LIMA — U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken stopped in Lima on Thursday morning for a campaign event at the Harley-Davidson store. Timken has branded herself as the ‘America First’ candidate in a crowded GOP field looking to win the seat of Senator Rob Portman in 2022.
At the event, Timken was joined by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has been traveling around Ohio with Timken to express her support for the campaign.
“I’m incredibly blessed to have the support of Governor Kristi Noem. She’s a strong, conservative woman,” Timken said. “It’s great to have those fighters like her that are going to stand up for our country.”
Timken, the former Ohio GOP Chair, has touted her record as a key player in helping former President Donald Trump win the state. She’s also been a harsh critic of COVID mask and vaccine mandates, as well as the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
Those same sentiments are shared by Governor Noem, who made it a point to visit Ohio not only to support Timken, but also to hear about issues and ideas that she can bring back to her home state.
“The people here all have the same spirit of hard work, the value of family, so there’s a lot in their state that really resonates with me just because they remind me of all my neighbors and family back home,” Noem said. “I think that a lot of what I’m sharing as far as our experience in our state, they can grab hold of and use, and then teach me as well.”
During her speech to Timken’s supporters, Noem stressed the need to strengthen the GOP by spreading its message instead of being divided by it.
“We have people in our lives that we’ve quit talking to. We figure they’re so far left, they’re a lost cause and we’ve quit talking to them. I need you to get over yourself,” Noem said. “Start building relationships with people again. Go sit down and listen to them. Take the anger and the emotion out of it. Listen to their thoughts and feelings, and make sure that you’re hearing them, then you’ll start talking policy.”
Timken also expressed the importance of taking care of rural Ohio towns like Lima.
“We need our economy moving, we need our workers back to work, we need to stand up for our farmers,” Timken said. “Also, our manufacturing base is incredibly important and we do a lot here in Ohio, so I’m going to take that message to people here.”
As the pair have traveled across the state together, it’s clear that one of the country’s most conservative governors has given a full backing to Timken’s campaign.
“I really believe in Jane,” Noem said. “I think she’s a hard worker, she makes good decisions. She’d be a really wonderful United States Senator from the great state of Ohio.”
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