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. John in Brooklyn

    Unfortunately, when Ryan refers to "entitlements" he is NOT referring to large corporations or wealthy individuals who pay virtually nothing in taxes. Instead, he is referring to elderly, disabled, or unemployed people who simply can't afford to have their so-called "entitlements" cut.

    August 9, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Patty

    If you really care that much, drop your month-long vacations and bring all of your fellow congressmen (women) back to work to do the job they are hired for. Remember "Country First". I didn't think so.

    August 9, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. boocat

    Paul Ryan's going on the offensive...huh....he is offensive that's for sure......glad I left the stupid state of Wisconsin years ago....

    August 9, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Tillie in Texas

    Hey Paul Ryan, ya know what will help cut our deficit? If you get off the taxpayer's teat and get yourself a job where 1)you actually have to do some physical labor, 2)you have to buy your own health insurance and 3)you can't hurt us hard working American taxpayers anymore.

    Until then, go suck a Koch.

    August 9, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Sgt Schultz

    According to Newt Gingrich this is "Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering". It is Neo-Con blueprint to destroy Social Security, Medicare and every other popular government program. Remember the Republicans have ALWAYS opposed Social Security and Medicare from the very beginning...so wake-up America, kick these rightie extremists out of the House next year.

    August 9, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Bill

    With any luck, Ryan will be among the GOP house members removed from office in 2012.

    August 9, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. A Kickin` Donkey

    Here come those damn, pesky, liberal _ _ _ FACTS.

    August 9, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Dan

    What's wrong Congressman Ryan?

    Are you upset that so many have criticized your budget plan for not doing anything during the first decade?

    It's scary that the Ryan plan wouldn't even produce a balanced budget until 2040.
    That's 4 years later than the debt committee's plan that Ryan voted against.

    August 9, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. j0eschm0e

    It's sad how far the left will go to discredit the right. all the Democrats want to do is keep right on spending. when will the spending end? when the economy crashes entirely? This annual increase in spending is killing the economy. we need jobs , we need the people to get off welfare that are able to do so. we need to stop importing immigrants and giving them 2600.00 a month plus all medical/housing/dental etc etc for free. those people are actually doing much better off than the american worker that can barely pay his/her bills this mindset of the democratic left of spend spend spend and saying YES WE CAN, is UNSUSTAINABLE>>>>!!! NO YOU CANT !!!!! and you have and you shouldnt have. the RICH get richer and the poor get poorer. it has alot to do with lobbying from the ultra rich manipulation. hey lets crash the economy that way we the rich can buy up what we want (commodities) for cheap cheap and make a serious killing !!! it has come to immoral decisions to make millions/billions, and not care about whom it affects. New Hampshire is Tax free. if we got rid of the IRS and had a flat tax rate on everything, it would save the counrty many billions, and generate many more. Makes me wonder is this really just to keep people from doing well? in order to control populaion explosion? because Im sure if most everyone was well off, that there would be much more population increase. Theres a bigger picture at work here. I for one would like to know where this all is leading. So obama, your buddy george soros and yourself are for socialism that way no one under you can afford crap and you rich will reap the rewards. Just like carbon credits/al gore/goldman sachs/obama are all intertwined.

    August 9, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Ryan's plan would have seniors choosing between health insurance and rent/food. His voucher would only inflate at the CPI – 2% or 3%, while medical costs (which his plan does nothing to contain), and therefore health insurance policies, will continue to inflate at more than double digits. That means in 20 years, your $27,000 voucher will need to cover your $100,000 policy, inflating the $15,000 voucher at 3% and the $15,000 cost at 10%. You will need to sign over all your social security, plus put $40,000 or so of you own retirement savings just to pay for health care.

    Don't be fooled. Ryan's plan would impoverish 95% of all seniors within a couple of decades.

    August 9, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Joe

    Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
    He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

    party's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

    line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

    me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

    My expenses runneth over.
    Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

    the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

    home forever.

    August 9, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Wants to fight back? I'm sure he does...overall polls are showing that the only two GOP morons less popular than he is are Newtered and Jaberwocky Barbie.

    And screw this "as we know it" crap. Ryan's CouponCare Crapshoot is about as close to a "repeal and replace" of the Medicare program as you could possibly get. You don't get to repeal it, replace it with the CouponCare Crapshoot that would cause the amount of useful assistance the program provides to seniors to rapidly dwindle over time, forcing them to pay more and more and more for private health insurance for which insurers will charge inflated, gouged prices justified on the basis of the risk level of the elderly (because, you know, being elderly is a "pre-existing condition"), and then claim it is still "Medicare" just because you slapped the same name on it. That's like skinning a goat, stuffing a pig into the skin and then claiming that tah-dah, the pig is now a goat. Ryan's Pathology of Plutocracy "budget plan" is just that: pathological. Maybe we should just think up a new name for Paul Ryan and start calling him that, insisting that he is now whatever that name is just because we say so.

    August 9, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan attempting to garner more votes to save his rear end, sorry Ryan you are toast, the GOP know it and so does the rest of the World. We don't need your kind in Washington but there is a place for a person who preys upon seniors and less fortunate and it's call Hell.

    August 9, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Tony 140

    If there is one thing that Paul Ryan can do is put a plan together. I guess that does not make him Presidential – nary even a hint of a plan from BHO. Plus no budget for over 900 days – can this leadership be any more incompetent – FIRE THEM ALL.

    August 9, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Ryan wants to "fight back?" I guess it feels that way to him. The move by Democrats is a counter punch to the disinformation campaign being conducted by Republicans against the Affordable Care Act, a campaign which is now in its' third year.

    The Ryan Plan has been carefully crafted so that it cannot co-exist with the Affordable Care Act. The changes to Medicare the ACA will make would render the Ryan Plan as a useless piece of legislation. The Ryan Plan is like writing a law that requires police officers to have their service issued bows and arrows inspected. It attempts to modify something based upon a set of false assumptions.

    August 9, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. independent that now leans republican

    The democrats are airing false information in their ads–half truths are lies.

    If more Americans would study out the issues, attend the caucuses, and get the right people in office, this country would not be in the situation we are in. Obama wasn't qualified to be president and we are paying the price. Pelosi, Reid and Biden aren't smart enough to be in office....

    August 9, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Dale

    Doctors, Hospitals, Nursing homes and Pharmacies they all have lobbyists to protect their bottom line $, Well they are big part of the debt problem (( CHARGING WAY TOO MUCH FOR THEIR SERVICES they are gouging ))
    Charging Billions each year to Medicare and Medicaid, - $168 Billion to hospitals - $64.5 Billion to doctors - $26.9 Billion to nursing facilities - $19.1 Billion to home health centers - $61.7 Billion to pharmacies as part of Medicare's prescription drug programs.

    The CEOs and stockholders are greedy and stupid STOP BEING STUPID AND STOP CHARGING SO MUCH !!.

    August 9, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Maggie Mclaren

    Paul Ryan works to preserve the status quo, his he gathers momentum as a moral entrepreneur. His morals are about accumulation for himself.
    The situation is wonderful for wealthy and large corporations now. Their capital is still preserved. They reduce wage and benefits while their balances are at record highs.
    He hopes to rack up his own balances off the backs of the working people.

    August 9, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Aaron

    So he's fighting back against those who are fighting back against him and his plans to destroy social security and medicare. At this rate, the billionaire Koch brothers, the financiers of him and the other Tea Party loons, are spending some big bucks to push their agenda through. Hopefully, it's making a dent in their billions gained through polluting the environment.

    August 9, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. bb

    You had your chance and you blew it big time, Paul Ryan. Nobody wants your brand of hate & incompetence – Just go away.

    August 9, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban

    Hey Mr. Ryan, how about you give your grandmother a voucher and leave her at the mercy of the insurance company. Tell us how that works out for her. Paul Ryan's bill will not cover medical benefits for an entire year. Impossible!!! enough with all the cuts. If you want whats happening in London to happen here, it's in the best interest of the country not to pass the fascist Ryan bill.

    August 9, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. LNB

    Ryan needs to be ended as a "fee for service" entity, not Medicare. He is taking tax dollars for his Marie Antoinette governing style, all the while enjoying socialized health care via us, the tax payers. Therefore he has to be voted out and sent into the private sector with the rest of the tea party. In that arena of the free market, Let Them Eat Each Other.

    August 9, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    "NO" is a smart response by Paul Ryan on his run for the President.

    August 9, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. John

    Paul Ryan You have To get Over your Plan , because nobody like It. It just dumb to want to cut everything and till want to extend the BUSH tax Cut. Didn't you here the people at S&P that say you have to have more Revenue. Not spending more Billions of dollars In BUSH TAX CUTS. the Trouble with you Tea Party and Republican ,Is you just don't Listen to anybody all most of all the American People.

    August 9, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. ccg

    You'll get nothing from me!

    August 9, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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