August 12th, 2012
11:56 AM ET
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Republicans say Ryan's Medicare plan not a deal breaker for seniors

(CNN) - Republicans heralding their party's vice presidential candidate said Sunday that Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed overhaul of Medicare would be a boon to their chances in November, rather than a liability – though they quickly pointed out Mitt Romney would advance his own budget policy as president.

"It is the Romney-Ryan ticket, and as president, Romney will be putting forth his own budget," Senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Gillespie's statement affirms a set of Republican talking points obtained by CNN Saturday, which guided surrogates for Romney to point out that the top name on the ticket would be offering his own budget plan if elected president.

Ryan's plan, which Democrats claim would effectively end Medicare, was first advanced in 2011. His proposals include the provision that Medicare-approved private insurers would one day compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange. The plan's opponents say that would increase the financial burden on senior citizens.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis raised that point of the latest Ryan budget, issued this spring - but did not make a forecast.

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Gillespie on Sunday did not say that Romney opposed Ryan's plan, and said if he were president and the Ryan plan was presented as the nation's budget, he would sign it.

"One of the reasons that he chose Congressman Ryan is his willingness to put forward innovative solutions in the budget," Gillespie told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, also appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," said voters needed to be educated about Ryan's plan, admitting it would be a "challenge" to overcome perceptions that the House GOP budget unfairly cuts government services.

"I think that you always have the challenge when you are explaining something like that to be able to help people out there, the American public, understand, educate them on what is at stake," Thune said. "I think that the biggest risk for the country is doing nothing. That is what ends Medicare as we know it. That is doing nothing. You have to have a plan to fix it."

Paul Ryan, Thune said, had at least had proposed some solution to a ballooning federal debt.

"I think that Paul Ryan, to his credit, whether you like it or not, has come up with a plan that puts Medicare on a more sustainable fiscal path going forward," Thune said.

Asked Sunday if Ryan's absence from Romney's bus trip in Florida – a state a large population of seniors - was because of the changes to Medicare in his proposed budget plan, campaign adviser Kevin Madden said splitting the two candidates was more about spreading resources than avoiding tough questions from Florida's large senior population.

"This has more to do with expanding our bandwidth," Madden said. "Gov. Romney is going to be talking about the issues that are important to Floridians."

CNN's Lex Haris contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • John Thune • Kevin Madden
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "It is the Romney-Ryan ticket, and as president, Romney will be putting forth his own budget," Senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Already throwing Ryan off the bus, TeamRomney? That didn't take long.
    Guess Romney was for Paul Ryan before he was against him .

    Romney/Ryan aka Flip/Flop

    August 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. King

    hey repubs remembered you guys voted for Ryan plan to send the middle-class and poor to the poor house, and sending their money to the rich and powerful, at the same time claiming how brave the plan was. hey every one can pick on the weak and helpless, but it take a real leader to stand up to the rich and powerful, obama/biden 2012.

    August 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. rs

    Mr. Romney's choice of Mr. Ryan (and his Grinch-like plan). Means we know for sure where a Romney/Ryan Administration will attempt tp take America- We're looking at a pre-FDR America where the elderly lived in abject pst-work poverty; where the sick die (talk about "Death Panels") without the ACA, and; the middle class joins the ranks or the growing poor. The American worker has alreadly for the most part lost employer-based retirement, or health care plans; a shift to lower wages, lacking union representation.
    Romney/Ryan will be all about taking from the majority of Americans so that the "temporary" Bush tax cuts for the rich will continue and grow.
    Sure- kick Americans to the curb so the rich get obscene tax cuts. Oh, the deficit- it will still grow.

    Way too radical, not at all moral. Not buying.

    August 12, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. g

    romney ,one,two,or three.a new romney every week

    August 12, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Paul Ryan plan will make difficult to seniors

    What Paul Ryan believe is Seniors are wasting the nation money and lives of those who have to care for senior

    August 12, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Romney will be working hard to distract senior citizens from the Ryan budget plan, which Romney supports. That plan will kill Medicare and Social Security. Those are programs hated by the ultra-rich supporting Romney's campaign and they plan to hand both programs over as a gift to their Wall Street buddies.

    August 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Any senior citizen who needs Social Security or Medicare is an absolute fool to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket!

    August 12, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Paulcat

    .......and the seniors in Florida are all for the Ryan Budget Plan. All I can say is: Bye, Bye Seniors.

    August 12, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Unless you have dementia it IS detrimental to seniors. Then again, if social security is privatize and follows the stock market like browman's wants to do there will be hordes of seniors committing suicide or dying of hunger without a roof over their heads.

    August 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. paul

    America's choice: If you want a voucher system for medicare, social security turned over to wall st., more tax for the middle class and less tax for the weathly, repeal of healthcare act with nothing but talk to replace it, less regulation for companies that pollute air and water, and a general philosophy of everything belongs to the rich; then looks like you have found your men.

    August 12, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. mark

    So Ryan isn't allowed in Florida....nice...

    August 12, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Grandpa and Grandma you have pawn your Medicare and social security to pay Romney’s tax break

    August 12, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Hoosier2012

    Mittens will put out his own plan...really!!! When will that be along with all other plans which he has promised? Just another empty drum beat from Mittens and company. BTW, when will you be released more of your tax returns Mittens?

    August 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. myviewis

    Senior Citizens have not seen a Cost-of Living increase in 3 years because Obama didn't do it. There is a very good article in Huffington Post in regards to senior citizens complaining and Nancy Pelosi is pushing before the November elections to get some money to senior citizens. As for Medicare it is Obama taking $500 billion dollars from Medicare to fund Obamacare.

    August 12, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Joe David

    If you believe What Romney/Ryan SPEWS, then I have a seaside lot in Arizonia I want to sell you

    August 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Peace

    We all know that Romney has picked Ryan because of his plan. He once called it "Marvelous". How come now is trying to fool us around. With this character of not sticking on what he says, make people to dislike him.

    August 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. myviewis

    vic , nashville ,tn

    Grandpa and Grandma you have pawn your Medicare and social security to pay Romney’s tax break
    --------------------–

    Read the Huffington Post article that states that Senior Citizens have not received a Cost-of-Living in 3 years while gas, food, rent, etc...have been going up in price and many Senior Citizens don't have the cash to pay for their medicines. Obama did not give them an increase and he did have a Democrat Congress for 2 years, republicans have been in congress less than 1 year.

    August 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. B.

    Say By-By to SS and Medicare,& Medicaid if these two clowns take over!..

    August 12, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    the Catholic bishops called the Ryan plan.."immoral" and they are basically a conservative group. Please explain that to me.

    August 12, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. cigarman

    If these two clowns get elected, the Middle Class and the poor will be paying a lot more for healthcare while the super rich will get tax breaks. Anyone who votes for any Republican cannot be very smart. Romney and this other idiot that is running with him will be only for the Rich, not your everyday American. The Republicans had better hurry up and get there WAR started with Iran, or the whole country of Iran could be hit with earthquakes before any Republican can KILL an Iranian.

    August 12, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Pander Bear

    Mitt's already flip-flopping on his on VP choice less than 24 hours after choosing him.

    Vulture / Voucher 2012

    August 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. w l jones

    After only one day it appears the Rep. going to have a reverse role at head. Bless.

    August 12, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Darryl

    Social Security & Medicare does Not belong in the hands of Wallstreet period. Romney & Ryan ? Never !

    August 12, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Jilleranda

    Romney has a budget? I've heard that before, but still waiting to see it, just like his tax returns.

    August 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. vicki in alabama

    At least these guys are upfront about what they think needs to be done. They are NOT getting rid of Medicare or Social Security. They are trying to save it. Obama thinks that once you're old you need to die because you're too expensive. I
    am 58 years old so I do follow closely on this subject. Obama will not be our last black president. His policies are not in Americans best interest. I voted for Obama but he is not what I thought he was.

    August 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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