Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed on Tuesday's Today Show that he never blamed President Obama for a Janesville, Wisconsin car factory shutting down (video below), reports RawStory.com.
Today Show host Matt Lauer said to Ryan: “It seemed like you were unmistakably trying to link the president’s promise with the closing of that plant, which you know, obviously, closed before he became president.”
Ryan said: “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 our plant was shut down, he said that he would lead an effort to retool plants like the Janesville [Wisconsin] plant, to get people back to work. It’s still idle."
"People are still not working. Lots of people I grew up with who lost their jobs, still don’t have those jobs there. So my point was not to lay blame on a plant shutdown. It was, this is yet another example of the president’s broken promises.”
However, Ryan mentioned the Janesville car plant in an Aug. 16 speech: “That plant was shut down in 2009. I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open. One more broken promise.”