Paul Ryan wants to fight back
August 9th, 2011
02:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul Ryan wants to fight back

Washington (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is going on the offensive. He sent an email to supporters Tuesday asking for donations to help him mount an ad campaign in Iowa to counter expected Democratic attacks this week on his budget plan in the state.

The Democratic National Committee on Monday launched a campaign timed to the Ames straw poll and other related Republican presidential campaign events ongoing in the state saying in a web video "Just like Washington Republicans and the Tea Party, Republican presidential candidates want to end Medicare as we know it." In the video one of the GOP leaders featured is Ryan and includes mentions of his budget blueprint.

In the email solicitation for donations to his political action committee, the Wisconsin Republican said: "We have to fight back. With your support, I'm planning on launching a counter-attack to educate Iowa voters about the Path to Prosperity and how it's the only plan currently on the table that saves Medicare."

Ryan's budget, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this year but was defeated in the Senate, would completely overhaul Medicare and end it as a fee for service program. It would set up a system where seniors would purchase a private plan, and the government would then reimburse the insurer.

The Ryan budget also called for repealing the health care reform law passed by the Democrats and signed by President Barack Obama, it would also overhaul Medicaid and reform the tax system.

Political experts have said the issues that have been debated as part of the debt ceiling increase – how to cut the nation's deficit, what programs should get priority, how to reform entitlement programs and the tax system – are ones that will likely be key in the 2012 election.

"The 2012 Presidential election is a critical opportunity to establish our priorities of cutting spending, eliminating deficits, paying down the debt and restoring economic growth. With Iowa's important role as an early state in the political process, I hope you'll recognize the need to take our fight there right now," Ryan said in his message to supporters.

While the decision to mount this counter-attack in the key state of Iowa may stoke speculation about his presidential ambitions, Ryan repeatedly has said he is not interested in running for the Republican nomination this year despite some leaders in the party still urging him to get in.

"My answer is still no," he told Fox News Sunday this weekend.

In a May CNN/Opinion Research Poll 48 percent of those surveyed said they would like to see Ryan seek the GOP presidential nomination while 43 percent said they would not.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Committee • Iowa • Paul Ryan
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. lgny

    Ryan's plan for Medicare is doomed by design. His plan grows Medicare funding only to match the inflation rate. It would be a major miracle for the growth of medical costs to drop to match inflation. Hence it guarantees that every year the federal subsidy will cover less and less of the premium cost. In 20 years, the program would be worthless.

    August 9, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. beevee

    have'nt you learnt anything Ryan. people don't like teaprty agenda anymore. You may have got them to vote for you once, but wheny realized that was a terrible mistake you can't con them again. Your policies stink especially the Medicare changes you are so vehement about implementing. They suck.

    August 9, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    So what does the Democrat budget and plan to save Medicare and Social Security look like???? Anybody seen it??? Anybody??? ANYBODY????? SHOW ME THE PLAN!!!

    What about a BUDGET??? ANYBODY?? A DEMOCRATIC BUDGET??? ANYBODY???

    What about all the spending cuts??? ANYBODY?? WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSED SPENDING CUTS?? ANYBODY???

    The silence is deafening.... The Democrats want to "lead" yet have no plans, no budget, no alternatives, no spending cuts, nothing, nada, zero, zilch.... Where I cpme from we don't call people like this "leaders", we call them LOSERS.

    August 9, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. George Clopton

    He single backhandedly destroys the economy and wants to fight back. Against who? the public? Himself? The man is a loon.
    Republicans are willing to ruin the entire world's financial market just so they can continue to hoard all the nations' money. 1 trillion lost each year to individual and corporate deductions and breaks is vital to the nation's fiscal health.
    They worked 18 months on Debt reduction and it was scuttled at the very last minute by a small group of republicans. The same group that insisted on mixing debt reduction and raising the debt ceiling together. It's like they went out to lunch, got looped, and game back in a fighting mood.
    Republicans are doing all they can to cripple the economy and stifle job growth. They are gambling with the countries economic future just to win an election. There will be other elections for them. But no turning back for us.

    August 9, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    paulie bozo, give it up. Can any dumb dumb in there any rethug/teatard partymember who does not want to run for president? Do you people think this is a popularity contest? It takes some brain and except for hate, none of you have it. Most of you have been too far right and it's your fault we are in the mess we are right now. It ain't gonna happen arse hole!
    Just watching, according to Newsweek a story about the queen of rage. Those eyes. You don't see them outside a padded cell.

    August 9, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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