"When these plants close, I know who's working in them," said Ryan, a Niles Democrat whose experience watching a
"When I walk into the
Ryan, the only Ohioan seeking the
He would turn efforts to fight climate change into a "jobs" program by making the
And he said he would address the "economic despair," which he says has helped feed the opioid addiction, by pushing to increase wages to motivate workers.
Ryan, who is one of 21
In positioning himself as a candidate with an appeal to the middle class, Ryan appears to be working to occupy the same lane that former Vice President
For Ryan, part of his town hall was spent clarifying his evolution on issues such as guns and abortions.
Ryan started his congressional career with an A rating from the
"That should not be a partisan issue," he said, saying the federal government should "consistently be helping states ensure gun owners pass background checks" and ban assault weapons.
Similarly, he has also changed his position on abortion during his 17 years in
"I just don't believe in these very complicated circumstances that the federal government or state government should in any way, shape or form be between a woman and her doctor," he said.
Those stances and others spurred sharp criticism from
"Despite pitching himself as a Midwestern moderate, Ryan has fallen in line with the most extreme ends of the Democrat platform," she said.
Ryan also reiterated comments he made on
"I take no joy in this at all," he said. "But I have a duty and a responsibility and that duty and responsibility has led me to think that we have to do this."
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