House members running for president in 2020 face uphill battle, says analyst

Election analyst Kyle Kondik predicted on Friday that Democratic 2020 presidential campaigns will be particularly challenging for members of the House, such as Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanCNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights MORE (D-Ohio.).

"We've got a number of House members. House members very rarely do anything, really, in presidential races, but it just goes to show how wide open this field really is," Kondik, managing editor of the political website Sabato's Crystal Ball, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

Ryan, who once challenged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party MORE (D-Calif.) for her leadership role, launched his 2020 bid on Thursday. 

The congressman has focused on manufacturing during his time in the House and could represent a potential threat to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China MORE's strong Midwest support. 

However, Kondik said, name recognition could prove to be a hurdle for Ryan. 

"I guess I really don't see it," Kondik said. "I just mentioned that House members, they're usually not even that well-known in their own state, let alone nationally." 

"Ryan has made a little bit of more news in recent years, but that's for challenging Nancy Pelosi, and I don't necessarily know if that's a popular position anymore in the Democratic Party," he added. 

Ryan joins Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard says claim her campaign is getting boost from Putin apologists is 'fake news' Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error MORE (D-Hawaii) and former Reps. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE (D-Texas) and John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyMoulton rolls out plan to promote national service among young Americans From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Winter is here: How 'Game of Thrones' took over American politics MORE (D-Md.) as candidates with primarily House experience in a crowded 2020 field that also includes a number of governors and senators.

"It's just going to really hard for him or any of these other House members to get a lot of traction, I guess maybe other than Beto O'Rourke, who's now a former House member but has become a pretty prominent politician," Kondik said. 

— Julia Manchester