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Paul Ryan, we are discovering, does not always handle follow-up questions that well.

The latest evidence came yesterday afternoon, when an interview with a local television reporter in Michigan turned testy and was ended by Ryan’s aide.

The dispute was ostensibly over gun control. Asked by the reporter, Terry Camp of WJRT in Flint, if America has a gun problem, Ryan responded that the country has a crime problem. “Not a gun problem?” Camp asked. “No,” Ryan replied, arguing that existing laws should be enforced and that “the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity to the inner cities” – for “charities, and civic groups and churches” to teach people “good discipline, good character.”

“And you can do all that by cutting taxes – with a big tax cut,” Camp replied.

“Those are your words, not mine,” Ryan said, at which point his aide stepped in to end the interview.

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