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Fact-checkers assail Paul Ryan's speech
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shakes hands with supporters on Aug. 12 in Mooresville, N.C.: Ryan might be able to make his home state more of a toss-up, but he probably won't make it solidly Republican, says Micah Cohen at The New York Times.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shakes hands with supporters on Aug. 12 in Mooresville, N.C.: Ryan might be able to make his home state more of a toss-up, but he probably won't make it solidly Republican, says Micah Cohen at The New York Times.
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epublicans are delighted with Paul Ryan's GOP convention speech, hailing it as an out-of-the-ballpark hit highlighting President Obama's poor case for re-election. The nation's fact-checkers, however, are not as pleased. Ryan suggested that Obama's policies failed to save a GM plant in Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis. (It closed before Obama was inaugurated.) He accused Obama of raiding Medicare of $716 billion "at the expense of the elderly." (Ryan's own budget includes these savings, which apply only to reimbursement rates to health care providers.) And Ryan even chastised Obama for ignoring the recommendations of a presidential bipartisan debt commission. (Ryan sat on the commission and voted against its report.) Truly, Ryan's speech "was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech," says Sally Kohn at Fox News.

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