By Mario Trujillo - 08/30/12 08:38 PM EDT
Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Obama failed to act on the debt proposal that the president commissioned in 2010.
"[Ryan] is correct that Obama did not act on its report," the Post's Glenn Kessler wrote. "But Ryan left out the fact that he served on the commission and voted against the final 'urgent' report, largely because he believed it did not do enough to overhaul health-care entitlements such as Medicare."
The Romney campaign shot back Thursday, saying that Ryan voted against it but put forward his own plan.
Ryan also jumped on the stimulus package approved in the wake of the economic collapse in 2008, calling it a “case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism.”
But Ryan directed letters to the Energy and Labor departments asking for stimulus funds. Two companies, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. and the Energy Center of Wisconsin, received $20.3 million and $365,000, respectively, according a fact check by The Associated Press.
Ryan has previously said those requests were treated as routine constituent services in his congressional office.
The day after his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and amid criticism about the accuracy of his statements, Ryan sat down with three major TV networks for interviews, which are set to air late Thursday.
Ryan also sought to put Obama on the defensive over Medicare, an issue Democrats have looked to capitalize on since Ryan joined the GOP ticket. Ryan said Obama “funneled” more than $700 billion dollars out of Medicare to pay for the Affordable Care Act.
Fact checkers note that Ryan’s own budget proposal, “The Path to Prosperity,” also factors in those cuts. The House approved the latest version of Ryan’s plan earlier this year.
“Medicare’s money isn’t being taken away,” noted FactCheck.org. “The Affordable Care Act calls for slowing the growth in spending, a move that — if successful — would keep the hospital insurance trust fund solvent for longer than if the reductions didn’t happen.”
Ryan accused the president of making false claims when running for office about keeping a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., open. “That's what he said in 2008,” Ryan said of Obama’s remarks. “Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year."
The plant closed before Obama took office and provided auto bailout funds to General Motors and Chrysler. The AP noted that Ryan voted for an auto bailout during the Bush administration but opposed the one put forward during Obama’s term.
“Ryan himself voted for an auto bailout under President George W. Bush that was designed to help GM, but he was a vocal critic of the one pushed through by Obama that has been widely credited with revitalizing both GM and Chrysler,” according to the AP.