Democrat Candidate Rep. Tim Ryan Stands Down National Anthem, No Hand on Heart

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 30: Democratic presidential candidates Marianne Williamson, (L-R), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, former Maryland congressman John Delaney, and Montana Gov. Steve …
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) stood with his hands locked in front of him while the other nine candidates on stage put their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem at the opening of the second Democrat debate in Detroit on Tuesday.

After the ten candidates were introduced at the start of the debate —  in addition to Ryan, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, Steve Bullock, Marianne Williamson, and John Hickenlooper — the colors were presented and a local choir performed the National Anthem. 

Everyone on stage except Ryan held their hand over their heart during the anthem, as is American custom.

Follow Penny Starr on Twitter


Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.