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Paul Ryan: The Lyin' King -- 10 of His Worst Campaign Fabrications

The definitive list of the V.P. candidate's untruths, beginning with his epically error-filled RNC speech

Mitt Romney pollster Neil Newhouse recently said that the Romney campaign is “not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” If the past few weeks are any indication, Paul Ryan is sticking pretty close to that strategy. Here are his most recent lies, going back to his  universally fact-checked Republican National Convention speech. Come back: We’ll update throughout the rest of the campaign.

10. “I voted for the Budget Control Act. But the Obama Administration proposed $478 billion in defense cuts. We don’t agree with that, our budget rejected that, and then on top of that is another $500 billion in defense cuts in the sequester.”  Truth:Ryan has been doing back flips to explain why he has been criticizing the Democrats for the $600 million “sequestration” cuts that will automatically go into effect if there’s no budget compromise by December. Ryan, in fact,  voted for those cuts. The sequestration cuts, along with $487 million in other defense cuts, were both a part of the Budget Control Act.   (September 9, 2012)

9. “And by the way, under President Clinton, we got welfare reform … which moved people from welfare to work, to get people out of poverty. President Obama is rolling back welfare reform.”  Truth: President Obama  granted several Republican governors new flexibility for how to implement welfare standards, but did not eliminate the current existing requirements. The claim about the work requirement was universally debunked by fact checkers, and by Bill Clinton.  (September 5, 2012)

8. “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something … I was fast when I was younger, yeah.”  Truth: Runner’s Worldfact-checked Ryan’s claims that he had run a marathon in under three hours, and found that he is recorded to have finished in just over four hours. Ryan later  backtracked(August 31, 2012)

7. “When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, 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.”  Truth: Ryan blamed Obama for the plant’s closure, but  in reality the plant had closed before Obama was even sworn into office, during the Bush era.  (August 29, 2012)

6. “The stimulus was 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.”   Truth: The non-partisan CBO  estimates that the stimulus helped create 3.3 million jobs, and most economists agree it was at least somewhat successful. Ryan himself requested stimulus money for his district in 2009-2010, then  got caught lying about it.  (August 29, 2012)

5. “Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.”  Truth: The savings in Medicare  come from cuts to reimbursements to hospitals and insurance companies, not from seniors, and go to paying for the healthcare law. By repealing the ACA and restoring those reimbursements, Romney and Ryan would in fact  hastenMedicare’s demise.  (August 29, 2012)

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