Hiding From Biden: Ohio Dem Won't Attend President's Cleveland Speech
Added 07-05-22 04:20:03pm EST - “President Joe Biden will tout his economic record during a speech in Ohio on Wednesday, but one of the most prominent Democrats in the state says he has better things to do than attend.” - Freebeacon.com
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President Joe Biden will tout his economic record during a Wednesday speech in Ohio, but one of the most prominent Democrats in the state says he has better things to do than attend.
Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio's Democratic Senate nominee, won't attend Biden's scheduled speech in Cleveland, his campaign told the Washington Free Beacon. Biden plans to use the speech to go on the offensive and deliver remarks on his "economic agenda" and plans for "building an economy from the bottom up and the middle out," according to the White House. It's Biden's second visit to the city this year, as he tries to win back support from Rust Belt voters.
Ryan's campaign said he will instead be campaigning in the southeast part of the state. Ryan is running against Republican J.D. Vance for the open seat held by the retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R.).
Democrats around the country who face tough elections in November are trying to distance themselves from the president. Ryan is attempting to portray himself as a moderate in a state that former Republican president Donald Trump won in 2020 by more than 8 points. The move is a bold one considering Ryan's record of voting 100 percent of the time with Biden's position.
The strategy is already facing headwinds. As Biden finds himself with the worst presidential poll numbers in nearly 100 years, he is desperate to convince voters who are paying all-time-high gas and grocery prices that the economy is stable.
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