Ohio Democratic Senate Candidate Ryan On Biden Reelection: ‘Generational Change’ Is Needed

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) is in the midst of a fierce campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio up for grabs this November. During an interview on Friday when he was asked about his support for Joe Biden’s prospects for reelection in 2024, he said both parties need “generational change.”

Ryan has been a member of the House from Ohio since January 2003 and is running against Republican J.D. Vance for the state’s Senate seat being left open by the retirement of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who won election in 2010 and 2016.

Ryan was also briefly a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2019.

Ryan said that he remembers Biden saying “from the beginning” that he was planning to be “a bridge to the next generation.” When pressed further on whether he believes Biden should run again in 2024, Ryan simply said, “That’s up to him.”

Biden’s age and apparently faltering mental acuity has many Americans questioning the wisdom of having elderly politicians running the federal government.

A recent CBS News/YouGov poll shows that a majority of adults in the country believe that there should be a maximum age limit for candidates seeking public office. Fully 73% of persons across all political and age groups support the concept of upper age limits.

Joe Biden immediately became the oldest person – at age 78 – to ever serve as president as soon as he was sworn into office in January 2021. If he successfully runs for reelection and completes a second term, he will be 86 when he leaves the White House.

The previous record-holder as the oldest president was Ronald Reagan, who was 77 when he completed his second term in 1989.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who will be 89 later this month, and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 89, are the two oldest members of the Senate. Grassley is seeking reelection to another six-year term this November.

An Emerson College poll conducted last month shows the Ohio Senate race is extremely tight, with Vance leading Ryan among likely voters, 45% to 42%.