Ohio Senator Rob Portman got his facts wrong on ABC’s This Week, doubling down on Paul Ryan’s false comments during the VP debate.
[JAKE] TAPPER: ‘That’s how it’s going all around america.’ This has been weak economic recovery, without question. but it is a recovery. and unemployment is going down, as a factual matter. Why would Congressman Ryan, in defiance of facts, suggest otherwise?
PORTMAN: I think that what he was saying was the truth: unemployment is higher today than when the president took office. Unfortunately, in the meantime, we’ve created net zero jobs, Jake.
The numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs report prove both of Portman’s claims wrong: unemployment is lower than the day President Obama took office and the economy has created net positive jobs. Unless Portman is signaling that he agrees with the discredited conspiracy theory that the non-partisan BLS is cooking the books, these are, as Tapper said, indisputable facts.