Paul Ryan Explains Why He Requested Stimulus Funds

NORTH CANTON, OH - AUGUST 16: Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at a campaign event at Walsh University. Credit: Getty Images

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan released a statement saying that after looking into allegations that he requested stimulus funds from a bill he voted against, he did, in fact, ask for the money.

Ryan said that the asks were treated as routing constituent requests and that explains why he couldn’t recall them.

“They should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that,” Ryan said in a written statement released Thursday.

“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled,” he also said. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier.”

You can see the letters here. The company Ryan was writing on behalf of, however, did not win the Labor Department grant, federal records show.

In clearing up the controversy, Ryan was sure to take a larger shot at Obama in the full statement:

“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier,” he continued. “But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that. 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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.