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US Election Updates - September 4, 2012

California Democrat compares Ryan to Nazi propagandist

A top California Democratic Party official has compared Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan to Nazi Germany propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

In a story reported on Monday by the San Francisco Chronicle, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton was quoted as comparing factual errors Ryan made during campaign speeches to lies used by Goebbels, part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.

"They lie and they don't care if people think they lie," Burton reportedly said, referring to the Republican party, at a breakfast with Charlotte delegates.

Ryan told "a bold-faced lie and he doesn't care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie," Burton told reporters.

His comments have drawn criticism from both parties and come a day before the Democratic National Convention begins.

Ryan came under fire last week for being careless with his information during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday.

Speaking on the future of the government-run health program Medicare, Ryan alleged the White House had cut $716 billion from the scheme.

However, according to FactCheck.org, President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law did not slash funds from Medicare. Instead it lowered the growth in spending on the scheme in a bid to keep it solvent.

Ryan failed to mention that he proposed the same cuts in his own budget plans.

He also accused Obama of "political patronage" due to an $800 billion stimulus plan passed in 2008. Again, in his speech Ryan omitted that he had sought to obtain stimulus dollars for energy firms in his home state of Wisconsin.

Ryan was also accused of deceiving voters over the timing of the closure of a General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin after he neglected to note that the plant was shut down under the previous administration of Republican President George W. Bush.