Another Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring, and the ladies on ABC’s “The View,” beginning with co-host Joy Behar, are already gushing over him.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, announced his bid Thursday on the show and even drew a smile from Republican co-host Meghan McCain when he promised to send President Trump back to Mar-a-Lago.
While billing himself as more of a moderate — he challenged Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader in 2016 — Ryan told McCain that he supports the pursuit of President Trump’s tax returns, saying Congress has “a right” to these documents.
But the lawmaker suggested that there are other important things to focus on, “like getting back to an economic message that will help working class people with their healthcare, environmental issues, job, job, jobs. Wages, wages wages.”
“I think as Democrats, I’m for the ‘Fight for 15,’: Ryan continued. “I believe we do need to raise the minimum wage. But we can’t be saying we’re for 15. We need $30 an hour jobs, $40 an hour jobs.”
“We got to get back on to that message and when we talk about the new technologies, that’s what those jobs pay. So let’s get busy putting that together,” he said.
Now, it seemed clear that Ryan was advocating for the creation of higher paying jobs, not raising the minimum wage that high, but the reaction from the audience — which came before he mentioned new tech jobs — suggested that they took it that way.
That the candidate mentioned the higher wages in the same breath as raising the minimum wage certainly led them in that direction.
But then, Democrats argue that in a consumer-based economy, when people make more they spend more, resulting in economic prosperity. Given that argument, the more people are paid, the greater effect it has on the economy — never mind that it throws out the impact higher wages have on producing goods and services.
Assuming that their logic is correct — it’s not — the higher wages are, the greater the economic boom. So why stop at a $15 minimum wage. Why not higher? Much higher.
Behar fawned over his response.
“I’ve got to say, I’m very impressed with you,” she interjected. “Aren’t we all? He’s wonderful! We like you!”
Below is the reason Ryan gave “The View” on why he is running:
BREAKING: Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio is the latest Democrat to jump into the 2020 race, announcing his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on @TheView. https://t.co/RSgZbcnmCY pic.twitter.com/ECbrOvr2hs
— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2019
Ryan becomes the 15th announced Democratic candidate looking to challenge Trump.
2020 Update: With Tim Ryan now in the race, there are now 15 Dem candidates who have formally declared they're seeking the nomination … with 466 days before the party’s convention. https://t.co/R7Zsj7024b pic.twitter.com/WyO2iCE4LT
— NBC News Graphics (@NBCNewsGraphics) April 4, 2019
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