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Lies, Damned Lies and Paul Ryan Lies

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Toledo --Paul Ryan is really upset with Barack Obama about that auto bailout.

Which means that Ryan is upset with himself.

In a campaign where the standard for what constitutes the "big lie" keeps getting adjusted upward, Ryan is trumping even Mitt Romney by attacking President Obama and Vice President Biden for backing policies that Ryan backed.

Picking up on the Romney campaign's closing claim that the moves taken to rescue General Motors and Chrysler somehow damaged the auto industry -- despite the fact that GM and Chrysler say different -- Ryan has been banging away on the bailout.

"The facts, they speak for themselves. President Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, taxpayers still stand to lose $25 billion dollars in the president's politically managed bankruptcy," the Republican nominee for vice president claimed at a rally in Racine, Wisconsin. "These companies, Chrysler in particular we know this story, are now choosing to expand manufacturing overseas."

In the final days of a campaign that has taken the shine off his "golden boy" status, Ryan was going all-in on the Republican ticket's biggest lie: a claim that Obama's policies had somehow endangered the sprawling Jeep plant in Toledo, a critical battleground in the critical battleground state of Ohio.

That's not true.

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Yes, Ryan says, "These are the facts. These facts are inconvenient for the president but no one disputes them. The President and the Vice President, the problem is they simply can't defend their record."

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