It appears that GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s rousing speech last night has the Democrats scared – scared enough to fire off an email in attempt to fundraise off of Ryan’s speech. But that email, claiming Ryan lied about a GM plant closing in December 2008… has proven to be false.
Paul Ryan lit up the stage last night at the 2012 Republican National Convention and his hard-hitting, humor-infused speech was enough to make the Obama reelection team quake in their boots. But it’s a line in Ryan’s speech about a GM plant closing its doors soon after a 2008 visit by then-candidate Obama, that has everyone talking this morning, and the fact checkers are proving that Paul Ryan was right.
Ryan mentioned in his speech that Obama spoke in 2008 at a GM plant in Janesville, WI and promised that the plant would remain open for another 100 years. Ryan then correctly stated, “as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.” In fact, in 2008 Obama twice mentioned the Janesville plant, as late as October 2008, reassuring employees that it would not close its doors.
Jim Messina, the Campaign Manager of Obama for America fired off an email early this morning to supporters, stating that Ryan “… dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush.”
The Washington Post and a host of others on the Left have also jumped on Ryan’s claim, calling it was “misleading” and a “blatant lie” because they say the plant was actually closed before Obama officially took office in January 2009.
That’s a convenient spin for Obama defenders because the plant closing its doors in 2008 would make it the fault of Bush, not president Obama.
But some diligent fact checkers on the Right have pointed out that the plant more accurately closed its doors in 2009, a mere four months after Obama’s inauguration. The plant in question halted production of certain SUVs in December 2008, but medium truck production continued. It was in April of 2009 that the plant stalled production of those trucks, with only one other SUV remaining in production until May of 2009 when it ceased.
Messina appears to have jumped the gun too quickly as his email to supporters claimed that Ryan launched a “dishonest attack” against the president. As it turns out, Ryan spoke the truth, and the Obama reelection team is the one spewing misinformation.