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Zerban: Ryan Math Doesn't Add Up

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Location: Kenosha, WI

After watching a weekend Fox News interview in which Paul Ryan refused to answer simple questions about his budget and declared "it would take [him] too long to go through all the math," small business owner and Congressional candidate Rob Zerban issued the following statement:

"The problem with Paul Ryan's math isn't that it would take a long time--it's that it doesn't add up. If Ryan can't even answer softball questions from Fox News, how can voters in Wisconsin expect him to answer their concerns on jobs, education, and Medicare? The bottom line is this: Ryan can dodge the media, but he can't dodge the voters--and that's why he's headed for a double defeat on Election Night."

Independent economists have widely criticized the Ryan budget for making untenable assumptions, including a projected unemployment rate of 2.8%. And last week, media outlets reported Paul Ryan purposely misrepresented Medicare spending projections in his budget plan in order to force the numbers to add up.

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"Ryan refuses to answer the question. He tries various tricks to avoid it. First he pretends [Fox News' Chris] Wallace is asking a different question -- that he's asking about the net cost of the entire plan, rather than the gross cost of the rate cuts. He cracks jokes about the unreliability of statistics. He filibusters by making a speech about economic growth. Wallace asks the question seven times, and Ryan fills one minute and 48 seconds avoiding it."

The Paul Ryan Legend Dissipates, NY Magazine

"But it's worth pointing out another dynamic that's been overlooked here: The escalating disaster that is Paul RyanÂ…So, yes, the "47 percent" is a big deal. But the likely upshot is to prevent Romney from getting up off the mat, not to knock him down in the first place. It's Ryan who deserves credit for that."

"47%" Was Bad for Romney; Ryan Has Been Deadly, The New Republic


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