Tim Ryan’s U.S. Senate campaign today released a new ad contrasting Tim’s record of working across party lines to fight against outsourcing with J.D. Vance’s comments downplaying the costs of unfair trade to Ohio workers.
“While Tim Ryan has spent his career fighting against unfair trade policies and working to hold China accountable and keep making things in Ohio, J.D. Vance was busy downplaying the devastating consequences of outsourcing and reaping the profits,” said Tim for Ohio spokesperson Izzi Levy. “He’s a fraud who can’t be trusted to do what’s right for Ohio workers.”
During his time in Congress, Tim has voted against every trade deal that threatened Ohio jobs—including President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership—worked to hold China accountable for unfair practices like steel dumping and currency manipulation, and proudly helped pass the USMCA, including stronger protections to make sure American workers can compete around the world.
Meanwhile, J.D. Vance invested in and personally profited from companies that outsourced manufacturing jobs to China. In an interview on David Axelrod’s “Axe Files” podcast in 2017, Vance deflected blame away from free trade for the loss of manufacturing jobs in places like Ohio, saying, “I think you can make a pretty good argument that it was not necessarily bad trade deals as much as just the natural flow of the economy. You know, it’s not that we have this terrible trade deal with China.”
Independent studies have shown that, in fact, trade with China has been a major cause of job loss in the United States, and that Ohio has been among the states hit hardest.
Read the transcript of “Still in the Ring” below:
J.D. Vance: I think you can make a pretty good argument that it was not necessarily bad trade deals… You know, it’s not that we have this terrible trade deal with China.
Tim Ryan: Wrong.
In San Francisco, J.D. Vance made millions profiting from globalization.
I agreed with Trump on trade. I voted against outsourcing every single time.
We’ve got to get tough on China. And I’ll work with anyone to fix our supply chains and bring manufacturing home.
Let’s make things in Ohio again.
I’m Tim Ryan, and I approve this message.