Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan rips his OWN national party and says he doesn’t ‘want’ them on his campaign and suggests Biden should have also addressed the economy in his danger to democracy speech
- House Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan appeared on CNN Thursday morning
- He’s largely emphasized his efforts to buck the party line since mounting his campaign for outgoing GOP Senator Rob Portman’s seat
- Ryan suggested during the interview that the lack of help he’s received from the national Democratic Party is a strength rather than a drawback
- ‘It’s going to give me a level of independence that most senators don’t have,’ he said, contrasting it with the hefty GOP and Peter Thiel donations going to Vance
- Vance has been leading in the vast majority of polls last month, but it’s close
Ohio Democratic Senate hopeful Tim Ryan blasted his own national party on Thursday after its dollars have largely stayed out of his long-shot campaign to flip the Buckeye State to blue.
Ryan and his Republican opponent, Hillbilly Elegy author JD Vance, have run a close race for months. The majority of polls have shown Vance with a consistent but slim lead, despite Donald Trump winning Ohio by a decisive eight points in 2020.
But the House Democrat’s focus on winning back working class whites and other historically blue voting blocs that have since abandoned the Democratic Party did defy expectations, making Ohio a tighter race than election watchers initially thought it would be.
‘You know, the national Democratic Party has never been really good at strategic political decisions,’ Ryan told CNN when asked why the political apparatus has dodged the race. ‘So you know, it’s not a surprise here.’
Since mounting his campaign Ryan has also made a significant effort to emphasize when he bucks the party line, such as when he became one of the few Democrat lawmakers to openly say he does not want President Joe Biden to run again in 2024.
In similar fashion, he suggested on Thursday that Biden could have made his fiery pre-midterms speech about the economy, rather than the singular warning of a democracy in peril that encapsulated its main theme.
The president delivered a last-minute address from Washington, DC’s Union Station on Wednesday night, where he told millions of Americans watching just a week before Election Day that ‘the durability of democracy’ was on the ballot.
Ohio House Rep. Tim Ryan is locked in a competitive race to replace retiring GOP Senator Rob Portman
But the state of the economy and US voters’ frustrations over it have been an albatross for Democrats, as Republicans tie high living costs and out-of-control inflation to Biden and his policies.
‘Well, you know, we have to be able to address both of these issues. I’m very focused on the economy…people are crushed. I mean, this inflation is killing people,’ Ryan told CNN.
He reiterated his proposal for a tax cut for middle and low-income Americans, which Ryan previously trotted out as an alternative to Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan – also an unpopular measure among blue collar voters.
Acquiescing to Biden’s point he added, ‘But then you see the level of extremism going on with candidates like JD Vance, who I’m running against.’
‘We have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time in the United States. It’s a complicated country, which means you need good leaders who can focus on the economy and preserving our democracy,’ Ryan said.
He said ‘good leaders’ have to be able to discuss both democracy and the economy in reaction to President Biden’s speech at Union Station on Wednesday night
However, later in the interview he shrugged off concerns about the lack of attention his race has gotten from the national party – suggesting that it was actually a strength rather than a weakness.
‘I have enough experience that I built this campaign not needing them, and we really don’t want them at this point,’ Ryan said.
‘We’ve built a robust machine here in Ohio that doesn’t need the national Democratic Party, and it’s going to give me a level of independence that most senators don’t have.’
However with just days until Election Day, it appears voters’ frustrations with the current state of affairs under Democrats, including the economy, are poised to help Vance sail to victory.
The Hillbilly Elegy author is leading the House Democrat by 2.2 percent, according to RealClearPolitics’ latest analysis of polls taken up until Tuesday, November 1.
Two mid-October polls, from Marist and Spectrum News respectively, have the candidates in a dead heat.
But the majority of head-to-head surveys from late last month have Vance with a slim but clear advantage of two to three points.
Vance tops Ryan in most polls taken last month, with RealClearPolitics’ most recent analysis showing the Republican with a slim lead above his rival
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