Democrat Candidate in Ohio Senate Race Has Debate Meltdown

Democrat Candidate in Ohio Senate Race Has Debate Meltdown by Rebecca Downs for Town Hall

Just over four weeks before the November midterm elections, JD Vance and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) met to debate on Monday night as they vie to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). While Ryan was once considered something of a moderate, and likes to think of himself as one still, his debate performance was very much one full of fear-mongering and hypocrisy.

Early on in the debate, moderators asked about China as the enemy, during which Ryan claimed that Vance has been invested in China. Although he kept bringing it up, he was unable to provide evidence.

The moderators also early on asked about abortion, including which limits Ryan would support on abortion, a question he has tried to dance around in the past. While Ryan signaled support for what he said would “codify Roe v. Wade, the legislation in question, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), would actually expand RoeIt will also invalidate pro-life laws passed at the state level.

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In seeking to emphasize his claim that Vance does not support exceptions on abortion, Ryan engaged in a particular display of fear-mongering when it comes to the tragedy of rape victims and complications in pregnancy as part of “the chaos that we’re having now.”

Ryan went on to claim that “we read at least a couple of articles every week, of young people, underage girls who have been raped, or women who have had, uh, significant problems with their pregnancy, not be able to get help in the state. They gotta go to Indiana, they gotta go to Illinois, and that’s not good enough for JD Vance, he supports a national abortion ban, in which he wants women to have to get a passport and have to go to Canada.” The congressman then called for “some moderation on this issue” before paining his opponent as an “extremist,” something he would do throughout the night.

The legislation in question, which is an abortion ban at 15-weeks, based on how unborn children can feel pain at such a stage, does contain exceptions, including for rape for a woman who receives counseling and treatment and when rape or incest of a minor is reported to the proper authorities.

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