Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president

Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio MORE (Ohio), who unsuccessfully ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE's White House bid on Wednesday, highlighting the former vice president's history with the working-class community. 

"I know that Joe will be a voice for the many who are being left behind — workers losing their jobs to automation, unions fighting for fair wages, small business owners trying to get ahead," Ryan said in a statement. 

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"Joe knows that working communities built America, and I know that Joe will go to bat for them as an increasingly globalized economy threatens the very work they do," he continued. 

Ryan specifically cited Biden's stances on protecting and expanding ObamaCare, as well as raising the minimum wage. 

"Joe will rebuild the middle class. Ohio is key to the presidency, and Joe is the only candidate who can win over the heartland and defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE," the congressman said. 

Ryan dropped out of the Democratic primary last month after failing to gain traction in fundraising and polling. 

The Ohio congressman has positioned himself as a moderate, advocating for working-class voters in parts of the U.S., like Ohio, who supported former President Obama throughout his presidency but supported Trump in 2016. 

Biden has also highlighted his own middle-class roots with hopes of winning back those same voters who supported Trump in 2016.