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Critics Of Paul Ryan's Speech Point Out Numerous Factual Errors It Contained

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People are praising Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention last night. We've got to admit, he's pretty to look at and has no problem speaking clearly in front of millions.

The only problem is that another portion of the people watching noticed that his speech may have been built off of a few "seven or eight points…the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer was quick to point that out, although didn't go in to specifics because "as far as Mitt Romney's campaign is concerned, Paul Ryan on this night delivered."

Let's talk about a few examples of some of the exaggerations and less-than-honest attacks that the Republican Vice Presidential candidate made against Barack Obama.

For starters, he blames the current president for the closing of a Janesville, Wisconsin GM plant. Numerous sources are contesting that claim because the plant had halted production in December of 2008, BEFORE Obama took office. While Ryan voted FOR an auto bailout under George W. Bush, he criticized Obama's bailout which is credited for saving the majority GM and Chrysler plants all over the country.

Ryan also called out Obama for his 2009 stimulus plan by labeling it:

"…a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal."

While he swears he never asked for any of the $800 billion, letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis prove he actually asked that funds be given to two Wisconsin energy conservation companies. One of which went on to receive $20.3 million in federal funds.

Ryan also blasted the POTUS for creating "a bipartisan debt commission" that delivered "an urgent report" and then Obama "sent them on their way and did exactly nothing." While fact checkers say this assertion is true, they point out that Ryan really has no room to talk since he was a member of the commission and voted against its final "urgent report."

Regardless of who you want to vote for this November, it's important to listen carefully to the words that both candidates saying and make sure those words are true. We look forward to hearing what Romney has to say tonight!

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37 comments to “Critics Of Paul Ryan's Speech Point Out Numerous Factual Errors It Contained”

  1. 1

    Paul Ryan lie? No! Well I just can't believe that. GOP… not too shocking.

  2. natthecat says – reply to this


    when it comes to politics perez…can definately see where you stand…very one sided. i havent seen one negative anything about obama…which has been very far from perfect as well

  3. Brooke says – reply to this


    First of all, Paul Ryan did not BLAME Barack Obama for the closing of the GM plant—However, he is blaming Obama for making a promise that he did not keep which was saying these exact words:"'I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years." Obviously Paul Ryan knows that the GM plant closed in June 2008, but the problem that Paul Ryan was addressing was the simple fact that Obama did not practice what he preached and did not carry out his promise. So maybe celebrity gossip sites should stick to reporting on celebrity gossip and not politics because it's quite clear there is a bias…lets not forget all the misleading political campaign ads the Obama team has aired, yet, there seems to be none of their misleading messages on here? hmmm

  4. Cati the Conservative says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Who? – Amen!

    It's amusing and convenient that he fails to acknowledge all of the factual errors he himself spews out into the blogosphere.

    "t's important to listen carefully to the words that both candidates saying and make sure those words are true." <– I hope you take your own advise Buddy!

  5. 5

    What a misleading headline. Not that expect any different. Nothing you pointed out contradict the facts that were presented. Come on….Obama did ignore the debt commision report.As for receiving stimulus, Ryan already said he took full responsibility (yes responsibility) for that. Imagine that!! Nothing he said re the GM plant was factually incorrect. Listen to the words he said….all true!! So your point is what exactly…..?????

  6. 6

    For a better assessment, check out the critiques - both pro and con - in the Washington Post. Their 'pinocchio' rating is pretty good. Overall - lots of rhetoric, lots of half truths, very little substance.

  7. 7

    Since we're going after Ryan, how about Obama?

    “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

    “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

    “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011

    “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

  8. Check your facts says – reply to this


    The plant stopped production of SUVs in 2008, but continued to make trucks until it closed down in April 2009.

    Ryan simply said Obama did not keep his promise and "That plant didn't last another year."

    *Obama's visit was in Feb. 2008.

    Wording is a wonderful thing.

    Stop your bias , you have an influence on young uneducated voters. Thankfully I think a lot of your site's visitors are smarter than that.

  9. jenifer says – reply to this



    you need to make sure what YOU are saying is correct before you start accusing others of mis-informing people

  10. jenifer says – reply to this


    I guess you don't allow links…but read Breitbart.com's article basically refuting the accusation that Ryan told a big fat lie…

  11. 11

    He's hot! I'd do him.

  12. 12

    Facts is Obuma was there telling the people he was going to save the company that was a ghost town in 2010 and 09 it was a skeleton crew still working there! Look it up for your selves and stop believing the excuses from Obuma!!

  13. 13

    Re: misscheriamor – The Dems are the only ones who tell nothing but the truth!! Wake up!!

  14. Junk Slayer says – reply to this


    Silly liberal losers… All you can do is attack!!! Obama has accomplished NOTHING!!!! Bu-Bye, and take your losers with you!!!

  15. 15

    What a surprise! Perez posts liberal drivel on his blog! The economy sucks, people can't find jobs, Obama's plunged the country into serious debt–so serious that our country's credit was downgraded this year. Obama is trying to turn this country into a bunch of lazy-ass, welfare and food stamp collecting sloths.

  16. 16

    Re: thebigboot
    Yeah, people seem to forget all of the stupid quotes from Obama, and still fixate on Bush's. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised…I had assumed all the comments would be bashing the republicans, but it's not!

  17. sayswho says – reply to this


    Pretty is as pretty does-he's a liar, an ambitious liar…he ain't pretty in my book.

  18. ado4586 says – reply to this


    Re: Brooke – Brook - about that plant closing comment. It's not about what Ryan said, it's about what he didn't say, that made it misleading. the exact speech was:
    "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 100 years.”That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year."

    Now, he failed to say it was the Republican Government that closed it. So Ryan is blaming Obama for not undoing GOP actions. The screwed up, don't you think?
    Plus by leaving out who was responsible for hte closing, it sets up many people to jump to the conclusion, it was Obama who closed it. And the GOP are betting on that leap of assumption. As a matter of fact, I saw some streets of some GOP delegates and that is exactly what happened. They made the wrong assumption. I think it take a cynical politician to play on his audience's ignorance.

    It's a good policy to use your critical thinking skills and not be clouded by emotion. I personally wouldn't defend a deceptive stance - not on either party, and you shouldn't either.

  19. 19

    Hahaha! Ryans a liar and a wool-puller. He voted YEA on every single spending bill that turned a surplus into a record deficit during the Bush administration (yes remember the BUSH administration?) & tells teabags he's 'fiscally responsible'…and they believe him! lol!

  20. 20

    Re: ado4586 – I agree. People don't take the time to put these statements in context and get the whole picture. Everyone wants short, black and white sound bites that are so misleading. People need to do their homework.

  21. 21

    Ryan publicly railed against the stimulus then quietly took the $ "earmarked" for his district. Like most teabaggers he's a huge fraud.

  22. 22

    Oh…and it was RYAN who coined the term "forcible rape"- in its disgusting recent context- in his radical anti choice/personhood bill HR-3 that like the 100s of other similar bills he knew had no chance of passing. This is what he & the house of tealiban have been busy with instead working on jobs jobs jobs like they promised.

  23. 23

    Re: truthgal – I guess everyone else is wrong? Even Fox News reported that it was full of inaccuracies. Obama didn't go with the Simpson Bowles commission report because all the republicans walked away, but you choose to forget that part!

  24. 24

    Re: jenifer – Really, Breitbart? who in their tight mind would believe anything that hack ever said!

  25. Baumann says – reply to this


    You know what´s funny: When I google " Paul Ryan Speech" over here in Europe, the first 500 hits are serious international media outlets who write that Ryan´s is a big fat hipocrate and a liar. Nuff said.

  26. Elizabeth says – reply to this


    When are you going to bring out the articles about what an idiot Obama has been for the last 4 years? The articles about how the middle class is worse off than we were 4 years ago? How the price of gas, groceries, etc keep going up, while we go years without raises (if we're lucky enough to have a job)? Oh, that's right "the private sector is doing just fine." We don't come here for politics, so enough with this sh*t. But, if you're going to print it, at least make sure you're right.

  27. PHARO says – reply to this



  28. 28

    This site is so fucking liberal , i dont know why i still viist it. No matter what ryan said OBama is a totally failed president . hows that fucking change working for you. HE even said himself IF unemployment is still at 8% I should be a one term pres. BIngo he will be!!

  29. Say what says – reply to this


    The Obama administration is one big clusterfuck.

  30. DOntchuworry says – reply to this


    Obama is a f-ing idiot, he has wasted so much of our money on f-ing vacations for himself ad his nasty fatass wife who claims to be healthy, but her ass is the size of the world and I swear to god her eyes are crossed or some shit. Also, where's the change he promised perez? He just puts us further and further into debt and there are still people who cannot find jobs? Everyone is right. You are one sided, therefore leave politics out of this stupid site since it is so controversial. No one gives a shit that you'd like to put your dick up obamas nasty ass, but also you're a shitty person yourself since you constantly talk shit about certain people you obviously do not like. Sometimes you have good stuff, but otherwise you fucking suck.

  31. 31

    Can anyone please tell me how the liberal BS about Romney/Ryan in any way makes the crap mess Obama has made any better?

  32. 32

    Re: smithygirl – Shhh! Romney's gonna read of the TELEPROMPTER now. lol

  33. 33

    Re: smithygirl – Anybody would be better than Obama and while I do not agree with all their policies, I just keep it in mind that both houses of Congress have to approve any legislation, so I do not think anything extreme will happen.

    Sorry but I lost my job of 22 years outsourced to India, so not voting for him. Fooled me once, not again.

  34. 34

    Mario, please stop. You (think you) know fashion. You (think you) know the psychology of certain (effed up egomaniacs) celebrities..And you surely know about the Kardashians. But YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT MATTERS this day and age. So please just STOP. It's really sad that you were allowed to get a degree at all, let alone from a well-known university. But this isn't about insulting you. This is about asking you politely to stop putting incorrect information on the internet. Stick to what you know and make your money and leave the stuff that matters to the people who are actually making things happen in this world. Have a lovely evening :)

  35. 35

    The first priority of both political parties and, by extension, all government institutions is to perpetuate their own power and influence by any means necessary. All the trite slogans about helping the American people are just empty words. As far as the American people are concerned, the primary goal of all politicians is to keep us scared, confused and diverted from real issues. Cynical but true.

  36. Ajay Jain says – reply to this


    Ryan's FACTS:

    ¹ Ryan voted for GWB's failed Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (on eve of Great Recession).

    ² Ryan votes for TARP, the bank executive bailout that sparked the TeaOP insurrection.

    ³ Ryan voted for the auto industry rescue AND the executive bonus claw back.

    ⁴ Ryan voted for the unfunded Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.

    ⁵ Ryan voted for Iraq War (but hasn't admitted the mistake (as Biden has)).

    ⁶ Ryan vote "Yes!" for the debt ceiling bill last summer.

    ⁷ Ryan wrote a letter praising the "job creators" requesting Obama's 2009 stimulus money.

    ⁸ Ryan derailed the Simpson-Bowles plan that Romney supposedly supports.

    ⁹ Ryan's never worked outside a congressional office.

    ¹⁰ Ryan's family business began as and remains a federal public works contractor.

    ¹¹ Ryan married a corporate lobbyist.¹².

    ¹² Ryan so-called budget cutting keep $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil companies.¹¹.

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