As Biden touts Intel’s Ohio factory, Rep. Tim Ryan questions his 2024 plans

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NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Sept 9 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden traveled election year to a majority Republican part of Ohio on Friday for the grand opening of a semiconductor factory he presented as proof that his economic policy was working.

But his trip was punctuated by fellow Democrat, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, publicly questioning whether the party needed new leadership when asked if the 79-year-old president should run for office. re-election in 2024.

Biden traveled to Licking County near Columbus to speak at the site of Intel Corp’s new $20 billion semiconductor fab (INTC.O) and hailed it as a sign of things to come.

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“The future of the chip industry will be made in America,” he said. “The industrial Midwest is back.”

The trip is part of a front-row White House campaign to tout new manufacturing and infrastructure funding that Biden’s Democratic Party has pushed through Congress, while decrying opposition Republicans backing by former President Donald Trump as dangerous extremists. Read more

Previous trips to Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have taken the president to areas where Democrats already enjoy strong support, but Licking County voted 63% Republican to 35% in the presidential election. of 2020.

Democrats have lost Ohio in the last two presidential elections, but the retirement of Republican Sen. Rob Portman could give Democrats a shot at a Senate seat.

Some recent forecasts show that Democrats are in favor of maintaining control of the Senate, after a series of victories in Congress. But not all candidates hail Biden’s campaign support.

Ryan, who currently represents Ohio’s 13th congressional district, is running against Republican JD Vance, a venture capitalist and author of the book “Hillbilly Elegy,” who has Trump’s backing.

When asked Thursday if Biden should run for a second term, Ryan told Youngstown, Ohio, network WFMJ: “My hunch is that we need new leadership at all levels – Democrats, Republicans, I think. that it is time to move on to a generation.”

Ryan, who has broken with the president on some issues, did not ask Biden to campaign with him in the state, but was present at Intel’s inauguration for the president’s remarks.

Pressed later by reporters whether Biden should run again, Ryan said it was up to the president. “The president said from the beginning that he was going to be a bridge to the next generation, that’s basically what I was saying,” he said.

Trump’s political organization announced on Monday that Trump would attend a rally for Vance in Youngstown, Ohio on September 17.

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Intel backed the Ohio project ahead of passage of the Chips and Science Act, a funding bill that Biden signed last month after some Republicans joined Democrats in supporting it, according to the White House. Read more

The chip law aims to revive domestic semiconductor production in response to supply chain disruptions that have slowed auto production.

A slew of other companies have announced new semiconductor factories resulting from the passage of the Chip Act, which authorized about $52 billion in government subsidies for state semiconductor production and research. United States, and an investment tax credit for chip factories estimated at $24 billion. Read more

“Industry leaders choose us – the United States – because they see America’s back and America in the lead,” Biden said.

Intel announced it has distributed $17.7 million to Ohio colleges and universities to develop semiconductor-focused education and workforce programs, as part of an investment of $50 million in education and research in the state, during Biden’s visit.

Intel’s plant will contain at least two manufacturing plants that the White House says will be built by unions, creating more than 7,000 construction jobs and 3,000 full-time jobs producing cutting-edge chips.

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Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland; additional reporting by Jane Lee and Jeff Mason; Editing by Heather Timmons, Aurora Ellis and Jonathan Oatis

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