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Rep. Tim Ryan: Time for 'New, Young' Democratic Leadership

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 01:36 PM

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan Tuesday said that he thinks his party needs "new, young leaders" if it expects to make up for the losses it's had over the last eight or 10 years, and that he still wants to be part of that transition.

"Our leadership does a tremendous job, but I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus, and I do think it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders," the Ohio lawmaker said during a Fox News "Fox and Friends" interview.

Ryan took on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, for the leadership post in the last election cycle.

His comments came while discussing negotiations that already have been made between Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and President Donald Trump on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"Let me first say what leader Pelosi said and what President Trump said on the issue of DACA, these are a posturing, these are things we say in negotiations," Ryan said. "This is your side, this is our side. Then you have to sit down and figure it out."

Ryan, though, said he remains very clear about where he stood over a year ago in his own race for the leadership post.

"We need to continue to get young voices out there," the congressman said. "We're doing it more and more now, and I think it's appropriate for us to encourage young people to run for leadership positions and run for the Senate and the governor positions. We need new, young leaders in the Democratic Party if we're going to be able to make back some of the losses we've had over the last eight or 10 years."

Meanwhile, Pelosi has said that there is nothing to negotiate if Trump sticks with his extensive proposal on immigration, and Ryan said the plan does not sound like what the president was saying a few weeks ago.

"We've always got to keep the lines of communication open," Ryan said. "This is a really important issue that I don't think we want to just let hang out there. But clearly, that was a pretty aggressive first volley by the president that has a lot of nonstarters in it for a lot of us."

Further, he said Democrats do believe that the border with Mexico needs to be secured, but he does not believe a full physical wall is needed.

"I think that the decision, really, is whether or not we use the latest and greatest technology," Ryan said. "We use sensors, we use the kind of information technology that we have today to do it. Or do we build a big wall that's going to be a big boondoggle?"

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Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan Tuesday said that he thinks his party needs "new, young leaders" if it expects to make up for the losses it's had over the last eight or 10 years, and that he still wants to be part of that transition.
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