Author J.D. Vance and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan took to the debate stage for the first time ahead of the November 8th election.
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"Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan faced off in the first debate of the general election hosted by Cleveland's FOX 8 News. Ryan and Vance are running to replace retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman in the Nov. 8 election.
The candidates accused each other of being responsible for job losses and putting party loyalty ahead of voters’ needs. Vance said Ryan had supported policies that led to a 10-year-old girl in Ohio being raped. Ryan said Vance had started a “fake nonprofit” to help people overcome addiction issues.
The two also accused each other of being beholden to their party, with Ryan echoing a comment from former President Donald Trump in calling Vance an “a— kisser” and Vance saying Ryan’s 100% voting record with President Joe Biden means he’s not the reasonable moderate he says he is.
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