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The Senate candidate pushing an ‘Americans first’ message in a new TV ad is a Democrat


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In a new campaign ad, an Ohio Senate candidate asks the crowd of people he speaks to if they are “tired of being hammered by inflation?”

“We need to tackle China, fix our supply chains by making things in America, and we need to pass a real tax cut for workers to put more money in your pockets”, underlines the candidate before pointing out that “we can” I can’t afford to be Democrats and Republicans right now. We have to be Americans first.

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“Americans First” sounds like the “America First” theme that former President Donald Trump hammered home during his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns as he transformed the GOP into what some now consider as a populist party. The message was echoed by countless Republican politicians on the campaign trail across the country.

But the candidate in this ad is a Democrat – longtime Rep. Tim Ryan of Northeast Ohio, who is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retired Republican Senator Rob Portman.

“We have to seriously cut costs and really help people. And that means both sides have to stop wasting time on dumb fights,” Ryan says in the spot, part of his current 3.3 publicity blitz. million statewide stretching two weeks after the May 3 primary in Ohio.

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This is the second ad campaign where some might say Ryan looks like a Republican.

In the previous ad, Ryan featured a heavy-handed approach to US-China relations and called for limiting Beijing’s influence, lamenting that “China is manufacturing us left and right” and stressing that “America can never be dependent on Communist China”.

The ad was criticized by Democratic groups promoting Asian American issues, who compared it to what they called fear-mongering and hate-mongering tactics used by Trump and other Republicans in the United States. amid the coronavirus pandemic, originating from China.

But Ryan — a center-left politician who has long showcased his heartfelt legacy and ability to connect with white working-class voters in the Rust Belt and shed light on his efforts to defend workers and their jobs — fended off criticism.

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“I’ve spent my whole career sounding the alarm about China,” Ryan said earlier this month. “Ohio workers are the best in the world, and I will never apologize for doing everything in my power to stand up to China and fight for all Ohioans.”

Ohio was once one of the nation’s top general election battleground states. But Trump made major gains in Ohio pushing his populist “America First” message, lifting the state eight points in his 2016 presidential election win and 2020 reelection loss.

Democratic Senate candidate Representative Tim Ryan answers a question during the Ohio Senate Democratic primary debate Monday, March 28, 2022 at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
(Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, Pool)

Justin Barasky, a seasoned strategist who led Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio’s successful re-election campaign in 2018 and is a consultant on Ryan’s 2022 Senate bid, told Fox News that the economy and the inflation are a campaign issue for every voter.

“I think workers on all sides, whether Democrats, Republicans or Independents, are focused on inflation. They need help. They want to see costs come down,” Barasky said.

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But he painted a contrast between Trump’s “America First” message that was pushed by the GOP and what Ryan preaches on the campaign trail.

“I think the big difference is when Tim says ‘we can’t afford to be Democrats and Republicans right now. We have to be Americans first,” he talks about moving beyond the partisan fights that hold our country and our workers back,” Barasky said. “If we put party politics aside, then we can do the things that Tim talks about.”


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