Paul Ryan Says He ‘Misspoke’ About Testimony of Generals

Apr 1, 2012 9:34am
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(ABC News)

This morning on “This Week,” Rep. Paul Ryan explained that he “totally misspoke” after suggesting that the generals who testified before Congress about the Pentagon’s budget were being dishonest.

“Yeah, I totally misspoke” said Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, after I asked him if he crossed the line. “It was not the impression I meant to give. I talked to General Dempsey…and expressed that sentiment ”

Ryan made the controversial comments this past Thursday at an event sponsored by the National Journal.

“We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget,” Ryan said.

Following Ryan’s comments, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, affirmed that his testimony was honest.

“There’s a difference between having someone say they don’t believe what you said versus … calling us, collectively, liars. My response is: I stand by my testimony,” said Dempsey.





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