Democratic Sen. Tim Ryan highlights Fox News praise in new ad after missing Biden event

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Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic candidate in Ohio’s US Senate election, has released a campaign commercial playing up his appearances on Fox News days after skipping out on an event with President Biden.

The 30-second ad, which was released Sunday and which NBC News reported will run exclusively on the right-leaning cable news network, is titled “Fox News Friends” and includes clips of FNC personalities Maria Bartiromo, Tucker Carlson, and Bret Baier praising the Democratic lawmaker.

“Congressman Ryan, you’ve been a jobs creator, you’ve been tough on China,” Bartiromo introduces him in one clip.

“You’re on the stump, and you talk bread-and-butter issues,” Baier tells him. “Economy, kitchen table issues.”

Most of the clips date from Ryan’s short-lived run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, including one of Carlson praising Ryan for pointing out during a primary debate “that most Americans don’t actually support open borders.”

“Even the most conservative voices on TV agree: Tim Ryan is a voice for common-sense policies who stays focused on the issues that matter most to Ohioans,” Ryan spokesperson Izzu Levy said in a statement unveiling the ad.

Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic candidate in Ohio’s US Senate election, has released a campaign commercial playing up his appearances on Fox News.
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Ryan will be facing off against Republican J.D. Vance, a venture capitalist and author of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy,” this November in a battle for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.

Ryan’s appeal to Republican-leaning voters comes days after he and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley opted to miss a Biden event in Cleveland.

At the time, a Ryan spokesperson told the Washington Times the Democrat had “a full day of previously scheduled campaign events along the Ohio River.”

Ryan also skipped a previous Biden visit to Ohio, reportedly to attend a funeral. 

While the absences have coincided with Biden’s ever-dropping approval rating, the White House has repeatedly defended its relationship with Ryan. 

Ryan will be facing off against Republican J.D. Vance, a venture capitalist and author of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy,” this November.
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“The President remains in close touch with him; he’s obviously very supportive of him,” former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in May.  

“We’re in close contact with Congressman Tim Ryan in particular and work with him and also Nan Whaley,” current White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre insisted last week. 

“We’ve worked — we’ve worked closely with him on — just as it relates to Tim Ryan — on a variety of issues,” she added. “… And though he can’t be there with us today … Tim Ryan put out — put out a statement supporting — supporting his [Biden’s] trip, and we’re in constant communication.”

As of Monday, the president’s average approval rating sat at an abysmal 37.7%, according to data compiled by RealClearPolitics, 19 percentage points below his average disapproval rating.