Currently embroiled in a tough Ohio Senate race against Republican J.D. Vance, Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan said last week that he would prefer to see a candidate besides President Joe Biden atop his party's ticket in 2024, as Breitbart reports.
Ryan's sentiments were reported in a tweet from Fox News correspondent Jacqui Heinrich on Friday, who indicated that it was not "breaking news" that he would be prepared to support someone other than the current President in the next cycle.
According to Heinrich, Ryan added, "I don't think that's anything different than the President has said himself. He said from the very beginning he was going to be a bridge to the next generation of leaders."
Whether Ryan's stance regarding Biden is genuine or simply a pragmatic move in acknowledgment of the fact that the President's Ohio approval currently stands among the lowest of all swing states, but Vance has made it clear that he believes it is indeed the latter.
Regarding Ryan's ever-evolving approach to the commander in chief, Vance opined that the Democrat never seems to know "what he wants with Joe Biden, whether he wants to bear hug him or keep him at arm's length."
In an interview with Fox News Digital following Biden's Friday visit to the Buckeye State, Vance added, "I feel like each time I get out of an event, Tim Ryan's tune has changed. So it's like flip-flop, flip-flopped in a matter of a few hours."
"He's trying to persuade people that he's a moderate – or even a conservative Democrat – when his voting record is that he's a far left guy. He always bends the knee to Joe Biden and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi."
Vance's comments came on the heels of a Friday radio interview given by Ryan in which he said, "I think it's time for a generational move for new leaders on both sides. I think the environment politically across the country is poisonous and, you know, people, I think, want some change and I think it's important for us in both parties."
Whether what Vance labeled as Ryan's "tap dance" with voters will prove successful come November remains to be seen, but with former President Donald Trump planning a Sept. 17 rally in Youngstown to help boost the Republican's prospects, conservatives in Ohio have real cause for optimism heading into the critical midterm battle.