Paul Ryan Now Says He Wasn’t Blaming Obama For Janesville Plant Closing
Paul Ryan is changing his tune.
‘What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama was responsible for the plant shutdown in Janesville,’ Ryan told NBC. ‘That is not what I was saying; read the speech. What I was saying is the president ought to be held to account for his broken promises. After the plant was shut down, he said he would lead efforts to restore the plant. It’s still idle…
In his convention speech in Tampa, Ryan said: ‘When he [Obama] 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.’