RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - On the heels of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's convention speech has been analyzed as showing factual errors.
WAVY.com asked Ryan about playing loose with the truth in his speech during a campaign stop in Richmond on Friday.
"The President campaigned with all the promises that never came true. He came to my hometown and said, 'This plant will be here for another 100 years.' It didn't happen that way," Ryan said.
Barack Obama wasn't president when that plant was slated to close.
"That's not the point," Ryan responded. "The point I was making was he came around and made all these promises. 'These plants are going to be open another 100 years,' he said, and people believed him."
Ryan serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee. The Obama Administration has spent a lot of time portraying him as anti-Medicare, favoring cutting the health care plan for the elderly. WAVY.com asked Ryan whether he thinks he is losing the Medicare debate.
"Not in the least," Ryan said. "I am excited about this debate because when seniors find out the facts of this debate, I don't think they are going to like what President Obama did to Medicare. The biggest threat to Medicare is Obamacare."
Ryan's Medicare plan as chairman of House Budget Committee cuts about the same amount of money as Obama's which is $716 billion.
Ryan says Romney's background as a businessman puts him in contrast with the president, who Ryan says has not delivered on the jobs he promised in 2008.
"I don't think the president understands what it takes to create jobs," Ryan said. "I think his record of failure, the high chronic unemployment says it all. Mitt Romney is a man who has turned around tens of thousands of jobs. He is a man who turned around struggling businesses, who started small businesses that became successful businesses."
Ryan says the campaign is dedicated to Virginia and know they need the state to win.
"Let's just say Virginia is at the top of the list of key battleground states," Ryan said.
WAVY.com asked Ryan what his late father would think about him running for office.
"My grandfather was a Commander in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the USS Wisconsin was docked in San Francisco at the time," Ryan said. "My mom remembers going on the deck as a girl when they had family day for officers, and my mom said it was emotional for her when she saw me coming down the deck (during the Vice President announcement in Norfolk] and she said my dad was staring down from heaven. It was a profound moment."
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