Tim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDebate crowd erupts in laughs as Sanders chimes in 'I wrote the damn bill' on Medicare for All The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Ohio), a high-profile House moderate, said Wednesday evening he is “seriously considering” a presidential run in 2020.

“I don’t feel any pressure for any timeline for this point, but I am seriously considering it,” he told CNN host Erin Burnett. 

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“The country is divided, we can’t get anything done because of these huge divisions that we have and people in communities like the one I represent, Erin, are suffering because of this division. You can’t win the future divided, a divided country is a weak country, and I’m concerned about that. I don’t feel any pressure to make any particular announcement anytime soon, but it is something I’m really worried about.” 

Ryan rose to prominence after challenging then-House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) for her post in 2016. He garnered about a third of the Democratic conference’s support in the unsuccessful effort, underlining significant divisions within the caucus. 

Since then, he has opposed President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and touted moderate policies he would like to see pushed through Congress.

He first raised eyebrows among 2020 prognosticators after making trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, three states that will hold crucial primary races in the Democratic nomination contest. 

Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (Minn.) have already announced 2020 bids, and heavyweights such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) waiting in the wings.

Should Ryan throw his hat into the ring, he would likely run in the same lane as Klobuchar, Biden and possibly Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell MORE (D-Ohio), seeking to appeal to both their moderate base and blue-collar workers with progressive economic policies on trade and labor.