Tim Ryan

  • Congressman first elected 2002.
  • Democrat from Ohio.
  • Age: 46
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Voters at a presidential campaign forum about climate change Thursday night say the issue still isn't getting enough attention.

The event, at yogurt-maker Stonyfield's factory in Londonderry, featured Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan and former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, both Democrats.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had been slated to appear, but ended his climate-focused campaign earlier this week.

Voters like Elizabeth Deutsch, a nurse from Vermont, worry the issue will remain sidelined in the race.

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Tim Ryan, who represents Northeastern Ohio in Congress, says Democrats need to understand the priorities of what he repeatedly called "my people."

 

"If the new center of gravity is Youngstown, Ohio or Akron, Ohio, maybe we can just start to put this thing back together."

 

The Democratic presidential candidate, speaking at Politics & Eggs at St. Anselm College, said right now the working class is getting what he called the shaft. And that he'd work to boost domestic production of electric cars.

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats' progressive and working class wings to win the White House.

Ryan, 45, announced his primary bid on ABC's "The View." He plans a kickoff rally on Saturday in downtown Youngstown, where a big turnout by organized labor is expected.