Tim Ryan ended his fight for the Democratic nomination for the presidency after qualifying for the last two primary debates. “I entered this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country, and I hope I can continue this fight,” Ryan said in a tweet.
The nine-term Congressman becomes the seventh candidate to finish his candidacy and brings to 18 the total number of Democrats on the ground.
Ryan’s centrist speech to voters did not resonate in a year in which the majority of the electorate called for a more progressive candidate. The Democrat stressed his roots in the Midwest in a state taken by President Trump.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has ended his struggling bid for the Democratic presidential nomination after failing to qualify for the past two primary debates.https://t.co/flkedALZ0v
— NPR (@NPR) October 24, 2019
And he adopted populist positions, saying that the party had to worry more about blue-collar voters and the economic impact of trade and job losses in the manufacturing sector in the region, which largely explains Trump’s victory in 2016. Without changing position Ryan thought the Democrats would perform worse in the Rust Belt states, which gave Trump a second term.
Ryan qualified for the June and July debates, where he teamed up with other moderates to attack more liberal candidates in his policy as “Medicare for All”. However, it has never reached more than 1% in a survey and has not accumulated enough donors to qualify for future discussions. He raised only $ 426,000 in the third quarter.
Ryan tried to offer himself as a center and alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. At one point, his campaign spread the support of former Biden supporters in South Carolina. However, at the beginning of her campaign, her communications director, Julia Krieger, was appointed the director of communications for the Biden team in Iowa.
Ryan, along with other Democrats in the US Midwest, urged Democrats to focus more on the recovery of voters in the region that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. campaign to the idea that he could garner support in the industrial midwest and compete aggressively against Trump among supporters of the president in the region.