August 30th, 2012
09:08 AM ET
7 years ago

VIDEO: Bush: Ryan's GM plant claim not misleading

(CNN) - On CNN's "Starting Point," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in on Rep. Paul Ryan's Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention.

Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Paul Ryan
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  1. NameFrank

    It's not misleading, it's a flat out lie.

    August 30, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Jeb is correct. It's not misleading.

    It's just simply a flat out false statement. Just like Ryan's claims that he was a waiter at McDonald's when he was in college, and that he was fascinated by the automatic dishwashers he saw in use that McDonald's does not have.

    August 30, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Grahame Rhodes

    Ah!................... Right out of the Joseph Gobbles play book. Way to go Jeb. Bet you hope that the average Republican supporter never gets an education

    August 30, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. CBR

    It really is amazing that politicians have this need to tweak the truth/ Even when challenged on their facts and even when the truth is revealed they will still try to get their way. The GM plant and those like it were in trouble way before the Obama election. The economy was tanking and the candidates went to Washington to vote on a stimulus package.

    The closing in Wisconsin is being blamed on Mr. Obama even though it closed BEFORE he took office. There were tough economic issues which had not been addressed because the Bush Administration was fighting a war WITHOUT budgeting for it. Contracts were given out without any bidding. Ever hear of Halliburton. Good grief, admit there were problems and move on.

    We did not have a debt when George Bush took over. War spending could never keep be paid for unless cuts were made or taxes increased. Put these people in a room, shut the door, and get them to talk about what really happened.

    It is time for Americans to stand up and demand that our politicians in Congress stop this nonsense and solve the problems. IF they do not, they should not be reelected in November. If we allow ourselves to be swayed by political platitudes, we will see our troubles continue.

    August 30, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Oh right, like anyone should believe anything a Bush says? That tells me one thing, Paul Ryan is lying AGAIN.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 30, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. sayer

    Disappointed in Jeb. He lies too.

    August 30, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. MNAnonymous!

    There they go trying to change history... in a little while GWB will be regarded as Mr. Reagan (a president that failed on so many levels... trickle down utopia, mishandling of the AIDS crisis, etc)!

    August 30, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Credibility

    Even Jeb Bush is lying about Congressman Ryan's GM plant lie, which is sad and disgusting.

    The plant closed under President Bush in 2008, and Ryan/Bush know it.

    August 30, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    why would anyone (except the sheep) believe anything that a Bush says?? His moronic brother ruined any credibility that family has

    August 30, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Hahahahahahaha

    Well the Bushes should know about misleading!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    August 30, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Virginia

    Prove it.

    August 30, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Mary Ann

    Sure,we can believe any thing one of the Bush brothers tells the sheep

    August 30, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Omar Dice

    Fact-checkers say ryan SPEECH WAS MISLEADING and Misinformation!

    August 30, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. buckthorn

    Amazing. Say anything, Republicans it doesn't matter what the truth is, or what the facts are. Jeb Bush sits there with a straight face and feeds total bs to an audience that he's confident cannot tell the difference between the truth and a lie. And maybe he's right. So, just say anything.

    August 30, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Yonni

    Did he apologize for his brother mess? We are suffering the consequence of his brother inept presidency.

    August 30, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Saul

    Obama said the plant wouldn't close and it did so whats misleading. If you want consistent mistruths just listen to Obama/Biden every day. Factual information is not even needed with drooling reporters washing their feet at every stop.

    August 30, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. lies from the right - and mostly hate

    Of course it's misleading... everything being spouted at the RNC is deliberately released to spoon feed and invigorate the lemmings. The Grand Obstructionist Party is not known for dealing in TRUTH and FACTS... mostly lies and hate!

    August 30, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Pete

    Jebs word is as honest as Ryans,not!!President Obamas plan to keep a GM factory open was false because he didn't promise anything to anyone because he wasn't president at the time,Bush was!!Jeb,you're better off with your mouth shut,your ignorence and unpatriotic extremism is showing,something intelligent people like myself won't stomach,we know your past and that of your father,brother ,nothing ,I mean nothing makes me more irate than hearing the Bush name,so keep your so called comments to your self.Remember your family name with go down in history related to incompetancy,right next to Reagan,Hoover and Nixon,hope you ignorent ,delushional republicans are proud,your political history in economics,financials say otherwise ,all losers,catastrophic,just pathedic!!!

    August 30, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. rs

    Ahhh, the reality challenged GOP. The claim is "not misleading", but it happened BEFORE Obama took office. So has the GOP clompletely forgotten about those nightmare Bush years? Do they think Obama has run the country since 2000? If that IS the case, then we now know we're just dealing with a polictical party that either has a serious drugs issue, or has had some sort of mental break.

    GOP- the party from another planet.

    August 30, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. CanadaONE

    Republican Comvention Grading

    A+ for the art of destorting the truth
    A+, for avoiding detail on how the recovery will happen
    A+ for just being "anti" what the other party wantsto do
    B+ for showing your stupidy
    D – helping the American people that are not part of the 1%
    A+ helping people learn how to avoid taxes by hiding their money in other countries
    A+ becoming a real international DANGER

    August 30, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Matthew Chapman

    I'm tired of CNN failing to criticize politicians who are blatantly lying. There are so many things wrong with both Paul Ryan's speech and Jeb Bush's endorsement of it. Let's walk through the most outrageous lies.

    The plant DID close under George W. Bush, and Paul Ryan has no right to criticize Obama for it.
    Obama did NOT reject Simpson-Bowles, but included no fewer than six of the commission's recommendations in his next budget proposal.
    The Simpson-Bowles debt reduction plan DID involve entitlement reform, including premium hikes for the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, and provisions to eliminate Medicare fraud.
    This administration has done a TREMENDOUS amount to curb spending, and our deficits are high primarily because of a stagnant economy and a Republican refusal to either stimulate or tax.
    And Obama HAS addressed entitlement reform himself...Obamacare includes new accountability standards and waste cuts in Medicare, which are all highly compatible with Republican ideology but which the Republicans are rejecting solely because it was Obama's idea.

    If the only way the Republicans can defeat Obama is by lying through their teeth, then I say we need four more years of Obama, plus Democratic control of both chambers of Congress. If we vote Republican, it should be because the Democrats failed, not because the Republicans have taken the political process hostage and doubled-talked the blame for dysfunction onto their opponents.

    August 30, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Southeast

    A Mormon with no morals and a elf without his lucky charms your lies will catch up, and when we find out about your taxes, i'll bet u ten thousand your ass go to jail

    August 30, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. rs

    Meanwhile... I have to nominate for one of the "5 things we learned from the convention" is that after listening to the speeches last night, the perhaps the number 1 thing we've learned about the GOP is that these people couldn't tell the truth if their lives depended on it. Speaker after speaker, speech after speech- lies and nonsense repeated over and again- funnier is that some speakers countered each others lies with different ones!

    Seriously, I realize the GOP is in a tough spot. 4 years of do-nothing leadership and non-participation on their part- they are bound to be rusty, but really this is their best and brightest? These are their best thinkers? This is their creme de la creme? They are in serious trouble.
    No Jack Jemps, no Nelson Rockefellers, no Dwight Eiesenhowers, no Theodore Rosevelts, no William Buckleys, No Bob La Folletes, No Thomas Deweys- not even a Barry Goldwater to lead the current crop ot of the radicalized swamp they are in (just as Goldwater did when he warned of the Birch Society faction in the party in the 60s). All we have now are rich man sympathizers fascinated with the female reproductive system- and demonstrating graphically what they do not know.

    It is just sad. One has to voe Deomocratic just because the Republicans clearly aren't ready for prime time, and certainly have not one viable, concrete solution for the America they made such a mess of in the last decade.

    August 30, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's like this, Jeb Bush. Maybe, just maybe, if your party hadn't put the most deceitful man ever to run a national campaign on the top of the ticket, and then added another deceitful man not living in reality to run with him, there wouldn't be so much controversy over what the both of them are saying. And you and your party faithful wouldn't have to spend so much time dealing with a media that spends it's time running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying not to calling out Mr. Mittens and his sidekick ... as liars.

    August 30, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Elizabeth

    He's right. It's not's a LIE!

    August 30, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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