps the party win elections and inspires the base. He said that those are the “most important” things which would help leaders effectively govern the nation. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) agreed, and suggested to Newsmax viewers that it was “imperative” the next Senate GOP boss works with Trump, instead of against him.

Anti-Trump Republicans include outgoing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who will retire at the end of the year. Romney is an outspoken anti-Trump voice in the GOP who said he wouldn’t endorse Trump in the November contest against Biden. Romney suggested that Trump’s political allies don’t actually support him but are doing so for political reasons.

Many Republicans are beginning to rally around Trump as the primary season winds down with his status as the presumptive nominee all but assured.

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