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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan to Live Fact Check Speaker Ryan’s CNN ‘Town Hall’ on Twitter

Aug 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 14, 2017)U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will live fact check Speaker Paul Ryan’s so-called public ‘town hall’ on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:00 PM EDT. Pocan will post fact checks to his Twitter page @RepMarkPocan throughout the event.

“Speaker Ryan has not held a public town hall in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District since October 2015. The people of Wisconsin deserve to hear directly from their elected officials and Speaker Ryan’s decision to let CNN distribute tickets and pre-determine who asks him questions means this isn’t a real public town hall,” said Pocan. “On Monday, the number of days since Speaker Ryan has held an open, public town hall will not reset to zero. As someone who has done 4 public town halls in Speaker Ryan’s district this year, I know that thousands of people in his district want to ask him questions and will again be denied the opportunity to do so.”

In July, Speaker Ryan cited the presence of reporters at events as a reason for not having a public town hall with his constituents. However, Monday’s town hall will be broadcast on television to millions of American homes. Pocan and Speaker Ryan both represent the same county in Congress and Pocan has been invited by local organizations within Speaker Ryan’s district to attend town hall meetings.

WHAT: Pocan to Live Fact Check Speaker Ryan’s CNN ‘Town Hall’ on Twitter

WHERE: Rep. Mark Pocan’s Twitter page: @RepMarkPocan

WHEN: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:00 PM EDT/8:00 PM CDT