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Pelosi Spokesman Slams Paul Ryan's 'Shameful' Comments About Inner City Culture

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Ryan on Wednesday suggested that the "culture" in inner cities contributes to poverty in the U.S.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with," he said.

Rep. Barabara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday said that Ryan's remarks were a "thinly veiled racial attack."

But Ryan defended himself later on Wednesday, insisting that his comments had "nothing to do whatsoever with race."