Democrats say Ryan GOP Convention speech filled with inaccuracies

TAMPA -- Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan officially accepted the nomination for vice president Wednesday, August 29th, and delivered a speech to the crowd at the Republican National Convention. That speech has created some controversy after some say the speech was filled with inaccuracies and omissions. Many on both sides of the aisle reacted to Ryan's speech on Thursday -- as Mitt Romney was set to accept the presidential nomination and address the crowd as the Convention concludes Thursday night.

Democrats across the country were fired up Thursday over Ryan's VP nomination acceptance speech. They are pointing to at least four comments from Ryan some are calling lies -- one about the Affordable Care Act and senior citizens, another about President Barack Obama's stimulus spending, and a comment involving the General Motors Plant in Janesville.

In his speech, Ryan held up the General Motors Plant in his hometown of Janesville as a failed promise of President Obama.

"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 100 years.' That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year," Ryan said.

Then-candidate Obama spoke inside the plant in February 2008. Six months later, GM announced they would be shutting down all production at the plant by 2010 -- an announcement made well before Obama was elected to office. That's a timeline Democrats are trying to turn around on Ryan and the GOP.

"To sort of falsely accuse President Obama when it closed under President Bush's watch is really just so disappointing," Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Peter Barca (D - Kenosha) said.

The Janesville GM Plant portion of Ryan's speech isn't as clear cut as some are arguing. While Democrats are saying Ryan directly blamed Obama for the plant's closure, Republicans are shooting back, saying it's not the 2008 closure of the plant, but the fact it remains closed that Obama should be blamed for.

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