During a trip to New Hampshire, this Democratic congressman did not rule out a run for the White House in 2020.
First, he challenged Nancy Pelosi to be Democrats’ leader in the House. Now, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) could be mulling a presidential run in 2020.
The mere act of traveling to New Hampshire, traditionally the first state to hold its primary during the presidential election season, is often seen as a sign someone is considering a run for the highest office in the land.
But Ryan went even further, refusing to rule out the possibility. Asked if he might run for president, Ryan replied:
“I have no idea at this point, but we’ll see,” he said. “I like being out around the country. I like talking about this. I like crafting the message, and I think, you know, maybe the country needs somebody from a place like Youngstown, Ohio, that has tried to develop the local economy at the local level.”
He added that New Hampshire voters should expect to see him back in the state “fairly often,” according to WMUR.
Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for his party’s top spot in the House, has been quite vocal in his criticisms of the Democratic Party. As recently as June, Ryan said, “It will be very hard” for Democrats to retake the House with Pelosi at the helm.
In the heat of their race, Pelosi called Ryan “pathetic.”
Since Barack Obama became president, Democrats have lost more than 900 legislators nationwide, much of those under Pelosi’s watch in the House.
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