Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) dropped out of the presidential race Thursday after failing to qualify for recent debates.
Ryan made the announcement on Twitter and said he will focus on running for his congressional seat.
“I am announcing today that I am withdrawing from the presidential campaign. After seven long months of hard work, I’ll be returning home to my family and friends and community in Ohio to run for reelection for my congressional seat. I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country,” Ryan said.
He also said he wanted to give a voice to the communities that have been left behind “by globalization and automation.”
“I’m proud of this campaign because I believe we’ve done that. We’ve given voice to the forgotten communities and the forgotten people in the United States. And while it didn’t work out quite the way we planned, this voice will not be stifled,” Ryan continued. “I will continue to advocate and fight for the working people of this country.”
I’m announcing today that I am withdrawing from the Presidential campaign.
I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country. I look forward to continuing that fight.
Thank you, to everyone who supported this campaign. pic.twitter.com/BT4z3fQ205
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) October 24, 2019
Ryan failed to qualify for the recent Democratic debate in his home state of Ohio. In order to qualify, he needed to reach at least two percent in four sanctioned polls and receive donations from 130,000 unique donors.
As of Thursday, Ryan’s campaign had only $158,000 in cash on hand.
He released a political album on Spotify in September in an effort to reach more voters, but was mostly mocked for the effort, as The Ohio Star reported.
Ryan focused his campaign on mental health, economic competition with China, and climate change. In fact, in August he called on his fellow competitors to join him in Youngstown, Ohio for a “climate debate.”
“We’re going to continue for making sure that those workers are treated fairly, that they have access to good healthcare, that they have a solid pension to retire on. We’re going to continue to try to shift how business is done in the United States, worrying about stakeholders for businesses not just shareholders,” Ryan said in his Thursday video. “All of these issues are critically important and so I’ll continue to fight.”
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