The first debate descended quickly into attacks Monday between Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and Republican JD Vance, ahead of voters’ needs with the candidates being responsible for job losses and putting party loyalty for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seats accusing each other.
In Ohio being raped Vance said Ryan had supported policies that led to a 10-year-old girl. To help people overcome addiction issues Ryan said Vance had started a “fake nonprofit”.
With President Joe Biden means he’s not the reasonable moderate he says he is with Ryan echoing a comment from former President Donald Trump in calling Vance an “a— kisser” and Vance saying Ryan’s 100% voting record, the two accused each other of being beholden to their party.
For the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen the face-off between Ryan, a 10-term congressman, and Vance, a venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy”.
Of the general election season so far Rob Portman was one of the most contentious debates. With Democrats viewing it as a possible pickup opportunity in November, the race is one of the most expensive and closely watched of the midterms.
The election in an evening peppered with barbs and one-liners to the working-class voters both candidates sought to tailor their messages to who could determine.
With “crazies” from his party who falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen Ryan sought to paint Vance as an extremist, someone who associates, support national abortion restrictions and contributed to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Ryan said “You’re running around with Ron DeSantis, The governor of Florida, who wants to ban books. Around with (Sen.) Lindsey Graham you’re running, who wants a national abortion ban. With (Rep.) in America Marjorie Taylor Greene you’re running around, who’s the absolute looniest politician”.
From pocketbook issues important to voters Vance suggested Ryan’s focus on allegations of extremism was meant as a distraction, such as inflation and the price of groceries.
“It’s close where he pretends to be a reasonable moderate to Halloween and Tim Ryan has put on a costume.” Had he been, Vance said, “Youngstown may not have lost 50,000 manufacturing jobs during your 20 years.”
Ryan said: “Of Ohio and dedicate my life to help that region come back to try to help one of the hardest economically hit regions. I’m not gonna apologize for spending 20 years of my adult life slogging away.
You ought to be ashamed of yourself, JD. You were drinking wine and eating cheese, You went off to California”.
To join the Marines Vance countered that he left Ohio at 18, and after working in Silicon Valley, he returned to Ohio to raise his family and start a business.
During questioning about China, the type of business move that exacerbated job losses in Ohio’s manufacturing base, Ryan said Vance invested in China as a venture capitalist.
“With inflation we’re having now in China , the problem is our supply all went, and guys like him made a whole lot of money off that,” Ryan said.
It is Democratic economic policies Vance said that have harmed manufacturing, saying, “Against America’s energy sector they have completely gone to war.” He could not remember investing in China, he said.
On abortion, after 15 weeks of pregnancy Vance did not answer whether he would support Graham’s proposed national ban, with some exceptions. “Some minimum national standard is totally fine with me” but Vance said he thinks different states would likely want different laws.
He has “always believed in reasonable exceptions but said he called himself “pro-life”.
In Roe v. Wade he supports codifying the abortion rights established, Ryan said which was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. As early as six weeks into pregnancy, which was blocked Friday, he said he opposes Ohio’s law banning most abortions after fetal cardiac activity has been detected.
With Ryan that a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim should not have had to leave the state for an abortion Vance agreed, but he said the fact the suspect was in the country illegally was a failure of weak border policies.
Vance said “Against the border wall funding you voted so many times, so many times for amnesty Tim”. “If you had done your job, she would have never been raped in the first place.”
If Russian President Vladimir Putin were to launch nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the pair parted ways on what the U.S. response should be on foreign policy.
With a “swift and significant response” the U.S. should be prepared while Vance countered that the United States needs a “foreign policy establishment that puts the interests of our citizens first”, Ryan said.
Instead of launching tons of money into Ukraine Vance retorted, “If I had my way,” “you’d put money at the southern border, Tim”. Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it echoed comments Vance had made in an interview, saying he didn’t ”really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another” because he wanted to see Biden focus on his own country’s border security.
Because of its importance to U.S. national security however, Vance said that Taiwan was a “much different situation” than Ukraine. “Our computer chips because Taiwan is different. Without it the entire modern economy would collapse, they make so many of our semiconductors”.
To put some distance between himself and his party Ryan sought at points, repeating his earlier comments that Biden shouldn’t run for a second term in 2024 and calling Vice President Kamala Harris “absolutely wrong” to say that the southern border was secure.