I am Congressman Tim Ryan, Candidate for House Democratic Leader
My name is Congressman Tim Ryan, and I am a candidate for House Democratic Leader.
I decided to run for this position to provide every American with a stronger and more prosperous economic future and fight against the policies and rhetoric of fear and division that we have seen coming from the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress.
Democrats are at a crossroads. We are severely outnumbered at the worst possible time in our country’s political history. Not since the 1920s has a Democratic Leader other than Nancy Pelosi presided over a smaller caucus. We are the only ones left standing as a bulwark against the very worst instincts of President-elect Trump and decisive Republican majorities.
The people I represent in Northeast Ohio and the tens of millions of workers across our country are proud to be called blue collar. They have an expectation that a job will be good enough to provide a middle-class life and an expectation of being able to send their kids to college—the American Dream. When we talk about Democrats’ failure with working-class voters, we need to consider that one-third of America’s working class is made up of people of color, while six in ten Latinos and over half of African Americans consider themselves working class. If we don’t connect with an economic message, we risk alienating many of the most loyal elements of our party.
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UPDATE (6:30PM EST): I will begin answering your questions at 7PM and will wrap up at 8PM.
UPDATE (8:01PM EST): Thank you all for your thoughtful questions. I enjoyed our conversation this evening.