Ohio Representative Tim Ryan turns in a live performance at Monday night’s controversialFor the state’s open Senate seat, and he has a slight lead in some recent elections, but even so, he has heard little of the Democratic Party giving up more resources than what was once considered a long-running campaign. .
“We haven’t heard from anyone in a remarkable way,” he told CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa on “Red and Blue” Tuesday. “And we were on our own.”
He said he was getting help from “a group of grassroots supporters” and added, “We’re prepared to go it alone here, but we’re going to win it.” Ryan tried to emphasize that there is an advantage to running without a lot of major party support. “I think it’s going to be something that’s going to be good for everybody, because I’ll know from DC that we’ve done it on our own and you know, I’ll be a free voice for Ohio. “
And he plans to continue to distance himself from Democrats, including President Joe Biden, as the country continues to be squeezed by high inflation and rising prices. He said he would go it alone without his help on the campaign trail in the coming weeks,
“No, I’m not asking the president to come – or very, very few, if any, national people to come and actually campaign with us, because I want to be the main face, its main messenger. This campaign,” Ryan told Costa. Instead he would tout his family’s Ohio roots. He and his wife are both from the Youngstown area and his wife has been a public school teacher there for 20 years. “We are just … an Ohio family that wants to connect with other Ohioans,” he said.
Ryan also suggested that outside help has not been as useful to Vance, which was backed by former President Donald Trump. Trump, who won Ohio by 8 points in 2020, has also campaigned for Vance in the state.
“Trump coming to JD Vance (in Ohio) was really a complete net negative for him,” Ryan said. “You know, it’s like, run your own race, get on your own two feet.”
He claimed Vance is losing GOP support, and after the debate, “our phones are off the hook with Republicans, Republican donors, Republican voters who want to help. So, we’ve got a lot of momentum now. We just It has to continue.”