Chris Van Hollen: Paul Ryan Created Our Debt

Paul Ryan’s counterpart on the House Budget Committee, Ranking Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), on Wednesday night attacked him for backing Bush-era billd that created a multi-trillion dollar debt.

“Congressman Ryan, America is literally in your debt,” Van Hollen said.

“When President Clinton left office, America had projected surpluses of trillions of dollars over the next decade. Then came two wars, two tax cuts tilted to the wealthy and a new entitlement. Republicans didn’t pay for any of it. Paul Ryan voted for all of it. On top of that, they left behind an economy in free-fall.”

The Maryland Democrat bashed Romney and Ryan for embracing the “rigid ideology” of trickle down economics that he said “crashed in the real world.”

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