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Ohio U.S. Senate candidates Tim Ryan and JD Vance square off in first debate

On today's "Sound of Ideas," we hear political analysis of last night's U.S. Senate debate. [christianthiel.net/shutterstock]
On today's "Sound of Ideas," we hear political analysis of last night's U.S. Senate debate. [christianthiel.net/shutterstock]

The latest polls show a tight race between U.S. Senate candidates JD Vance and Tim Ryan, vying to replace retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman's seat. Republican Vance, who is also a venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" faced off against Democratic Congressman Ryan last night in Cleveland during an hour-long debate, hosted by Fox 8's Joe Toohey and NBC4's Colleen Marshall. 

The candidates answered questions on topics relating to the economy, guns, abortion, the pandemic and more. The candidates had plenty of back and forth throughout the debate, including on Ryan's attempt to appeal to moderates during the campaign. 

This was the first of two debates the candidates agreed to. The second one is happening next Monday in Youngstown. 

We're going to spend today's "Sound of Ideas" analyzing last night's debate and discuss the overall state of the U.S. Senate race with a panel of political experts.

-Matt Cox, President & Founder, Capitol Partners
-Brianna Mack, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University
-Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball, University of Virginia Center for Politics 

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