Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Nancy Pelosi last year to lead House Democrats, seemed to leave the door open on Thursday to challenging President Trump for the White House in 2020.
Ryan was asked on MSNBC whether he sees a president when he looks in the mirror.
He tactfully answered, "Not right now I don't, no."
Ryan said nothing more other than to indicate that it's a little too early for anyone to be declaring a White House run. When asked another way, he said today he is "solely focused on 2018," and said Democrats are looking to finally take back the House from Republicans.
Still, Ryan's own actions indicate he's at least considering a presidential run. He was invited to speak with Democrats in Hew Hampshire this month, and has clearly indicated he's looking at his options.
Ryan told WMUR "we'll see" when asked if he would run.
"I like talking about this," he said, according to Roll Call. "I like crafting the message, and I think, you know, maybe the country needs somebody from a place like Youngstown, Ohio, that has tried to develop the local economy at the local level."
Ryan's failed challenge to Pelosi reflected his frustration with the failure of Democrats to connect to regular, blue collar workers in the 2016 election. He and other Democrats have complained that the party now seems to represent coastal elites, not the voters typically found in Ryan's district.