Democratic U.S. Senate Candidat Tim Ryan will avoid President Joe Biden’s visit to Ohio on Wednesday. This is a sign that the party legislators in November are cautious about being held back by an increasingly unpopular president.
Mr. Ryan doesn’t have to be there with him. Nan Whaley (Democratic nominee for Governor in Buckeye State) also plans to miss the President’s visit.
Both candidates cited scheduling conflicts.
“Tim will be holding a full-day of campaign events on the Ohio River,” said a Ryan spokesperson to The Washington Times.
Mr. Biden will be promoting his economic plan Wednesday at the Max. S. Hayes High school in Cleveland. The president plans to unveil the launch of a program to provide $97 trillion to America’s pensions that are underfunded. He signed the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief bill last year.
Mr. Biden will be appearing in Ohio following a Monmouth University Poll showing that his approval rating fell to 36% due to concerns about the economy and rising costs.
Mr. Ryan is a centrist House Democrat whose District includes Dayton. He is challenging Republican J.D. Vance is running in a state where the GOP has been shifting more to them in recent years.
President Trump has won Ohio. Ohio was long considered to be a bellwether. He did this by winning eight points in 2016 as well as 2020..
In a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, 500 voters surveyed in May found that Mr. Vance was leading Mr. Ryan by 3 points. The pair are running for the position of retiring Republican Senator. Rob Portman.
Not all Democrat’s in Ohio are avoiding Mr. Biden Wednesday.
Reps. Shontel and Marcy Brown are both running in urban areas around Cleveland and Toledo. They plan to join Mr. Biden along with Senator Sherrod Brown who isn’t on this year’s ballot.
The Vance campaign released a statement critical of Ryan’s support for policies by the Biden administration that, critics claim, have led to high inflation and high gasoline prices.
” Every reporter should ask Tim Ryan why he refuses to appear in public with the president that he campaigned and voted for,” Mr. Vance stated Wednesday.
Democrats from other swing states are also evading Mr. Biden.
Mr. Biden was not able to join John Fetterman, Democratic Senate Candidate, and Josh Shapiro, Democratic gubernatorial Candidates, in Pittsburgh earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts. Democrat Stacey Abrams is running to be governor of Georgia. He was due to give a speech about voting rights in Atlanta this year, but she declined to join Mr. Biden.