Left: J.D. Vance, Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Ohio, speaks at a campaign event in Medina, Ohio, Oct. 21 (AP/Phil Long). Right: Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, speaks May 3 in Columbus (AP/Jay LaPrete).
“We have to be united against the extremists. … Democracy is a decision that we have to make,” Ryan said during an Oct. 2 virtual rally hosted by Catholics Vote Common Good, a progressive group.
During the rally, Ryan credited his 13 years of Catholic schools, the examples of his devout grandfather, other churchgoing relatives, social-justice-minded religious sisters and Pope Francis’ emphasis on solidarity as being major influences in his public life.
“I’m on the Pope Francis Twitter feed and I make sure I’m always staying connected to what he’s saying on public issues,” Ryan said. …