Politics

Ryan Will Return to Campaign After Dayton Pause

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s presidential campaign Tuesday morning clarified that the congressman will return to the campaign trail after putting his campaign on hold following the Sunday morning shooting in Dayton.

Ryan, D-13 Ohio, was scheduled to campaign in Iowa last weekend. Following the shooting, which left nine dead and another 37 injured either directly from gunfire or attempting to escape, Ryan returned to Ohio to support the grieving members of the Dayton community and address gun violence, according to the statement from spokesman Ali Javery.

“While he’ll be focusing on that for the next few days, at this point he is not permanently suspending his campaign,” Javery said.

Media outlets including Rolling Stone initially reported that Ryan had suspended his campaign. Since its initial report, the magazine clarified online that Ryan was “temporarily stepping away from campaigning” but planned to return soon.

Ryan was among several Democratic lawmakers who, in the wake of the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, to call the Senate back into session to consider background check legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.

The Trumbull County Democrat participated in the first two Democratic debates in June and July, but it remains to be seen whether he will qualify for the September and October debates.

The Democratic National Committee is requiring that a candidate receive 2% or more support in at least four national polls or polls out of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada, and have received donations from at least 130,000 unique donors during the course of the election cycle, with a minimum of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday shows Ryan at 1%. Javery did not respond to an email requesting comment.

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