2020 Democratic presidential nomination

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan from Niles in northeast Ohio is well-known in the state's Mahoning Valley, but not so much in southwest Ohio. Or in the rest of the country. WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday after Ryan's decision to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. Ryan is a long shot, but there are a lot of long shots in that field.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke addressed a packed bar overlooking Cleveland’s industrial valley Monday afternoon, days after announcing his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

O’Rourke spoke for about 45 minutes, taking questions from an audience that filled Gino’s Cento Anno and spilled outside onto the patio in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. He opened by telling the crowd the country had never been more polarized.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the somewhat unexpected decision of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even though Brown won't be a candidate, his "dignity of work" theme may have a major influence on the race. And don't count Brown out as a potential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the possibility of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio, a centrist Democrat, running for the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign theme is that Democrats can't succeed by being hostile to business. If you think Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has been traveling in the early caucus and primary states, is a long shot for the nomination, Ryan is even more so. There hasn't been a president elected directly out of the U.S. House since Ohio's James Garfield in 1880.

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