DemDaily: Pitching Middle America. The Contenders

April 5, 2019

The 2020 presidential field continues to expand, with one new candidate and at least four others waiting in the wings.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan announced his candidacy on Wednesday, bringing the total to 16 significant contenders for the Democratic nomination.

"It's time for us to start building the America we deserve. An America that invests in public education, affordable health care and an economy that works for all of us. An America united by a shared vision for our future." -- Tim Ryan

Timothy John Ryan, 45, was born in Niles, Ohio to parents of Irish and Italian ancestry, and "a long line of factory workers who helped build our nation into a powerhouse of innovation."

Ryan and wife Andrea Zetts, a teacher, and family

After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1995, Ryan worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Traficant (D-OH) before earning a law degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Elected to the Ohio State Senate in 1999, he served for two years before successfully running to succeed Traficant in what is currently Ohio's 13th congressional district.

Ryan has represented the northeastern district, which runs from Youngstown to Akron since 2013, and is a member of the House Appropriatiions Committee and the Budget Committee.

Known as an independent thinker in the House, Ryan mounted a leadership challenge to then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) following the 2016 presidential election, losing by a vote of 134-63.

The veteran congressman is a close ally of labor, but is counting on his reputation as a business-friendly centrist who has the ability to bridge the gap between white, blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt and the growing base of nonwhite, liberal city dwellers.

Despite the fact that Trump carried three of the five counties in Ryan's congressional district in 2016, Ryan was re-elected with 67.7% of the vote, and in 2018 with 61.8%.

Ryan's Books:  Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit (2018), The Real Food Revolution (2014), and A Mindful Nation (2012)

Ryan's Announcement Video: a message on the plight of middle America (click/watch!)

Latest Standings
In a Morning Consult poll, conducted March 25-31, 2019, of registered Democratic primary voters (MoE ±1%) Joe Biden led with 33%, followed by Bernie Sanders (25%), Kamala Harris (8%), Beto O'Rourke (8%), Elizabeth Warren (7%), Cory Booker (4%), Pete Buttigieg (3%), Someone else (3%), Amy Klobuchar (2%), and at 1%: Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, John Delaney and Steve Bullock.

Other declared Democratic candidates include tech entrepreneur Andy Yang and author Marianne Williamson.

In The Wings
Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce April 22nd. Montana Governor Steve Bullock is staffing up, and Senator Michael Bennet (CO), who announced Wednesday that he has prostate cancer, has vowed to run if and when he is declared cancer-free. Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, an uncertainty until recently, is expected to announce by the end of the month.

DemList will keep you informed!

DemDaily: The First Governors 3/4/19 (Inslee, Hickenlooper)
DemDaily: The Contenders: The Current List 2/11/19 (Klobuchar, Full List)
DemDaily: Born To Run 2/1/19  (Booker, Buttigieg)
DemDaily: Women Wade In 1/22/19 (Harris, Gillibrand, Gabbard)
DemDaily: Out of the Gate 1/2/19 (Delaney, Castro, Warren)

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