Monday, September 3, 2012

Bush Strategist On Ryan Speech: "At Some Point, The Truth Should Matter"

Add Matthew Dowd, chief political strategist for George Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, to those criticizing Paul Ryan for an RNC speech filled with lies. Dowd refers to Ryan's blaming Obama for a 2008 GM plant closure that took place before the president took office. Ryan made this false charge in Ohio on August 16th and repeated it at the convention. Dowd also refers to Ryan's criticizing Obama for not acting on the Bowles-Simpson debt commission–yet Ryan was instrumental to killing the bipartisan agreement. Watch Dowd criticize Ryan's falsehoods on ABC's This Week:

DOWD: Paul Ryan, what he did in his speech, I think so stretched the truth. And I like Paul Ryan, have a lot of great respect for Paul Ryan, but the elements that he said about closing the GM plant which closed before Barack Obama took president [sic], about the Simpson-Bowles bill which he opposed and then all of a sudden he faults Barack Obama for. At some point, the truth should matter…He was trying to convey that Barack Obama was responsible for the closing of the GM plant and that isn’t true.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

When has the truth mattered to a republican politician? Not perhaps since Teddy Roosevelt.

Jeff Tone said...

Certainly the truth is not a cherished commodity to today's GOP.