DNC rips Ryan for stimulus hypocrisy

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) laid into GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Friday, calling him a "two-faced," "typical Washington politician" for privately asking for stimulus dollars while denouncing the program in public.

The Wisconsin lawmaker admitted he asked for stimulus funds in 2009, The New York Times reported Thursday. He told a Cincinnati TV station earlier that day that he had not asked for the stimulus money. 

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In comments to The Hill on Friday, Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman, said Ryan's actions showed his true character.

"He’s a deficit hawk who voted repeatedly to explode the deficit, he’s an advocate for a balanced budget whose budget numbers don’t add up and he’s anti-stimulus except when he’s writing letters requesting stimulus dollars," Woodhouse said. "As each day passes the myth of Paul Ryan is increasingly debunked by the reality of Paul Ryan. And Paul Ryan's pet project requests were no more a mistake than his budget plan is a disaster for America's seniors."

The Boston Globe reported earlier this week that Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, sent at least four letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu in 2009 asking for stimulus dollars. His advocacy helped a pair of Wisconsin environmental firms secure funding, including a $20 million grant for a group that performs energy efficiency upgrades.

Ryan has been an outspoken opponent of the stimulus and voted against it in 2009.

His request for funding stands in contrast to his views on clean energy. Ryan has strongly opposed Obama’s clean-energy initiatives, sought to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), advocated for expanded oil-and-gas drilling and denounced government intervention in the energy technology marketplace.

On Thursday, Ryan's office sent a statement saying his requests for stimulus money “were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled."

The statement from Ryan ended with a swing at President Obama’s stimulus.

“Regardless, it’s clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the president is asking to do it all over again,” he said.