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Paul Ryan and Julian Assange now have something in common

Oct 9, 2012

Paul Ryan and Julian Assange now have something in common: They’re both being extradited to Sweden on rape charges. They’ve both walked off the set of interviews.

Ryan was giving an interview to local news affiliate ABC12 late yesterday afternoon when the reporter started a line of questioning Ryan didn’t like: gun control. After insisting the U.S. has a crime problem but not a gun problem since we have strong gun laws (we actually have more guns than any place on earth and some of the laxest gun laws) Ryan says that the key to reducing violence is “opportunity” and helping people “get out of poverty” and building character through civic programs.

To which the reporter asks “and you can do all that by lowering taxes?” It’s actually a fair question since Romney-Ryan have been running on a platform that advocates rolling back social welfare programs and funding for the arts—the kind of civic program he seemed to be advocating above.

Seeing Ryan’s obvious discomfort, an aide ended the interview and Ryan hastily unplugged the mic. Ryan aide Brendan Buck told BuzzFeed “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.”

But it really wasn’t that strange. It wasn’t like some of the interviews that Assange has walked out of where in the middle of talking about some diplomatic files the reporter says, “But let’s get back to the condom.” This was actually about Ryan’s platform. Should be interesting to see what Ryan does if he gets a curveball in the Biden debate. Watch below.

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