Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan is skipping Biden’s Cincinnati-area events

President Joe Biden visited the Cincinnati area on Friday to discuss priorities including a Chinese competition law and a new 3D printing program, but a key Democrat — the party’s Ohio Senate nominee Tim Ryan — was not scheduled to attend in Biden’s events.

Ryan’s absence likely reflects how tough-race Democrats feel the need to keep their distance from the president who is facing low approval ratings and blamed for high inflation.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki downplayed the lawmaker’s absence, noting the involvement in the day’s events of Ohio’s two senators – Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, whose imminent resignation amid the race between Ryan and the GOP -Candidate JD Vance has led.

“To my knowledge, Congressman Ryan has a funeral to attend and has had other events that he has had to attend,” Psaki told Air Force One reporters Friday.

“The President remains in close contact with him and obviously supports him greatly, and he looks forward to having both Ohio Senators there today.”

A Republican victory is predicted in the Ohio Senate race Betting market PredictIt giving the GOP an 84% chance of winning. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” won the GOP primary Tuesday, buoyed by Donald Trump’s support in a race seen as an early test of the former president’s influence in the party.

From the archive (April 2022): Former anti-Trump author of Hillbilly Elegy wins long-running battle to support ex-president in Ohio GOP Senate primary

Tags (May 2021): Tim Ryan lashes out at House Republicans who voted against the January 6 Commission: “Holy Cow!”

In a speech at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Biden reiterated his call for Congress to pass a bipartisan innovation and competition law. This legislation is expected to provide more than $50 billion in subsidies to chipmakers SMH,

along with billions more for other industries to expand US manufacturing capacity.

“Hand the damn bill over and mail it to me,” Biden said. “If we do that, it will help bring prices down, bring jobs home and fuel the comeback of American manufacturing.”

Related: Biden addresses the role of domestic manufacturing in fighting inflation, but some economists don’t believe it

The President also announced a new 3D printing initiative involving GE Aviation GE,
Honeywell HON,
Lockheed Martin LMT,
and other large companies. It’s called AM Forward, where AM stands for additive manufacturing.

“AM Forward will help lower costs for American families by improving the competitiveness of America’s small and medium-sized manufacturers, creating and sustaining high-paying manufacturing jobs, and improving supply chain resilience through the adoption of additive manufacturing,” said the White House in a press release.

US stocks ended red Friday with the S&P 500 SPX,
posted its lowest close in a year, one day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
experienced the largest daily decline since 2020.

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Brian Lowry

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