Vance vs. Ryan Round 1, First Of Two Debates Tonight

Ohio GOP Senate nominee J.D. Vance will on Monday night debate Democrat rival Rep. Tim Ryan in the close race for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman that will be critical in determining which political party next controls the Senate.

  • The hour-long debate is in Cleveland and starts at 7 p.m. ET.
  • The second debate is scheduled for later this week.
  • The Trump-backed Vance is the memoirist of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which is widely consider among the most insightful books about the disaffected Midwestern voter who picked Trump in 206.
  • Ryan is among the swing-state Democrats whose campaigned this election cycle have tried to distance the candidate from Washington.
  • “JD has given up on Ohio and I’ve been here fighting like hell for this state, and we’re starting to see some real results. And so that contrast of his extremism versus my pragmatism is going to be very apparent in the next two debates,” Ryan said.
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