YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Added to the list of Ohio speakers at the Democratic National Convention are two local party leaders. Congressman Tim Ryan and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will both address the convention Thursday evening.
Both Ryan and Brown will give their warm welcomes to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton is the one that can help our community, that can help our families, that will put policies in place that’re good for middle class people who are working really, really hard in trying to get ahead,” Ryan said.
Additive manufacturing, the auto industry and other Valley businesses are some of the topics that will be addressed on the final night of the DNC.
“I’m going to talk about growth in Ohio, how we’re coming back,” Brown said. “I’m going to mention Youngstown with advanced manufacturing, going to mention Lake Erie and wind turbines. The only one in the first place in North American fresh waters with that kind of alternative clean energy.”
Having two of the area’s more prominent political leaders speak at the convention is more Ohio representation than what was seen at the RNC, even though it was held in Cleveland.
“The governor boycotted it, the Republican senator from Ohio didn’t want to go, I don’t remember any Ohio speakers,” Brown said. “I think Donald Trump was punishing Ohio because they voted against him in the primary. Well, they’re going to vote against him in the general election, too.”
Ryan says Trump’s fellow Republicans’ actions are very telling.
“To have Kasich and other Republicans not want to touch Donald Trump with a ten foot pole, I think speaks volumes for how they feel about him.”
Despite a lack of presence at the RNC, local GOP leaders remain confident and expect Clinton’s recent scandals to hurt her in November.
“She lied about her email, she’s lied about what happened in Benghazi, this Clinton Foundation is a real mess that’s still unfolding. People don’t trust her,” said Mark Munroe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party. “Regardless of what Tim Ryan or Sherrod Brown say, it’s about Hillary Clinton and people by and large don’t trust her.”
Ryan is scheduled to speak first around 7:30 p.m. and Brown will follow at about 9:30 p.m.