Where does Romney stand on the Ryan plan?
August 11th, 2012
08:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Where does Romney stand on the Ryan plan?

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney unveils Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, questions over the House Budget Committee chairman's budget plan will likely become a hot button debate topic this fall.

Romney announced Ryan as the vice presidential candidate at a campaign event while kicking off a bus tour Saturday morning in Norfolk, Virginia.

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First put forward in 2011, the so-called Ryan Plan is a $3.5 trillion budget that would lower tax rates and cut spending, while reforming the Medicare and Medicaid government-run health care programs for senior citizens, the disabled and the poor.

READ MORE: Democratic attacks on Ryan focus on changes to Medicare and Medicaid

The budget has drawn fierce criticism from the left, particularly President Barack Obama, as Democrats claim the plan is too heavy on entitlement cuts. While the measure passed the Republican controlled House of Representatives in both 2011 and 2012, it failed to pass last year in the Democratic-controlled Senate and has no chance of making its way through the chamber this year.

But what has Romney said about the proposed GOP budget?

The presumptive GOP nominee has stood by the popular Republican plan but does not mention it as a frequent talking point. In the past, he has described the plan as "bold and exciting" and applauds it as an "excellent piece of work," one that he compares to his own economic proposals.

While appearing with the Wisconsin congressman at a Milwaukee campaign event in April, Romney said Ryan's plans on the tax code "are very similar to my own." And when the House passed the plan in March, Romney released a statement calling the bill "progress."

"Owing in no small part to the leadership of Paul Ryan, (the House) has put conservative fiscal principles into action and passed a bold budget that directly addresses the drivers of our nation's spending crisis," the statement read. "The House budget and my own plan share the same path forward: pro-growth tax cuts, getting federal spending under control and strengthening entitlement programs for future generations."

READ MORE: Romney camp prepares Medicare defense after Ryan pick

Also in March, the candidate said in a tele-town hall with Wisconsin voters that he thinks the legislation should become law.

"I think it'd be marvelous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan's budget and to adopt it and pass it along to the president," Romney said.

In early April, President Barack Obama mocked Romney for using the word "marvelous."

"He said that he's very supportive of this new budget and he even called it marvelous, which is a word you don't often hear when it comes to describing a budget," Obama said.

Romney also brought up the budget at a GOP presidential debate shortly before the South Carolina primary in January, which he lost to opponent Newt Gingrich.

Romney said he would lay out a Medicare-like program that "allows people to buy either current standard Medicare or a private plan."

"And this is the proposal which Congressman Paul Ryan has adopted," Romney said, according to a transcript of the debate. "It's a proposal which I believe is absolutely right on."

In terms of the election, a CNN/ORC International poll released last month indicated that 39% of Americans view Medicare and Social Security as an "extremely important" issue, with more respondents saying the economy, health care, education, terrorism and the deficit rank higher on a list of issues.

A majority of Americans–57%–said in May that they oppose a Republican plan to change Medicare (similar to that of Ryan), while 34% said that are in favor of such a plan, according to a separate CNN/ORC International survey.

Last November, a majority of Americans–51%–said they opposed major changes in the two entitlement programs, while 41% are in favor of changes.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Debt • Deficit • Paul Ryan
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Another former republican

    Thanks Mitt, great choice, keep your day job so you will have something to go to after November!

    August 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Jack

    Ryan wants to say goodbye to Medicare, Social Security and tax breaks for employers who provide health insurance. Romney & Ryan are two sons of millionaires. Never had to worry a day in their lives about making ends meet. Go ahead fools, vote for him. Then don't come crying when you're hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt because of medical care. Just don't get sick.

    August 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Mike

    Once again, everybody wants to kick (every) can down the road...as long as everyone is saying "Not in MY back pocket" everyone will pay the price in 3-5 years.

    August 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. olga79

    All I see is arrogance with Paul Ryan. The most arrogant politician I've seen. Can you imagine a meeting with him & Putin? Yikes!

    August 11, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Sandra Sharp

    In early April, President Barack Obama mocked Romney for using the word "marvelous."
    "He said that he's very supportive of this new budget and he even called it marvelous, which is a word you don't often hear when it comes to describing a budget," Obama said.

    Like Obama even knows what a budget is.
    The smallness this man is why I will be voting for Romney/Ryan in 2012.

    August 11, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Michael

    Here the repuglican results of their last president! They left this country with, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 800,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression! Now, with President Bush's former advisors on board Mitt and Twit will not only collapse the American economy, but the "WORLD'S" too!

    August 11, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Donald in CA

    This is a great pick. The old folks of all colors will love hearing about their social security and medicare being cut out. Remember, the teapublicans just love old folks and people with no health care.

    August 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Fortune

    sandra please like romney knows about jobs? he wont even talk about his own healthcare which obama used as a blueprint for his own.im not going to even talk about ryan his record speaks enough on its own

    August 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. florida815

    Hmmmm.... I think you're the only one excited about this match up. Obama 2012!

    August 11, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. angeson

    A recent survey reveals deep opposition to the Ryan budget– and its potential to damage Mitt Romney’s candidacy if he embraces it in the coming campaign. [1] At the outset, the Ryan budget barely garners house support. And voters raise serious doubts when they hear about proposed cuts—particularly to Medicare, education, and children of the working poor.
    President Obama’s lead against Romney more than doubles when the election is framed as a choice between the two candidates’ positions on the Ryan budget.

    August 11, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. angeson

    A survey reveals deep opposition to the Ryan budget– and its potential to damage Mitt Romney’s candidacy if he embraces it in the coming campaign. [1] At the outset, the Ryan budget barely garners house support. And voters raise serious doubts when they hear about proposed cuts—particularly to Medicare, education, and children of the working poor.
    President Obama’s lead against Romney more than doubles when the election is framed as a choice between the two candidates’ positions on Ryan's budget.

    August 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. The Fladaboscan

    I have read the Ryan plan and it's not a plan. It's a fancy hit piece on the current administration touting the same old Republican saws – cutting government spending while increasing the defense budget, let's drill for oil wherever we want to, etc.

    There's no news here at all.

    August 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Paul Williamson

    This little twerp has accomplished nothing in his life, he is anither son of a rich man, and is not ready to be President.He makes Sarah Palin look like a genius. This is just one more bad decision by Robme(sic).They will get slaughtered in November.Leave my Medicare alone, you thieves.

    August 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Peace

    Watching the audience when Romney was first introducing the next President of US and then made corrections later that he intended to mean the VP. There was no any enthusiasm at all from the crowd. The crowd was cold like my morning coffee during winter time.!

    August 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Barry from Wisconsin

    Republican "reform" is code for cutting taxes for the rich, wiping out Medicare and Social Security as we know them, screwing people who have very little anyway,and raping the country – spending obscene amounts of money to be elected and reelected.

    August 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Pam Parish

    As a retired educator of 40 years, I am left with no health insurance – only $150 a month given me to choose a plan. – since I moved out of the state I retired from. When I tried to get insurance recently because my husband wants to retire at age 67, meaning we'll lose his Group Plan, I learned that I was not a favorable medical risk for some reason, and Cobra is my only choice until I turn 65. Guess what Cobra cost: minimum $650 a month. For any "Senior" who only is living off their Social Security this medical insurance "issue" must be solved!! After reading Ryan's proposal for more choices than Medicare – that's nice if you are in perfect health at age 65 and insurance companies will insure you!!! Most of us are not and have not saved enough money to live as a "senior" not in poverty!! Please listen to senior isues with an open mind and reconsider our needs.

    Need help for seniors living off Social Security

    August 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Sarge1

    To show you the respect that Republicans have for disabled Veterans. I was just in a meeting where a group of Republican's told me that as long as i was wearing my Disabled American Veterans hat that i was not welcome in the same place they were and told me i was a disgrace for letting myself get disabled. I told them it is a free country and i could do what i want. lol, the answer, after guy spit in my face and i kindly knocked the crap out of him, they gave well, when us Republicans win in November people, the only ones that will have freedom's will be conservative Christians

    August 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Two Puppets

    millionaires have money to take care of their elderly, millionaires don't need social security to get by. These two have no idea what it means to want, or to need, or to struggle with finances... and yet they propose cuts to programs they will never need... sounds out of touch to me.

    August 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. rad666

    Romney makes a crying call for Cryin' Ryan.

    August 11, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Clint

    Smart move Romney, you just lost the Senior Citizens vote.

    August 11, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. chedar888

    WASP! this is ok'd combination surely to loose.

    August 11, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. hypatia

    He picked Wisconsin's Sarah? *eyeroll*

    August 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. once upon a horse

    Romney is in BED with the Ryan plan less known where he stands with it. Just look at how he looks at this guy......there is such a twinkle in his eye it's almost scary.

    August 11, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. pat carr

    "The smallness this man is why I will be voting for Romney/Ryan in 2012."

    then prepare for the "smallness" of the economy (at least the average american's) if they win

    August 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. nunya

    Paul Ryan's dad died when he was 16. Paul Ryan and his family received Government issued social security checks from the government. This helped his family make it through a difficult time. The social safety net helped to give him the opportunity to become the political leader he is today.

    I wonder how often he thinks about this as he works to dismantle programs aimed to help people in need? Does he agree with the President that we are all in this together?

    If he is a self made man, why as young, fit 16 year old man, did he allow his family to receive Government welfare? Was there not a construction job available for the young, able bodied Ryan to support his family, and pull himself up by his bootstraps?

    Just asking?

    August 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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