Ohio Senate candidates Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance trade barbs during 1st debate

Rep. Tim Ryan.
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The Senate race in Ohio is being closely watched, as Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Republican venture capitalist J.D. Vance — nearly even in the polls — vie to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R).

During their first debate Monday night, Ryan and Vance threw barbs at one another. Ryan called Vance out for the company he keeps, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), "who wants to ban books," and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), "who wants a national abortion ban. You're running around with [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene, who's the absolute looniest politician in America," he added.

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