Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) was on the road Friday morning after former Vice President Joe Biden officially declared candidacy, but he sat down with local media in New Hampshire to discuss the announcement.
“Obviously he’s from Scranton, I’m from just outside of Youngstown—very similar communities. I think similar approaches to how we talk about these issues and recognize kind of the anxiety people are going through,” Ryan said of Biden’s announcement on the New Hampshire Now radio program.
“I think the ultimate question is going to be: what’s the plan? How do you win the future? We’re divided. Who can bring the country together to win the future?” Ryan added. “People want solutions. They want answers. They want a plan. It’s not hope and change, and it’s not Make America Great Again. It’s like: tell me what you’re going to do.”
The hosts then asked Ryan about Biden’s announcement video, which explicitly targeted President Donald Trump.
“I don’t think people are looking for a superstar, I don’ think they’re looking for a savior. I don’t think they’re looking for a miracle. I think they’re looking for somebody who can roll their sleeves up and just grind this thing out,” Ryan responded.
As of Friday, Ryan officially qualified for the first Democratic primary debate, a two-day event set for June 26 and 27 in Miami. To qualify, candidates must receive at least one percent of the vote in three national polls or receive donations from 65,000 individuals.
Ryan was asked whether he thinks it’s wise to go after Trump, or if the Democratic candidates should instead focus more on the issues.
“Democratic voters are going to be very interested in who can go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump. I see him more in the backdrop,” Ryan said. “Clearly, he’s on the stage. He’s a dominating figure. His whole goal in life is to dominate the 24-hours news cycle, and he’s really good at it. So he’s going to be in the news. I think the election needs to be about who can take on the challenges of the workers.”
Ryan’s full interview can be listened to below:
— Chris Ryan (@wkxlnhchris) April 26, 2019
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