Tim Ryan

  1. Story by Christina Suttles, a city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

    U.S. Rep.Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) paid a brief visit to Kent State Tuesday as part of President Obama’s ongoing “Heartland Tour.”

    The congressman came directly from Youngstown State University to speak to students about why President Obama is the most practical candidate for whom they should vote.

    Ryan said the government is no different from a student or community organization, where success or failure is entirely dependent upon the leadership of that organization.

    “Who is in charge matters,” he said. “The decisions they make matter and who we vote for matters.”

    In another attempt to highlight the importance of voting to students, Ryan used the 2010 gubernatorial race between then-Governor Ted Strickland and current Ohio Governor John Kasich as an example.

    “Ted Strickland lost his election by 70,000 votes,” he said. “That comes down to two votes per precinct in Ohio. It matters how we do in Kent and it matters how we do in Portage County because collectively that shifted the direction of the race.”

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