Ryan and Vance are vying for the U.S. Senate Seat at Ohio

Ryan was the king this summer with his ads. But Vance is now enjoying a $28million ad purchase from the Senate Leadership Fund PAC. It is connected to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY).


Vance’s campaign links Ryan to President Joe Biden, saying Ryan “rubber stamped Joe Biden’s leftist schemes”Ryan voted for the Inflation Reduction Act in August. This legislation addresses climate changes, lowers prescription drug prices, addresses global warming, modernizes the Internal Revenue Service, and addresses global warming. It also increases taxes on billion-dollar businesses.

“I would not vote for the boondoggle spending projects that drive inflation,”Vance also criticizes spending in the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill as well as the American Rescue Plan Act, which provided COVID-19 relief.

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Ryan said that all three bills had helped everyday people and boosted economic activity.

“Ohio families are feeling the pain of inflation, and I’m proud of the bills I voted for that would inject hundreds of millions dollars into the American economy, help create thousands of good-paying jobs, and bring supply chains back home,” Ryan said.

Ryan calls Vance “extremist”He falsely claims that Trump stole the 2020 election. Ryan noted Vance’s now-deleted tweet calling the people imprisoned in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “political prisoners.”

“The most fundamental way to undermine a democracy is to start calling into question our elections,” Ryan said. “And we see how this cancer is spreading throughout the country, of people saying that you can’t rely on our own elections when we know that’s not the case. I think that’s very, very dangerous.”

Vance stated, “The election was plagued with serious problems.” “if it was stolen from anyone it is the American people.”

“January 6 was a dark day in our country’s history but I don’t think ultimately what happened on Jan. 6 is a separate issue from Nov. 3, 2020. I think what happened on Nov. 3, 2020, more importantly not election day itself, but all of the things that led up to Nov. 3, my views on that stuff hasn’t changed,”He said.

Here’s a look at Ryan and Vance’s positions on these issues.

Tim Ryan

Name:Tim Ryan
Address:Howland Twp. Trumbull County
Education:Bachelor’s degree in political science-Bowling Green State University. Juris Doctor-University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Family:Two sons for the wife and one daughter
Current EmploymentJanuary 2003, Member U.S House of Representatives
Political ExperienceU.S. Congress. January 2001-January2002, Ohio senator; former president Trumbull county Young Democrats
Political PartyDemocrat

Ryan’s campaign focuses on what he calls “cutting workers in on the deal”He said that it was vital to control inflation to continue the economic recovery.

“I think we need a tax cut for workers right now to absorb some of these high costs. In mid- to long term we’ve got to bring these supply chains back,” Ryan said. “We absolutely have to make stuff here in the United States again. We let all these jobs go overseas and then the pandemic happens and we realize we don’t have the supply chain that we need here.”

He stated that the United States must be the leader in advanced manufacturing and electric vehicles, clean technology, wind turbines, solar, reshore pharmaceutical manufacturing rather than allowing China or other nations to take these jobs.

“Bringing back (jobs) and building the jobs of the future where there is real opportunity for jobs that pay well,” Ryan said. “A lot of it centers around manufacturing, the jobs that you guys lost in Dayton and that we lost in the Mahoning Valley. And really having an industrial policy where we bring those jobs back.”

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He stated that the CHIPS Act was passed, which will encourage American research and development in semiconductors. He also supported the bipartisan $1.2B infrastructure law, which will help pay for critical infrastructure and broadband upgrade costs.

Ryan stated that the government should also increase funding for vocational education to help businesses find skilled workers.

“I think Ohio can be the manufacturing powerhouse of not just the country, but the world, and that’s how you do it,” Ryan said.

He stated that disinvestment, unfair trading, and outsourcing had taken a significant toll on the middle class, especially since the original North American Free Trade Agreement was signed in the 1990s. He supported Trump’s renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico to include more labor and environmental standards, and to create a more level playing area for U.S. businesses.

Ryan supports an increase to the minimum wage, union organization, federal support to child and universal preschool, federal child and family support, expanding Medicare to people over 60 and allowing for buy-ins of up to 50. Ryan wants Medicare negotiate all drug prices and not just those covered under the Inflation Reduction Act.

“I think that all has to be paid for. These are good investments,”Ryan stated that Ryan wants higher taxes on corporations, the wealthiest Americans and to eliminate waste in federal programs.

Ryan cosponsored the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill would increase the payroll tax cap on higher-income workers, strengthen trust fund, and increase benefits.

While he opposes Biden’s new plan to cancel some federal student loan debt, Ryan supports expanding existing loan forgiveness programs to include farmers, rural health care providers and caregivers, and says people should be able to renegotiate their interest payments with both federal and private lenders.

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He supports reforming laws to protect voting rights and reproductive rights for women and supporting the passage of new laws. He was a cosponsor of Equality Act that would ban discrimination and preserve the rights LGBTQ persons.

Ryan supports gun reform. He supports universal background checks for all gun owners, and closing the gun show loophole to fight what Ryan calls “gun-show corruption”. “gun violence”. “an epidemic of gun violence.”

He also stated that immigration reform should create a path to citizenship for law-abiding, taxpayer paying immigrants.

“I’ve long been a strong proponent for safe, secure borders. America should always be welcoming to immigrants, but we’ve got to know who is coming across our border,” Ryan said. “That’s why I helped start the Border Security Technology Caucus and disagreed with President Biden’s decision to turn back Title 42.”

He also stated that the bipartisan efforts for opioid crisis and fentanyl crisis included investing in treatment and more funding for law-enforcement.

Ryan also called for criminal justice reform and introduced legislation to allow local police departments immersive training programs.

“We need to have accountability for cops who are in the wrong and violate people’s rights, but we shouldn’t be making it harder for good cops to do their jobs,” Ryan said. “We need to invest in making sure our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to do their job well and keep all Ohioans safe.”

J.D. Vance

Name:J.D. Vance
Education:Juris Doctor-Yale Law School; Bachelor’s degree-The Ohio State University
Family:3 children, wife
Current EmploymentCo-Founder of Narya Capital, a venture capital firm located in Cincinnati
Political ExperienceNone
Political PartyRepublican

Vance stated, “Illegal immigration is a major problem in the United States.”

He wants a wall built along the entire Mexican border to prevent drug cartels becoming terrorist organizations.

“It allows our military to go to Mexico to go to our southern border to actually do battle with them,”Vance made this statement during the Republican primary discussion at Central State University in March.

Vance accuses Biden of having an affair with “open border” policy.

“I think Tim Ryan has supported Joe Biden’s open border,”Vance stated. “I would fight against it and make sure we can finish the wall and empower our border patrol agents to actually control that southern border.”

Only legal immigrants should be allowed into the country “if they contribute something meaningful to our country,”According to his campaign website.

Vance also supports an end to abortion.

“The historic Dobbs decision puts this new era of society into motion, one that prioritizes family and the sanctity of all life,”Vance stated this on the website.

Asked if he supports any exceptions in an abortion ban, Vance’s campaign provided comments he gave to the Columbus Dispatch in September saying abortion should be prohibited after 15 weeks except to save the life of the mother.

Vance blames the Biden Administration’s spending and energy policies for inflation.

“I think the fact that Joe Biden and Tim Ryan have spent so much money means that we have an inflation crisis,”Vance stated. “I think if we stop spending so much money and we open up American energy sources we can tame it.”

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He’s also critical of companies outsourcing jobs to other countries and he wants to increase tariffs on imports, particularly from China.

“Part of the reason our supply chains are so brittle and overextended is we’ve become so reliant on foreign manufacturers,”Vance.

He is against favorable corporate tax provisions for large companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Facebook, and Google. He supports the 2017 federal tax cuts and wants more tax relief for Ohio businesses.

“When you reduce the amount that they’re paying in taxes you actually, I think, create jobs and create wealth for everybody,”Vance stated.

He opposes the forgiveness of federal student loans and calls for colleges to reform their operations to lower tuition prices.

“I think it is fundamentally unfair to ask people who didn’t go to college to pay for the debts of people who did go to college,”Vance stated.

Vance is against gun legislation, wants more energy drilling/pipelines and opposes federal subsidies to child care and preschool.

He also wants to see the electoral system changed.

“I say it all the time: I think the election was stolen from Trump,”Vance spoke during primary discussion.

Multiple investigations, election audits and court rulings nationwide, along with Trump’s then-Attorney General William Barr, found no evidence of widespread fraud or election problems that would have changed the fact that Biden won the majority of the popular and electoral college votes.

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Vance denounced changes in absentee voting practices some states adopted to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the social media outlets he said censored stories involving allegations against Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and a laptop that surfaced shortly before the November 2020 election.

Vance states that on his website: “we need to go back to having an election day in this country, not an election season”Many people have called for more voter ID rules. “an end to mass mail-in voting.”

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