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Don't be too quick to leave a marriage to violent spouse

Vance suggested in comments captured on video that parents struggling in violent or abusive marriages shouldn't rush to get divorced. Vance's comments were recorded last September during an event at a California high school. The senatorial candidate's own parents divorced when he was younger, with his grandparents soon becoming his and his sister's primary caretakers, according to his autobiographical book, "Hillbilly Elegy."

In the recorded video, Vance suggested that the "sexual revolution" was to blame for people being too quick to leave their marriages. He further stated that a person shouldn't necessarily seek a divorce due to a violent spouse, and said that the victim of the violence should try to make things work to ensure their child's happiness and well-being in the long term. His comments contradict what experts say is best for adults and children in those situations.

Source: Truthout.org on 2022 Illinois Senate race , Jul 25, 2022

Divorce might be better for mom & dad, but not for the kids

[On ending an unhappy marriage]: "This is one of the great tricks that I think the sexual revolution pulled on the American populace," Vance said in the video [recorded in California last September], "which is the idea that like, 'well, OK, these marriages were fundamentally, you know, they were maybe even violent, but certainly they were unhappy. And so getting rid of them and making it easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear, that's going to make people happier in the long term.'" Vance rejected that premise.

"Maybe it worked out for the moms and dads, though I'm skeptical. But it really didn't work out for the kids of those marriages," he claimed. "And that's what I think all of us should be honest about, is we've run this experiment in real time. And what we have is a lot of very, very real family dysfunction that's making our kids unhappy."

Decades of research back up say that "staying together for the kids" is not always the best option for couples.

Source: Truthout.org on 2022 Illinois Senate race , Jul 25, 2022

Reinvigorate American families; tax code penalizes marriage

Many of our families are broken. I know what it's like to grow up without a father in the home, and the problems that can create for a lifetime. We need to reinvigorate the American family, make it easier to support a family on a single middle-class wage, and encourage fathers to step up in families across our country. Currently our tax code penalizes marriage and family, we should turn that on its head and reward marriage and family.
Source: 2021 OH Senate campaign website JDVance.com , Oct 3, 2021

Expanded childcare favors affluent over working class

Vance uses his Twitter feed to position himself as a leading voice in the culture wars while promoting the institutional distrust nurtured by the former president and his allies. Vance argued that President Joe Biden's push for expanded childcare favored "the lifestyle preferences of the affluent over the preferences of the middle and working class."
Source: NBC News on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Jul 1, 2021

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