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Paul Ryan Ends Interview Abruptly After Reporter Asks "Strange" Question on Gun Violence

GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan apparently got a little fed up with a local reporter after getting grilled on gun control in a recent interview.

The reporter begins by asking Ryan if he believes the country has a gun problem. Ryan responds, saying, "This country has a crime problem." The reporter presses him, saying, "Not a gun problem?" But Ryan doesn't back down. "No. If you take a look at the gun laws we have, I don't think President Obama is even proposing more gun laws ... we need to enforce our laws; we have lots of laws that aren't being properly enforced."

Ryan went on to detail ways to

decrease crime rates in our nation's inner cities.

"The best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity to the inner cities, to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, to help teach people good discipline and good character; that's civil society."

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  • However, that's when things took a bit of a turn as the reporter pushed him on tax cuts, asking, "You can do all that by cutting taxes?" "Those are your words, not mine," Ryan responded.

    At that point, Ryan's staff signaled that the interview was over, and he began taking off his microphone. An off-mic exchanged can be heard, Ryan saying to the interviewer, "That was kind of strange, you're trying to stuff words in people's mouths?..." The reporter replied that he "didn't know if it was strange." "Sounds like you're trying to put answers to questions," Ryan said.

    The exchange was cut out of the final affiliate interview. In a statement from Ryan's camp, his staff said 'the reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time for the interview when he decided to ask a weird question related to gun violence and tax cuts ... When you do over 200 interviews in a couple months, eventually you're going to see a local reporter embarrass himself.'

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