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Paul Ryan Ends Interview After "Strange" Question From Local Reporter

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan ended an interview with a reporter from Flint's ABC News affiliate after the correspondent attempted to "stuff words" in his mouth.

Ryan, answering a series of questions about violence, guns and gun control laws, said the best thing to do is "help teach people good discipline and good character."

Local anchor Terry Camp asked Ryan if he could do all of that "by cutting taxes" which led to Ryan's decision to end the interview. Transcript below.

TERRY CAMP, reporter for WJRT-TV: "Does the country have a gun problem?"

REP. PAUL RYAN: "This country has a crime problem."

CAMP: "Not a gun problem?"

RYAN: "No, if you take a look at the gun laws we have, I don't even think President Obama is proposing more gun laws. We have good, strong gun laws. We have to make sure we enforce our laws. We have lots of laws that aren't being properly enforced. We need to make sure we enforce these laws. But the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity to the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character. That is civil society, that's what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another, make sure they realize the value in one another."

CAMP: "And you can do all that by cutting taxes? With a big tax cut?"

RYAN: "Those are your words, not mine."

RYAN SPOKESMAN: Thank you very much, sir.

RYAN: "That was kind of strange, you're trying to stuff words in people's mouths?"

CAMP: "Well, I don't know if it's strange."

RYAN: "Sounds like you're trying to put answers to questions."


UPDATE: This post has been updated several times to reflect how Congressman Ryan handled the situation and his decision to end the interview. A previous version of this post noted Ryan walked out, when in fact he did nothing of the sort. Ryan calmly ended the interview after the reporter attempted to put words in the his mouth. Also, WJRT is the ABC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. Previous versions of this post incorrectly reported that WJRT is in Detroit.

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