Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican Nation Convention Wednesday (Aug. 29) was not as truthful as he made it out to be. The vice presidential candidate did his best to fire up the party offering a push of excitement going into Mitt Romney’s speech scheduled for tonight, but it appears that Ryan failed to put his fact-checker to use, a move that did not go un-noticed.
Following his speech, CNN host Wolf Blitzer made mention of Ryan bending the truth but didn’t get too deep into the matter. “He delivered a powerful speech,” Blitzer said. “Although I marked seven or eight points I’m sure the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute if they want to go forward, I’m sure they will.”
By Thursday (Aug. 30) those points were outlined by several different outlets, including Salon.com which broke down Ryan’s “brazen lies.” Among them include his proclamation that President Obama is responsible for the S&P lowering the country’s credit rating. In actuality, the S&P blames Republicans for the downgrade which was brought on by their unwillingness to offer measures to increase revenues. “Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place,” S&P said in a previous statement. “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist a measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.”
Perhaps, Ryan didn’t review the S&P’s statement before taking the stage last night.
Elsewhere in his speech, the 42-year-old blamed Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown. In actuality, during his 2008 campaign Obama said that he wanted the plant to “be here for another hundred years,” yet it closed three months before he actually took office.
Medicare, which Ryan wants to turn into a voucher system, was also brought up during his address. Ryan pegged Obamacare as holding “hidden taxes” which “came at the expense of the elderly.” However, the president’s proposed $716 billion plan in which Ryan referenced, isn’t a cut in benefits but reduced payments to both hospitals and doctors.
Even Fox News attested to Ryan’s deceit, with columnist Sally Kohn declaring that Ryan tried to “set a world record for the greatest number of blatant lies.”
In spite of the missteps, the Romney campaign has defended the Wisconsin native by pretending that he was either misunderstood, or didn’t actually say some of the statements that have been outlined as being false.
On the contrary, the Obama campaign accused Ryan of filling his speech with “nearly a half dozen previously debunked attacks.”
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