With Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin having joined the Republican ticket as vice presidential candidate, many Iowa voters will hear his comments as he campaigns in our cities and towns in coming weeks. However, based on past history, Ryan is not known for regularly providing accurate information.
According to a recent analysis by Politifact, a nonpartisan watchdog and Pulitzer Prize winner, Ryan often gives half true and mostly false statements, along with some true and mostly true comments.
Politifact reviewed 14 statements that Ryan has publicly made over recent months and found that of those statements:
- Four were “half true.”
- Four were “mostly false.”
- Two were “pants on fire” (equal to incredibly false)
- Two were “true.”
- Two were “mostly true.”
In total, that means 10 statements were inaccurate, and four were true or mostly true. In other words, he was accurate about 28 percent of the time.
Learn more about Politifact’s review of Ryan’s statements