Claiming his ability to win the West Central states that had invested Donald Trump at the White House in 2016, Ohio's Democratic representative, Tim Ryan, said Thursday his candidacy for the presidency.
"I'm going to run for the presidency of the United States," Ryan said during an appearance at the show "The View" on ABC.
Ryan warns that Democrats should not be "hostile to business"
Ryan, who has represented much of northeastern Ohio at Congress for nearly two decades, highlighted on his new campaign website his inspiration for running for president.
"When our local GM factory was closed for Thanksgiving, I received a call from my daughter who was comforting her friend whose father was a worker and had just been fired. My daughter said, with tears in her eyes: "We have to do something," Ryan explained.
Ryan, who describes himself as a "long-time native of Rust Belt," said during his stint on TV: "I can win the Western AP, I can win Ohio. I can win Michigan. I can win Wisconsin. And that means that Donald Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago (Trump's Florida resort) full-time. "
And in criticizing his own party, the congressman pointed out that "we have stopped going to rural America. We stopped going to these working-class cities.
With many of his rivals for the Democratic nomination pushing progressive policies favored by the class of party activists, Ryan rebuffed the perception that he was a strictly centrist or moderate politician.
"I have a very long track record of progressive politics, especially in the economy. Voted against the Bush tax cuts. Voted against Trump tax cuts. Believe in investing to raise people, fill the gaps in the opportunities that exist in our society, "he said.
The Congressman pointed out, "I am a progressive person who knows how to talk to people about the working class and I know how to be elected in working-class neighborhoods. In the end, the progressive program is best for working families. "
In an interview with Fox News in February, Ryan warned that his party had to be very careful not to sound too anti-business as it was trying to recapture the White House.
"I think we have to be very careful. We are sometimes hostile to the business world, "he lamented the day after the proclamation of the self-proclaimed Socialist Democrat, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had launched his second consecutive campaign at the White House.
When Fox News asked him how he would stand out in a broad field of Democrat Demands in 2020, many of whom were carrying bigger names and bigger fundraisers, Ryan pointed to his life experience in Northeastern Ontario. Ohio, where he saw "this economic disaster happen to my family, my friends, my community … and in 16 years in Congress, I worked extremely hard to rebuild those communities. "
Ryan gained national stature in 2016 by launching an unsuccessful challenge to overthrow Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic House leader. The nine-member congressman was also one of last year's leaders of the party's unsuccessful attempt to prevent Pelosi from returning to the presidency of the House.
Ryan will officially launch his campaign Saturday in Ohio.