VIDEO – In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, VP nominee Paul Ryan blamed President Obama for a GM plant that closed in December 2008, before Obama took office. In the video, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is caught attempting to perpetuate the lie, but is backed into a corner when things called facts and reality are thrown at this nonsense attack on the President.
The facts are clear. When the automobile industry was on the brink of collapse, President Obama took a big risk in supporting a government bailout of the industry to save American jobs. Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed titled ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt’. The auto bailout proved to be a huge success for President Obama and both beneficiaries of the bailout, GM and Chrysler, have made a huge comeback and have paid back the government-backed loans that saved their businesses.
In an attempt – from the Karl Rove school – to attack President Obama on one of his strengths, Paul Ryan told an anecdotal story of the GM plant in his hometown of Janesville where candidate Obama met the workers in February 2008. From Ryan’s speech:
“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.”
Ryan has used this line before and it was immediately pointed out that the plant closed in December 2008, one month before President Obama took office. So, the only thing the Romney-Ryan team has to counter the success of the auto bailout is something completely false. But they run with it anyway, which is what they will continue to do until election day. Lie and deceive the American public knowing that the low-information swing voters they need to win may never hear the truth about their lies.
As the campaign itself said the other day, they are not going to let things like facts get in the way of their campaign ads and stump speeches, responding to criticism of the campaign’s TV ad attacking President Obama with false claims about the welfare reform law. Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”