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MSNBC Hosts Accost Gov. Walker During Interview on RNC Floor

By    |   Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:59 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was confronted and interrupted while on the air on Wednesday during the Republican National Convention by a group of MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton.

According to Politico, the Republican governor was talking to NBC’s Ron Mott on the convention floor about fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan’s vice presidential acceptance speech.

Walker said he was moved by Ryan’s reference to a General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville that was closed despite President Barack Obama’s promise to the contrary, Politico reports.

But then, the MSNBC hosts jumped into the conversation, including Maddow, Schultz and Sharpton. Maddow questioned Ryan and Walker’s claims, noting that the GM plant was closed in December 2008, before Obama took office, Politico reports.

The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker” blog points out that Obama gave the speech in Febuary 2008, and while he did make the promise, the plant was largely closed in December 2008 when GM’s SUV production stopped. A group of 100 workers on contract then produced medium-duty trucks for Isuzu Motors, ending in April 2009.

“I don’t mean to be a fact-checker, but isn’t it true that that plant closed during the Bush administration?” Maddow pushed, according to Politico. “Is your criticism that the auto bailout wasn’t big enough to come back and reopen it? That was not Barack Obama shutting down that plant.”

“No, it actually had two rounds of layoffs, and ultimately closed down just a few years ago,” Walker responded. “But it’s a good example of what happens here, and the irony is for all the people who said the bailout was good for places like Janesville and Kenosha. It wasn’t.”

Maddow said she was surprised to hear the Wisconsin governor speaking poorly of the auto bailout’s effects in his state, Politico reports.

“It is surprising to hear you run down the American auto industry at a moment that it really, really has come back and to see such a bright spot in the economy, you talked as if things haven’t worked out in the auto industry since the bailout,” she said.

“I’m just pointing out, it didn’t in Wisconsin,” Walker said, according to Politico.

When Schultz, and later, Sharpton, continued pressing the point and interrupting Walker’s responses, the governor shot back.

“If you want to talk over and not let me talk, that’s fine,’ Walker said, Politico reports. “Apparently that’s what you do a lot of.”

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