Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president

Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanGM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio San Francisco 49ers suspend announcer after reference to quarterback's 'dark skin' More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign MORE (Ohio), who unsuccessfully ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa 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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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.