Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention last week was ...
Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention last week was full of inaccuracies, but when brought to ask on the issue, he offered up a totally different perspective. Appearing on NBC's TODAY show Tuesday (Sept. 4), Ryan was asked if he played “fast and loose with the truth” during the speech, and denied ever saying many of the topics, proven by websites, including Fox News, as being incorrect.
Among the points causing controversy was the Wisconsin native's talk of a GM plant in 2008, in which he said the following:
“In Janesville [Wisconsin], where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, 'I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.' That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.”
According to Ryan, claims that he blamed the president for the plant shutting down, are untrue. Although he failed to acknowledge that it closed before Obama was even sworn into office, the purpose of the statement was to give examples of how the president has not kept his word. “What they're trying to suggest is that I said that Barack Obama was responsible for our plant shut down in Janesville, that is not what I was saying,” he told Lauer. “Read the speech. What I was saying is the president out to be held to account for his broken promises.”
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