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Matt Lauer Challenges Ryan To Defend Accuracy Of His RNC Speech On Today

Appearing on the Today Show Tuesday morning, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan attempted to defend the accuracy of his RNC speech from last week in a tough interview with host Matt Lauer. "There are some people saying you played a little fast and loose with the truth on certain key elements," Lauer said at the outset. "I'm not just talking about Democratic analysts, but independent fact-checkers. Would you concede while many of the things you said were effective, some were not completely accurate?" "No, not in the least actually," Ryan said bluntly. He went on to explain that while people believe he was suggesting President Barack Obama is responsible for a plant shut-down in Janesville, Wisc., "if you read the speech" you'd see he was actually saying that "the president ought to be held accountable for broken promises ... after the plant was shut down, he said he would lead efforts to re-tool the plant. It's still idle." Lauer said he did, indeed, read the speech, and challenged Ryan further: "In my opinion, it seemed like you were unmistakably trying to link the president's promise with the closing of that plant, which you know closed before he became president." "The promise was he was going to lead an effort to re-tool the plant so people would be open and go back to work and it would be open for another 100 years," Ryan reiterated. "The point is he filled people with hope traveling around the country running for president making grandiose statements <b>...</b>
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