Ohio Politics Now: Tim Ryan talks recount effort, why he’s challenging Nancy Pelosi


Ohio Politics Now: Tim Ryan talks recount effort, why he's challenging Nancy Pelosi insurance

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U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, D-Niles, was on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this weekend to talk about
why he’s challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the Democrats’ leadership position in the House.
Here’s a look at what he said…

On why he’s challenging Pelosi: …my level of frustration came from the idea that
we’re going to have, for two more years, the same conversation as we’ve been having since

And I think the level of frustration in our caucus is as great as I’ve ever seen it. And it’s
time to do something about it, not just talk about it. Because now we’re not even the national
party. We’re a coastal party. And we’ve got to move forward. If we’re not going to get voters in
Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, go back down south. When I first got in Congress, we had
members from Tennessee. We’ve got to go back there and campaign and get those folks back in the

On the Democrats working with President-elect Donald Trump: I think we have an
obligation to respect the voter who put Trump in. And we may not like it. And we may have fought
really hard….But this is a unique president in a unique situation with a divided Republican
Party. And that is going to reveal itself as we get into the legislative proposals. Now it’s just
rhetoric, it’s positioning, it’s tweets. Proposals have to land at The House of Representatives,
budgets, real numbers. And we have to wait and see. There may be an opportunity to work with Trump,
and other issues, we may have to fight him.

And on Clinton joining Jill Stein’s recount effort: I would counsel against it.
But I’m moving on. I mean we’ve got elections to win. We need to start rebuilding. But, you know,
they’re in a different position than I am. We’re moving into the next Congress. We have this
leadership race. We’ve got to fill the DNC position. We’ve got to move forward. And I think that’s
the best thing for us to do.

You can see the full interview here.

Not throwing away his shot:
Ryan also was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace where he talked about the need to win.

“There is a lot of consternation in our caucus right now and we’re making a hell of a run at
this thing and I think we have a shot to win. I’ve been making calls for the last three or four
days… And people are saying, look, this has been a changed election. We want change. And there
are a lot of members of Congress who now are understanding that we need to make a change.

We can’t keep running the same place, Chris. We’re not winning…We’re down 60-some seats
since 2010. We have the smallest number in our caucus since 1929. We’ve got to do something

And if he loses? “He also has a prime career opportunity even if he loses.
Considered one of the rising-star Democrats in Ohio ever since he won his House seat at 29, Ryan’s
bid has directed the national spotlight his way. He’s hardly running from it—for Thanksgiving week,
his office had rented a mobile TV studio to accommodate interview requests. The publicity will help
if he decides, as
many expect , to run for Ohio governor in 2018, when term-limited Republican John Kasich steps away,"
New Republic reporter Kyle Swenson writes.

Trump and trade: “Trump’s pledge to withdraw from a Pacific trade pact and revise
a two-decade-old trade agreement with Mexico and Canada will win praise from working-class people
in Ohio who supported him, even as many economists fear that the moves could lead to an economic
Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry writes.

“Trump, who during the campaign assailed the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement with
Mexico and Canada as costing tens of thousands of jobs, struck a chord with blue-collar workers
scattered throughout the Midwest by insisting he will take a tough line against international trade
and bring jobs back to the United States.”

Repealing and replacing Obamacare: “Nearly 71,000 low-income Franklin County
residents could lose their tax-funded health insurance if President-elect Donald Trump and
congressional Republicans make good on promises to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care
Dispatch reporter Catherine Candisky writes.

“The residents are among the 692,532 Ohioans who gained coverage under Republican Gov. John
Kasich’s 2014 expansion of Medicaid.”

What could happen: “If expansion is abolished by repeal or, as some speculate,
states are instead given a lump sum or block grant to fund their Medicaid programs, they probably
would get less federal funding but perhaps greater flexibility in how they operate the program,”
Candisky writes.

“That could open the door to revisiting Ohio’s plan to require all nondisabled adults to make
monthly payments into a health-savings account to help cover expenses, or they would lose coverage.
The proposal, pushed by conservatives to promote “personal responsibility,” was rejected by federal
regulators, in large part because of concern that tens of thousands of poor Ohioans would lose
health coverage.”

Coming in the lame duck session:
Candisky writes that two anti-abortion bills could get approval from the Ohio
House in the lame duck session. Both have already passed the Senate. Senate Bill 127 would outlaw
abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and Senate Bill 254 would require abortion clinics to cremate
or bury fetal remains.

Happening today: Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend an announcement of new
investments for self-driving and connected vehicle technologies in Dublin today. At the end of the
event, a “ vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route
33 on Monday in central Ohio between Dublin and East Liberty, home to the Transportation Research
Center, an independent testing facility,”
according to the Associated Press.

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