Tim Ryan in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019

On Free Trade: China steals intellectual property; out compete 'em

Q: President Trump's tariffs have boosted the U.S. steel industry but hurt auto manufacturers like those here in Michigan, which could drive up the cost of cars. As president, would you continue President Trump's steel tariffs?

RYAN: I think President Trump was onto something when he talked about China. China has been abusing the economic system for a long time. They steal intellectual property. They subsidize goods coming into this country. They've displaced steel workers, auto workers, across the board, eroded our manufacturing. And we basically transferred our wealth of our middle class either up to the top 1% or to China for them to build their military. So I think we need some targeted response against China. But you know how you beat China? You out-compete 'em. And that's why I'd put a chief manufacturing officer in place to make sure that we rebuild the manufacturing base.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Health Care: Unions fought for healthcare; let them keep their plans

RYAN: This Medicare-for-All plan that's being offered by Senator Sanders will tell Union members who gave away wages in order to get good healthcare that they're going to lose their healthcare because Washington's going to come in and tell them they got a better plan.

Sen. Bernie SANDERS: It will be better because Medicare-for-all is comprehensive -- it covers all healthcare needs.

RYAN: But you don't know that, Bernie.

SANDERS: I do know it; I wrote the damn bill.

RYAN: Senator Sanders does not know all of the union contracts in the United States. These union members are losing their jobs, their wages have been stagnant, the world is crumbling around them -- the only thing they have is possibly really good healthcare. And the Democratic message is going to be, we're going to go in and the only thing you have left we're going to take it and we're going to do better. I do not think that's a recipe for success for us, it's bad policy and it's certainly bad politics.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Jobs: Create national Chief Manufacturing Officer

Q: Your state of Ohio has around 96,000 workers in auto manufacturing. Senator Sanders is co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate new gas-powered car sales by 2040. Given the number of auto manufacturing workers in your state, how concerned are you about Senator Sanders' plan?

RYAN: Well, if we get our act together, we won't have to worry about it. My plan is to create a chief manufacturing officer so we could actually start making things in the United States again, that would pull the government [to] work with the private sector, work with investors, emerging tech companies, to dominate the electric vehicle market. China dominates it now, 50% to 60%. I want us to dominate the battery market, make those here in the United States and cut the workers in on the deal. The charging stations, solar panels, same thing; China dominates 60% of the solar panel market.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019.
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