2020 campaign is about 'rebuilding' middle class: Rep. Tim Ryan

Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan joins "This Week" to make his case why he should be the one to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
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from school because her friend was crying to her, her dad just got transferred to the local general motors plant. The kids had to move. My daughter called me and she said, you got to do something. And I said, I'm going to do something. And I'm going to run for the president of the United States and we're going to make sure it doesn't happen again. He's running now. Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio. Thank you for joining us this morning. Let's pick up where you left off on "The view." Long-term trends in the global economy. President trump made those same kind of promises. What can you do? We need an industrial policy in the United States. We need to sit down with the business community. We need to sit down with the educational community and use the tax code and figure out how we rebuild the industrial base in the United States. There's plenty of opportunities out there. Take electric vehicles for example. We have made 1 million to 2 million electric vehicles today. There's going to be 30 million made by 2030. Who's going to make them? I want those made in the united States. I want the batteries made in the United States, I want the charging stations made in the United States. It's the president of the united States who needs to convene, sit down with the big three, sit down with the department of energy, put a big plan together and then cut the workers in on the deal so they can actually make a middle class wage. China, today, dominates the electric vehicle market. They control 40% of it. We have work to do. That's one sector of the economy. When you look at the overall economy right now -- several months of straight -- years of job growth, lowest unemployment we have seen in a generation. A new poll shows that majority of the country believe the economy is doing well and giving president trump some credit. Is this the best ground to challenge him on? Well, it's not doing well where I come from and a lot of places around the country. We talk about increasing the minimum wage, George, people used to make 30, 40 bucks an hour, yeah, the unemployment rate is low, people are working, one, two, three jobs to make ends meet. The average family, 40%, 50% of families in the United States can't afford a $400 emergency. My campaign and my behavior as president is going to be to rebuild the middle class in the United States. People are tired of just getting by, they want to thrive. They want their kids to thrive. We got to stop talking about the minimums, we got to figure out how we create an economy in health care, in energy, within manufacturing, where people can make 30, 40, 50 bucks an hour, that's the America dream. We got to rebuild it. Yes, the unemployment rate is low. Did stock market is high. But the national anxiety level is about as high as it's ever been. You support the green new deal. You support medicare for all. We heard the senate Republican leader this week Mitch Mcconnell said they're going to make the election a rferendum on socialism. Are you worried about policies will make Democrats vulnerable? Not at all. Look, we need a public option for people to be able to get health care in the united States. So, we've got to fix that. When you talk about green new deal, I support a green new deal, which means, we got to reverse what's happening with our climate and that could mean jobs in places like Youngstown, Ohio, and the industrial midwest, because there's so much that needs to be manufactured. Again electric vehicle, solar, wind. That's manufacturing jobs and an agenda that can reverse global warming and climate change and create manufacturing jobs is something that I'm going to support. Making sure people have access to affordable health care is something I'm for, too. This health care discussion is actually the wrong discussion. 75% of health care costs today come from chronic diseases that are actually preventable. So, we need to completely transform our health care system where we're incentivizing patients and doctors to keep people healthy. We want a health care system that actually keeps people healthy and that's the transformational approach I'm going to take. And I would just say, if people are supportive of this, go to timryan -- we're going to build a new agenda for this country and rebuild the middle class. You got the plug in there. You failed in your bid to take on Nancy Pelosi as democratic leader after the 2016 election, initially opposed her bid for speaker as well. Was that a mistake? What did you learn from it? No, I don't think it was a mistake. Let me say, Nancy Pelosi is a historic figure. I think she's running circles around Donald Trump right now, and not just protecting the interests of the people of the country. She's making sure that the power remains in that chamber, which I think is really important. My pitch two years ago and again this year was that the Democrats, we need a new generation of leadership. We need new people to come in and be leaders in our party and I will say that we have had a lot of success over the last two years. We now have Jeffries in house leadership, great young leader, we've got a variety of young leaders who have emerged -- it was a family discussion. I got the utmost respect for Nancy Pelosi and now we have new leaders in place. We're ready to turn the page and move on. Congressman Ryan, thanks for your time this morning. Thank you for having me, Roundtable is up next.

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