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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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Rather than repugs like Paul Ryan telling Americans that Medicare is bankrupt and we can't afford it, they should tell us what it would cost to fix it. Al Gore and W had this debate 11 years ago, when it would have been much simpler and less expensive to fix. Instead of fixing Medicare and Social Security, we got tax cuts favoring the rich.

    August 9, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    And, BTW, Great Pic of Paul Ryan; looks like he's about to eat somebody's puppy.

    August 9, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Susan

    Paul Ryan is a lucky jeck that was elected by people that didn't know any better. Lucky for us, he has blatently displayed his colors and NOW we know what he is all about. This does/can/will continue to help the Democrats and Independents to get rid of the Tea Party ignorance!!

    August 9, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. rob

    Here comes the big scare campaign from the Democrats. They will not put any competing plans on the table to reduce the debt through entitlement reform which is the heart of the financial crisis we are facing. They would rather attack Republicans with vicious lies so they can somehow keep power.

    August 9, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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."
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Hell, I'm going to send him 50 cents just so I could hear him explain this one away!

    August 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. david bidlack

    you would think that a small minded self proclaiming economic expert like this walking train wreck of of a man would figure out that based on the last republican gamble with the future of our economy he could figure out that the republicans with their failed "supplyside trickle down economics" has failed this country AGAIN! it would seem as though these republicans are going to ride their failed ideology right into our new third world country before they stop their maddness. the only thing good about the last fight in congress that caused the latest down turn in our economy is at least this time they put it right to their rich supporters because the middleclass doesn't seem to have anything more that they can loose after george bush jr. got finished with them along with small business owners like me.

    August 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Such beautiful baby blue eyes and nothing but goobledygook and mayhem lurking behind them.
    Such a waste. Such a national shame.

    August 9, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    Go get 'im DNC! Ryan pretends that he wants to start a conversation but refuses to listen to any other plans or opinions or ideas and generally acts as though his flawed, dishonest and ridiculously extreme plan were the graven word of God - Heaven help you if you should say a word against it! You're playing... (ready for it?)... politics! This from the most useless politician in our state. We really should look into recalling him after we get rid of his similarly hypocritical cohorts in the State Senate and the Governor's office.

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

    Ryans plan deserves both scrutiny and criticism. First off, his numbers don't add up. Secondly, it adds $5 TRILLION to the deficit. Third, it would still not result in a balanced budget by 2030. He expects praise for such a ridiculous plan? I'd love to hear his defense, if only someone would actually ask the tough questions and demand a straight answer.

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

    Raise Taxes on Wealthy if you have guts to generate Revenue....I mean "Revenue". Desperate need for Fed....o.k,

    August 9, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Shirley In California

    He's right about one thing – that is we have to fight back. I fully intend to fight you and your rich cronies ALL the way back to the bars, clubs and passenger boats where you belong. Not one of you is fit to serve this country. You have made the word "rich" into something filthy and dirty. There is nothing wrong with success – its when you take from middle class workers and fill the coffers of your gods that it becomes appalling. Is is very clear to most intelligent thinking Americans NOW – your party cares NOTHING for any person of color (period) or that is not rich. You would see us all live in dirty camps and cramp quarters just to worship your gods of money – this is not going to happen. Even the dead are awake now and we intend to STOP you maniacs in your quest for power and greed. I'll see you at the polls liar. In the meantime get ready for RECALLS.

    August 9, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Tea Party Mike

    You go Paul Ryan!
    A new Rasmussen poll out today shows 67% of voters support spending cuts across all government programs.
    Polls since well before the 2010 election show a majority of voters support spending cuts, and reduceing the size of goverment and the deficits. All strong Republican and Tea Party positions.
    But it is also clear that independent swing voters do not want to see the deficit cutting come at the risk of a government shut down or default. Yet, without Republicans using these as leverage by the, Democrats would not have been willing to cut a penny of spending.
    How to handle the deficts will indeed be a 2012 election issue.
    Perhaps Republicans would be better off just passing bills from the House that solve the spending and defict problems and be content to let Senate Democrats take responsiblity for killing them and let Obama go on record saying he would veto them.
    Democrats would not have and will not going forward put forth any bills of their own that cut spending and solve the defict problem. Most are furious with the spending cuts that have already been passed. Democrats have really only originated two proposals. One is to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich and end selective tax breaks for some business they do not like. This proposal adds up to somewhere between 700 and 800 billion over 10 years and would bring down the current projected annual deficts from close to 1 trillion a year to around 900 billion a year. Not even close to a solution. The only other proposal was Obama's last budget that he is required by law to submit. It froze spending for a couple of years, locking us into the current unsustainable spending levels, and actually tried to sell it as a solution. It was defeated in the Senate 97 – 0, without a single Democrat vote. In fact Democrats have not passed a budget for almost 3 years now becasue they know the polls show a solid majority of voters want less government and less spending and the deficts reduced and Democrats want to do just the opposite. They can't bring themselves to pass a budget that increases spending and would make a majority of voters furious or pass a budget that decreases spending which is the opposite of what they want to do.
    Yes, perhaps Republicans would be better to just pass bills that would serve the will of the people and let Democrats kill them in the Senate while at the same time Democrats pass no bills of their own that would solve the problem. And let the people chose in 2012. Maybe the Republicans should even shock the world and give the Democrats the tax incrases they have asked for that make only a small dent in the huge deficts and then ask them what else they plan to do to solve the problem.

    August 9, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. gt

    easy .. here we go .. were broke we spend to much money...americans understand it..

    August 9, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Paul Ryan is a TRUE leader. Too bad he isn't in the Whitehouse LEADING this country and offering solutions instead of the empty suit called Obama. When Paul Ryan speaks, it is because he has something worth saying and not just to hear himself speak. Also note the lack of a teleprompter!!

    August 9, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    Repubs. hated Medicare when it was created, they still hate Medicare, they will ALWAYS hate Medicare. If Repubs. say they're trying to SAVE Medicare, they're lying. Too bad Moderate Repubs.(if there is such a thing) the Tea Party has branded you FOREVER as the Party Against All Safety Nets(even those paid for by Wage Earners for 50 years).

    August 9, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Poser

    Privatizing Medicare would be a disaster for seniors. The overhead for private insurance companies is much higher than the overhead for Medicare. The way is saves money is by drastically reducing benefits over time. Couple that with repeal of the Affordable Health Care act and insurance companies will be allowed to drop people when they get sick or have pre-existing conditions. Do we know any seniors who don't eventually get sick or have a pre-exising condition? After paying for insurance their entire working lives, seniors will be kicked to the curb to fend for themselves the moment they actually need the coverage they paid for over the years. The Ryan plan is nothing but a huge gift to the insurance companies and screws seniors.

    August 9, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Paul Ryan is fast becoming a star in Washington. He has been aggressively proactive to deal with our nation's most daunting problem. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration spends the country's debt right up past $14 trillion with no plan, sees this national debt get downgraded for the first time in history and still his first response is to play more political games.
    He doesn't get it and its becoming obvious he is incapable of getting it.

    If the Ryan Plan would have passed and become law, American debt would still have a AAA rating and Medicare would have at least a fighting chance of survival. But Harry Reid and Barack Obama are too partisan to let a Republican plan be the thing to save the American economy. You would at least expect them to come up with another plan. But they have not.

    August 9, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Squigman

    If you have the assumption that you need to go on the offensive, doesn't that prove that you've done, or been a part of something that needs perfume sprayed on it, to make it smell better than what it really smells like. Hope people see through this, and refuse to open their wallets and check books. This kind of pandering needs to stop.

    August 9, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The details of the plan, including the changes recommended, while not desirable, are inevitable.

    The truth is, they will not hurt as much as people think, they only apply to those 55 and under, and the provisions are going to happen, sooner or later anyway. The age to retire climbs a little, the medicare age gets tied to the retirement age (which is actually a positive step, as the current difference in them, creates many problems, until you reach full retirement age), and in truth ObamaCare is going to eliminate Medicare, anyway, forcing seniors to buy their own health insurance..........which of course, will cost them money they can't afford, and will lead to a drop in longevity, as seniors will be unable to maintain their health insurance, under the increased costs, after retirement.........if anyone can really afford to retire at all.

    So, the Ryan plan has been maligned by the Dems, in an unfair manner, and Ryan needs to do more, to detail his plans, and show the public, they are not unreasonable.

    August 9, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    this is another guy we need to send packing. Protecting the corporations, big oil, and stomping the middle class. BEGONE RYAN!

    August 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Chas in Iowa

    The American public needs to take notice of which of their House Representatives voted to end Medicare and turn it into a voucher program. Now the GOP is starting their propoganda campain to explain away why they did that.

    August 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Indy

    Here you go Four and The Door....................Open wallet wide NOW !!!

    August 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. SA in OO

    Reality Check Time – The Democrats don't need to attack your plan.
    If there was one good thing to come out of the long and divisive debt debate it is that all the world now knows about you plan . . . and you tactics. You can read the polls or the stock reports or just take the time to talk with real people and you will hear the same thing. The majority don't like your ideas or your attitude.

    August 9, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Mike kerns

    Tea party terrorist should be deported to Somalia or Saudi were they belong.

    August 9, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with having Medicare as a fee for service is that doctors would be getting all things done because they don't want to be sued. I say that each doctor gets so much per patient per year. I would not have there be any fee for service and ask that the doctors spend more time with each patient. That would be just a start.

    August 9, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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