The following statement is from Brent Edwards, Ohio Statewide Organizer at RuralOrganizing.org in response to the Senate debate between Rep. Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance last night.
“Last night's debate highlighted the stark differences between the two candidates for Senate in Ohio. Tim Ryan leaned in, defending Ohio values and growing Ohio’s middle class, while J.D. Vance leaned into racist tropes and tired culture war issues.
Tim Ryan focused heavily on building a resilient manufacturing and energy economy of the future, pledging to increase natural gas production to “poke a finger in the eye” of Vladimir Putin. Ryan highlighted his leadership in passing the CHIPS Act, which helped fund the massive $20 billion investment of the Intel processing plant in Licking County. In stark contrast, J.D. Vance showed he is no friend of the middle class, instead leading venture capitalists who invest in companies that outsource American manufacturing jobs to China.
Vance was exposed for his shameful work in creating a non-functioning and fraudulent charity, Our Ohio Renewal. Tim Ryan effectively called Vance out for setting up a fake nonprofit that was supposed to address the opioid crisis, but instead served as a political platform. Ryan pointed out how Vance “brought in somebody from Purdue Pharma to be the spokesperson for the nonprofit.” This issue and Purdue Pharma’s role in creating the opioid crisis have particular resonance in rural Ohio. The clip of Ryan’s remarks on Vance’s fake nonprofit already has more than 830,000 views on Twitter.
Ryan noted he was working on real solutions by creating the border technology caucus in Congress, which brought in state-of-the-art investments to better protect America’s Southern border against the scourge of fentanyl and human trafficking.
On social issues, Tim Ryan reflected the widely held beliefs of Ohio voters: that there is no room for politicians in anyone’s bedroom or doctor’s office. Vance, on the other hand, denied his past extreme views that even childhood rape victims should be forced by the government to give birth. Additionally, he reiterated his views against codifying same-sex marriage into federal law, putting hundreds of thousands of Ohioans’ marriages at risk. But that’s not surprising: Vance has already shown his out-of-touch beliefs through leading a fundraising campaign for those who swarmed the Capitol on January 6th.
Tim Ryan proved that he is working for the “exhausted majority” of Republicans, Democrats and Independents, who have rejected extremism and partisan fights. J.D. Vance avoided any direct answers to probing questions and made it clear that his campaign doesn’t reflect the views and needs of Ohio residents. The choice for Ohio voters cannot be more clear. J.D. Vance is a fraud who must be sent back to San Francisco this November.”
“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing."