Obama Campaign On Ryan’s RNC Speech: ‘He Lied’

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign, didn’t mince words on Thursday when asked about vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s factually dubious speech at the Republican National Convention.  

Cutter told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that many of Ryan’s claims — including the oft-invoked attack on the president for the closure of a Wisconsin auto plant that was actually shuttered when former President George W. Bush was still in office — were more than merely misleading.

“Well, you know, Andrea, there’s no delicate way to put this, but he lied,” Cutter said. “He blatantly lied and brazenly. A number of different things have been fact checked by members of the media, independent fact checkers.” 

Cutter continued her pointed criticism later in the interview.

“Facts are powerful things. We didn’t hear many of them last night,” Cutter said. “And one thing that we didn’t hear is one idea, one tangible idea of how to move the country forward. Paul Ryan was picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate because of his intellectual leadership. He was an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. You couldn’t prove that to anybody last night watching that speech.”


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