Ryan interview ends abruptly after "strange" question

Interview about gun violence leads to question about tax cuts

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by Mike Strehlow

FLINT, MI--An interview meant for television viewers in the Flint, Michigan area is now being shown throughout the country because of its awkward ending.

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan and his handlers abruptly ended the interview Monday with a Flint, MI TV reporter.

The reporter asked Ryan, "Does this country have a gun problem?"

Ryan responded, "This country has a crime problem."

He added, "We have lots of laws that aren't being properly enforced. We need to make sure we enforce these laws. But the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character. That is civil society. That's what charities, and civic groups, and churches do to help one another make sure that they can realize the value in one another."

The reporter from the ABC station followed up by asking, "And you can do all that by cutting taxes? By...with a big tax cut?"

Ryan responded, "Those are your words, not mine,"

After a Ryan aide ended the interview by saying "Thank you very much, sir." Ryan stood up, took off his microphone, and said "That was kind of strange. You're trying to stuff words in people's mouths?"

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck issued a statement saying, "The reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time for the interview when he decided to ask a weird question relating gun violence to tax cuts. Ryan responded as anyone would in such a strange situation. When you do nearly 200 interviews in a couple months, eventually you’re going to see a local reporter embarrass himself."

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