Leland Vittert Asks Ron Johnson Whether Republicans Are Having ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ Over JD Vance: ‘Is He Ready for Primetime?’

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and NewsNation anchor Leland Vittert got into an argument on Tuesday over Republican vice presidential nominee JD Vance’s suitability for “primetime” after Vittert asked whether it was true that Republicans were having second thoughts .

“Donald Trump could have essentially ended the presidential race at the convention by picking Nikki Haley as his running mate,” said Vittert on his NewsNation show On Balance. “Instead, he chose JD Vance, firebrand senator from Ohio. Tim Alberta of The Atlantic reports that Republicans are having buyer’s remorse.”

After Vittert asked Johnson whether reports about Republicans having “buyer’s remorse” about Vance were true, Johnson replied, “I don’t think so. I’ve served with JD now for almost two years and I don’t feel he’s a firebrand or bombastic. He’s intelligent.”

Vittert went on to play Johnson a compilation of some of Vance’s “unflattering” moments during a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday, before asking, “Is he ready for primetime?”

“First of all, you start out saying he’s a firebrand, you know, implying he’s bombastic. That seems like a pretty measured approach. He’s got a sense of humor. He’s engaging. I think that’ll appeal to an awful lot of voters, particularly here in Wisconsin,” replied Johnson. “I personally found that pretty appealing the way he was presenting himself.”

Vittert explained, “Well, firebrand in terms of his views. I think we can all agree some of the things he’s said on abortion and marriage and others appeal to a certain demographic. I’ll leave it at that.”

He continued:

The delivery of those lines, if we made a mashup, we could make an equally sort of unflattering mashup of Kamala Harris, and I’m wondering if, given now that Kamala Harris is at the top of the ticket, if picking JD Vance wasn’t an enormous missed opportunity? A Glenn Youngkin, a Doug Burgum, a Nikki Haley, somebody to appeal to the center now that Democrats have an enormous amount of wind in their sails.

Johnson shot back, “I’m just not agreeing with your assessment here. I didn’t hear any word salads coming out of JD. He was just trying to be personable there,” before concluding, “The extreme position on abortion is held by Vice President Kamala Harris. She wants unrestricted abortion up to the moment of birth.”

Watch above via NewsNation.

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‘You’re Going To Lose’: Lawrence Jones Warns Republicans ‘Unnecessary’ Attacks On Harris’ Race Will ‘Tick Voters Off’

Fox & Friends host Lawrence Jones warned Republicans attacking Democratic presumptive nominee Kamala Harris as a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hire will make turn the election into an “identity politics race” and “tick voters off.”

The criticism comes after several Republicans, including Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) repeated his claim that Harris was only selected because of Harris’ racial and gender identity, in the wake of President Joe Biden’s endorsement of her.

Jones urged conservatives, to the agreement of other Fox & Friends hosts like Steve Doocy, not to “make that the one thing” they’re “attacking her on” and to focus on Harris’ record instead.

You can attack at all these other attacks are just unnecessary. It’s going to tick voters off. It’s going to make this an identity politics race. And if you decide to do that you’re going to lose. If you start attacking her based on being dei and all the other stuff like that. You are going to turn voters off.

Look, I understand it, Biden set the stage for it saying: ‘Hey, I’m only going to select a black woman.’ You never want to make… when the GOP Is gaining ground in black America for that to be the one thing you are attacking her on… There is a lot of stuff we just laid out.

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‘I Forgot That You Existed’: Ted Lieu Quotes Taylor Swift Lyrics In Spat With Ben Shapiro Over ‘Manufactured Enthusiasm’ For Harris

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) hit out at conservative commentator Ben Shapiro with Taylor Swift lyrics, declaring “everything has changed” in response to a viral clip in which Shapiro compared the “manufactured enthusiasm” from Democrats for presumptive nominee Kamala Harris to the popularity of Swift.

Shapiro appeared on Jesse Watters Primetime on Fox News on Tuesday night to criticize the excitement around Harris’ campaign and attacking her record, joking that he had not seen so much “manufactured enthusiasm for anyone outside of Taylor Swift’s last album.”

“It’s amazing,” he added, drawing laughter from host Jesse Watters.

As the clip was shared widely online late Tuesday, however, the California congressman weighed in to quote Swift song lyrics at Shapiro, including that he’d “forgot” that Shapiro “existed.”

Other Democrats also weighed in, including former President Barack Obama’s spokesman-turned-podcaster Tommy Vietor who reflected it was “hard to think of [a] worse example of someone with manufactured enthusiasm than Taylor Swift” given that her international “tour just grossed over a billion dollars.”

Watch above on Fox News.

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James Carville Warns of ‘Realism’ Facing Kamala Harris Campaign: ‘Tough Sledding Ahead’

Long-time Democratic strategist James Carville had a warning for Democrats ahead of the general election: don’t think this is going to be easy.

While appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Carville talked with co-host Mika Brzezinski about the beginnings of Vice President Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign , which was off to a record-setting start. Carville acknowledged the change in enthusiasm among Democrats and had positive things to say about Harris, but he also issued a stark reminder that the race was far from over :

Carville: This has been a real change in mood in party and around a country, but we got to be a little careful. About ten percent too much triumphalism going on, and you know, it’s going to be a very difficult race. It’s going to be very close, and I understand that people are feeling a lot better and excited. But that excitement has got to be tempered with realism, and the realism is she has a tough campaign on, and as you say, she’s got several things she’s got to accomplish at the same time. But having said that, there’s been real growth in Vice President Harris. I mean, you can just see the difference. And she just looked so confident to me yesterday. I didn’t put the sound on. I just left the video, and I liked what I saw, I’ll be honest with you.

Brzezinski: Yeah, but tell me about that realism. Tell me about the realism of the months to come. I mean, there’s a short amount of time, and a lot is going to happen.

Carville: You’re right, and they’re having to put a campaign together right away. They were obviously thinking about this ahead of time, but they got they got to accomplish between now and the convention, they got accomplish what most campaigns have eight months to do. So I’m not I’m not saying it can’t do it, but people are excited about the party feeling better about itself. You know, we have a woman, a non-white woman, and people are genuinely and understandably excited about that. But we also got a locked-in and entrenched opponent who’s got a large part of the country behind him who are going to pull out — and they don’t care what’s true of what’s fair or anything else — and you got to be ready for that at every point. And all I’m saying to Democrats is, enjoy yourself, feel good, but it’s tough sledding ahead, and let’s get together and get this thing done.

Watch the video above via MSNBC.

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