Ryan Running for President: In the Blue Collar Lane

The Story:

Rep. Tim Ryan (D – Ohio), a political moderate, does not have a very high national profile. He hopes to change that, though, and on Thursday, April 4, he announced that he is running for President of the United States.

The Background:

Ryan clearly wants to run as the candidate of some of the same people who became disaffected with the Democratic Party three years ago, and who ended up voting for Donald Trump in industrial states that had key clutches of electoral votes.

Appearing on a morning talk show on the ABC television network, Ryan said Thursday, “I know how to get elected in working-class districts. Trump has been full of promises and hasn’t delivered on anything.” Ryan’s own district is in northeastern Ohio, stretching from Akron to Youngstown.

Ryan, like Trump, is not an enthusiast of free trade agreements, which in his words bear a “legacy of job loss.”

The Thing to Know:

Ryan’s statement that he knows how to win in a blue-collar district is no idle boast. In his last four campaigns to hold his seat in Congress (2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018) Ryan has never received less than 60% of the vote. In 2012 he received 72%.

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