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Rep. Paul Ryan meets with Black Caucus over insensitive comment




Congressman Paul Ryan speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Memorial Hall on October 31, 2012 in Racine, Wisconsin.
Congressman Paul Ryan speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Memorial Hall on October 31, 2012 in Racine, Wisconsin.
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In Washington, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has been facing a fire storm. Back in March, the Wisconsin lawmaker appeared on a radio program to discuss his plans to tackle poverty, when he said this:

"We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work so there's a cultural problem that has to be dealt with."

Critics took Ryan to task, calling this remark thinly veiled racism. But instead of writing him off entirely, the Congressional Black Caucus invited Ryan to meet with them face to face yesterday.

One member of Congress who was there, Democrat Karen Bass, joins the show to talk about what happened at the meeting. Bass represents California's 37th district, which includes parts of South LA, Culver City and West LA.