The New York Times recently asked all the Democratic candidates in the 2020 race for president: “Who is your hero, and why?” Popular answers were Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and the candidates’ parents and spouses.
Ohio congressman Tim Ryan’s personal hero, however, was none other than Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
“Wow, I mean, right now, it’s Baker Mayfield, quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” Ryan responded with a chuckle.
When the interviewer asked who Rep. Ryan’s political hero was, he said President John F. Kennedy. Ryan went to John F. Kennedy High School growing up, and he said that he had a big influence on him growing up.
Ryan has represented Ohio in the Congress since he was 29, and the New York Times describes his platform as that of a “traditional mainstream Democrat, calling for sweeping action on climate and the creation of public health insurance option.”
Click here to listen to Ryan’s responses to the Times’ questions about other issues, including gun control, health care, Israel, illegal immigration, the death penalty and whether Trump has committed crimes in office.
We'll get to learn more about Ryan and the other candidates running in 2020 during the first Democratic debates later this month. Ryan is scheduled to take the podium in Miami on June 26.