Paul Ryan’s Horrible Janesville ‘Lie': Accurately Quoting the President and Recounting Actual Events
Several of the statements made in Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s RNC address Wednesday night have triggered strong reactions from the Obama campaign and its surrogates throughout the media. One of the biggest points of contention is Ryan’s anecdote about a GM plant in his hometown of
Jaynestown Janesville, Wisconsin, which closed just months after being visited by then-candidate Barack Obama. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina responded to the story by accusing Ryan of “dishonestly attack[ing] Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush,” while some journalists and media “fact-checkers” have written their own context into Ryan’s remarks in order to claim them false.Let’s look at exactly what Obama said, what Ryan said, and then at what happened.