Days after declaring his candidacy for the Oval Office on ABC's The View, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio held a kickoff rally on Saturday, stressing his goal to bring "a divided country."
"I'm Tim Ryan and I'm running for president of the United States of America," he said. Ryan stressed throughout his speech in Youngstown, Ohio, that the US had been split and claimed that there were some politicians who had sought to "divide us" and "want to put us in one box or the other."
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"I'm tired of having to choose," he said. "I want us to come together as a country."
He pledged that if he captures the presidency, he will always consider the public's problems as his own and "will work every single day" towards improving people's lives. [1
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Ryan added his candidacy to a crowded field of 2020 Democratic White House contenders during the appearance of "The View" on Thursday.
"I can win western PA, I can win Ohio. I can win Michigan. I can win in Wisconsin. And that means Donald Trump is going back to Mar-a -Lago full time, 'Ryan said on the show.
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He also touted himself as a "progressive who knows how to speak to working-class people."
Ryan gained national prominence in 2016 when he launched an unsuccessful challenge to unseat Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic House Leader
Fox News Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.