Vance was one of five Senate candidates in Ohio who spoke at a Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
"Vance praised the keynote speaker for the event, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cameron's handling of the investigation has sparked controversy. No police officers were charged with Taylor's death and only one officer faced charges of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighbor's house," the newspaper reported.
Vance did not mention Taylor by name, but the newspaper reported it seemed clear he was talking about her killing.
"It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome and very few national Republicans were honest about it," Vance said. "Everybody was apologizing for it. Everybody was sort of defensively accepting the idea that the police were at fault."
"We need somebody who is just honest about the fact that what happens when a violent criminal opens fire on the police is that the police should open fire back to protect our people and to protect our communities," Vance argued.
Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken, car dealer Bernie Moreno, and investment banker Mike Gibbons also addressed the Ohio Republican Pancake Breakfast.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior advisor Morgan Harper are seeking the Democratic Party nomination.