2020 hopeful Tim Ryan knocks Biden's comments on China: 'Stunningly out of touch'

2020 hopeful Tim Ryan knocks Biden's comments on China: 'Stunningly out of touch'
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanTim Ryan's campaign raises .5 million in third quarter Internal poll shows Mandel leading crowded Ohio Senate GOP primary Tim Ryan's Senate campaign staff unionizes MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday knocked 2020 presidential rival Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE's comments about China, calling the former vice president's assertion that China is "not competition" for the U.S. "stunningly out of touch." 

"I actually think that's stunning," Ryan said during an interview with CNN. "And I love Joe Biden. But I think that's stunningly out of touch with where we are right now." 

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Biden, has been facing criticism since saying at a campaign stop last week, "China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man ... Guess what? They’re not competition for us."

Ryan told CNN's Van Jones that he believes China poses a looming threat to the U.S., noting China's dominance in the solar power and electric car industries.

"They're putting billions of dollars behind these projects, and they have a 100-year plan," Ryan said. "We're in a 24-hour news cycle. And they're winning, and that's the urgency that I'm bringing to this race." 

The Ohio Democrat said U.S.-China relations will be critical to the growth of the U.S. economy. 

"I think it's going to be about, who's the president that's going to allow us and help us dominate electric vehicles?" Ryan said. "Who's going to steer that investment in the communities of color, into the Youngstown, Ohios, and Akron, Ohios, and Gary, Indianas, of the world that have been unplugged from any benefits of globalization for the last 30 or 40 years?"

Ryan also said he is promoting "reform" in his campaign, rather than a return to "normalcy." 

"I think we need reform," Ryan said, when Jones asked him whether he considers himself more similar to candidates such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.), who are calling to shake up the system, or Biden, who is calling for a "return to normalcy." 

Ryan has presented himself as a "Rust Belt" candidate since launching last month, promoting an agenda built around manufacturing and trade.