Opinion: The record is clear: Tim Ryan is no moderate

Congressman Tim Ryan, of Ohio District 13, talks to members of the media during a stop at Cincinnati City Hall during his Caravan for Change. Ryan teamed with Moms Demand Action's Ohio Chapter to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass comprehensive gun reform legislation. The caravan made five stops in Ohio, and ended with a rally in Louisville near the Muhammad Ali Center.

Throughout his campaign for the open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, Democratic Representative Tim Ryan has billed himself as an old-school moderate who will stand up for working families, commonsense policies and traditional American values − Ohio values. But his actual voting record over nearly 20 years in Congress tells a far different story.

“Democrats aren’t right about everything,” Ryan said during an interview earlier this summer. He’s right, of course − but even a cursory examination of his policy positions quickly leaves one wondering which issues he actually thinks Democrats are wrong about. In just the past two years, he’s voted to federalize elections, admit Washington, D.C., as the 51st state, impose onerous new background check requirements on gun owners, and grant mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, in addition to co-sponsoring legislation that would restrict the right of states to legislate on abortion, and voting in favor of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” Act.