Did Rybak lie about I-35W bridge collapse during DNC speech? [VIDEO]

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Rybak invoked the I-35W bridge collapse, then thanked Obama for helping with Camden Bridge repairs.
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Some Republicans are upset by comments Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made about bridges and infrastructure during his DNC speech... but do they have a legitimate beef?

Here's what Rybak said:
In Minneapolis, where we know the human tragedy of a bridge collapse, thank you President Obama for delivering the resources to rebuild the Camden Bridge, and that bridge in Louisville, and bridges and infrastructure across this country.
Some local conservatives, apparently eager to seize upon any trace of Democrat deception after Paul Ryan left pants throughout the country spontaneously combusted with his RNC speech last week, quickly blasted Rybak.

From Kevin Watterson, director of media services for the MNGOP House caucus:From local conservative blogger John Gilmore:Another local conservative blog pointed out that investigators determined the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse to be bridge design, not insufficient spending on maintenance. The blog accuses Rybak of talking "about how a lack of infrastructure led to the collapse of the Interstate 35W [bridge] in Minneapolis."

Um, no. Rybak simply noted that we've had our share of infrastructure-related tragedy around here, and thanked the president for investing in infrastructure. He didn't connect his remarks with the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse.

So to answer the question posed in the headline, no, Rybak didn't lie, and no, conservatives don't have a legitimate beef. But if you're still not convinced, here's the raw footage. Judge for yourself (the bridge remarks begin about 3:25 in):

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Emily Summers Leabch
Emily Summers Leabch

He technically did not lie, he just didn't clarify. The Camden bridge was, as said in previous comments, a disaster waiting to happen. It just isn't the bridge that collapsed. The difference between this and what Ryan did is that Ryan's were outright lies. What Rybak did could be marked up to unclear speech writing that should have been caught.

Naomi Lund
Naomi Lund

I'm thankful the Camden Bridge was replaced, it was another accident waiting to happen.

Dan Engelhart
Dan Engelhart

He absolutely did not lie. That was some pretty bad Bridge design then, but solid inspection would have helped prevent it in the first place.

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

Reading comprehension FAIL. I'm sure their misinterpretation will continue to be characterized as a lie and equivocated against Ryan's inveterate mendacity.

Sommer Berg
Sommer Berg

Thanks - that was my take-away too. The I-35 collapse was a wake-up call and prompted inspection and repairs of several of our bridges. We needed money for that infrastructure improvement. It was all connected. The Party of Derp keeps derping along this election year. I would almost feel sorry for them if they didn't despise my lady parts so much.

ericthebest
ericthebest

@atrupar Haha, so no. He didn't. Story over. Case closed.

AndrewLaValle
AndrewLaValle

@atrupar What a classless title and building up of a non-story. Sensationalism at its worst.

atrupar
atrupar

@ericthebest Yeah, basically. Worth pointing out what the allegations were based on, though, IMO.

atrupar
atrupar

@AndrewLaValle Guess you weren't paying attention when it was the talk of Twitter last night.

ericthebest
ericthebest

@atrupar I suppose - nice to know the whole story.

AndrewLaValle
AndrewLaValle

@atrupar Do tweets from GOP media guy make it a valid story? Giving falsehoods attention, especially with that headline, is irresponsible

AndrewLaValle
AndrewLaValle

@atrupar Maybe "some people" discussing. But you know very well most people won't read to the bottom of the story.

atrupar
atrupar

@AndrewLaValle It's posing a Q that was people have been discussing since his speech, Twitter & blogs. Hopefully people read past headline.

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