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Congressman Ryan fielding donor support ahead of house minority leadership vote

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In four days, House Democrats will vote on who will lead the party under the incoming Trump administration.

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan is fighting to unseat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and despite what he calls a "long shot" bid, he's fielding donor feedback.

"I've been trying to get out in the media and strike up a national conversation and our phones are ringing off the hook from people all over the country," Ryan said, (D) Ohio.

The movement to push traditional party power players out isn't going unnoticed. Ryan won over the majority of voters in his district where Donald Trump also saw election night success.

Ryan appeared on MSNBC's AM Joy Saturday morning to talk about going against Pelosi and President-Elect Donald Trump's latest tweet about fighting to keep 2,000 jobs at Carrier manufacturing plants in Indiana from fleeing to Mexico.

"I think issues like this, it's all hands on deck," Ryan said. 

While he might not have Pelosi's financial portfolio, after the Democratic Party’s failed 2016 presidential bid, Ryan believes it's no longer all about money when it comes to resonating with voters.

"We are perceived in middle America that we're tied to Wall Street, we're tied to big money," Ryan said. "If money was the issue, we'd be in the majority right now."

Ryan says he has an outside shot, and wins or not, it's a conversation he believes his party needs to have going into 2017.

"To me it's about the constituents, it's about the people I represent and if you got to take on some powerful interests in the process, you know I'm Irish, I like a good fight," Ryan said.

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