He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked 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. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.
The two passages the liberal media has been focusing the closing of the GM Plant and Simpson-Bowles. Fox News explains why the charges are wrong:
It is true that President Obama, when he was running for president in February 2008, toured the GM plant in Janesville. But Democrats point out that the plant actually closed in December of that year, under President George W. Bush — who in that same month authorized an emergency loan of $14 billion to GM and Chrysler.
That was not enough to prevent GM from moving forward with plans it had already announced: to shutter the Janesville facility and lay off its remaining 1,200 workers.
His aides point out — and GM confirms — that the plant was not shut down per se but idled, meaning it could be reactivated at any time.
However, nothing Ryan said in his speech about the plant was factually untrue.
Ryan stated in his convention speech that “we were about to lose a major factory” in the town at the time Obama showed up there. And though he compressed then-Sen. Obama’s remarks, Ryan did not distort them.
As far as the Simson-Bowles charges: