Romney won't name differences with Ryan on Medicare
August 13th, 2012
06:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney won't name differences with Ryan on Medicare

Miami, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney sidestepped questions Monday about any differences he and Paul Ryan might have on Medicare reform.

"We haven't gone through piece by piece and said 'oh, here's a place where there's a difference,'" Romney told reporters on an airplane tarmac in Miami. "I can't imagine any two people even in the same party who have exactly the same positions on all issues. but my plan for Medicare is very similar to his plan for Medicare."

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Romney's views on the government health care program came under renewed scrutiny after he chose Ryan to be his running mate Saturday. Ryan, the House Budget chairman, authored a Republican budget plan that proposed overhauling the popular entitlement program for the generations younger than 55 who are not yet enrolled.

Democrats have attacked that proposal, saying Ryan - and now by extension, Romney - would dismantle Medicare.

In the past Romney has voiced his support for Ryan's plan, but an internal memo leaked to CNN pointed out to surrogates that Romney's and Ryan's plans differed.

On a visit to Florida Monday, Romney found himself besieged by reporters' questions on the issue. But he would not describe any differences he and Ryan had on the program or whether voters were ready for the kind of overhaul Ryan had suggested.

"I can't tell you about the politics of something like the Medicare issue but I can tell you about the truth," Romney said. "And the truth is we simply cannot simply continue to pretend like a Medicare on track to go bankrupt at some point is acceptable. We must take action to make sure that we can save Medicare for coming generations."

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Filed under: Florida • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Common sense!

    What a dream ticket it has turned out to be (Mitts and Ryan). Obama aka Nebuchadnezzar III and Joe the Ogre are going down down!!

    August 13, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Georgie

    Wow!, ...The GOP has no shame, ...

    August 13, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. Nona

    Medicare won't be around in twelve years the way we are going now.Ryan has a plan that will work.Obama has already cut seniors .Seniors know this they are already having trouble finding Drs who will take them. Obama is betting on voters being stupid.

    August 14, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Marry

    It does wonder what Romney was doing in all these years „preparing“ for his „Presidency“. He surly demonstrates again and again that he cannot (or will not – like with his taxes) give any useful information or answers any questions when ask. He seems not to have given anything much thought (except for how can I and my friends rob the country without “them” noticing”??) and that makes him part of the problem not the answer!
    So, never mind what nonsense they spread, check things out for yourself, check what it will do to the country and to you and your family. Do get involved and then vote a strait DEMOCRAT-TICKET!

    August 14, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  5. Spiraling Agony

    Love. It.
    way to shift focus away from your taxes, Willard..
    ...for now.....

    August 14, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  6. Name Penguin

    Romney has no plan. He doesn't know what is in Ryan's plan. Ryan should be at the top of the ticket. At least Ryan has substance whether you agree with him or not

    August 14, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  7. agragr

    Romney cannot retire retroactively from picking Ryan as his VP. Ryan says his Medicare changes will only apply to those currently under 55, but once younger voters realize they won't be getting full coverage, they will soon demand all seniors be on vouchers. That has been the Republican plan all along. Google "Starve the Beast" to see it.

    August 14, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  8. charlesName

    If this is how romney makes choices we don't need him in control of our country. He and Ryan will make this country all for the rich. They will run the country while the 99% will pay for it all and the elder and poor will starve or die and that's what they want. Cause they see us as a low life or a dead beat to there way of living. We don't need this so called tea party in this country. We are a loving country. We lose that we fall.

    August 14, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  9. kathy/Minnesota

    Did Romney really say, "I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE TRUTH?".......WHEN?

    August 14, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  10. RodinChicago

    He won't name the differences because "Mr. SilverSpoon" doesn't care about this issue that couldn't affect him. He's a stiff-necked, Obama-bashing, spoiled brat who has little to no record of success to run on himself. I'm so sick of him talking about the Olympics...hell, I could have run the Olympics with enough of the right people actually DOING things. And, that's quite different than running a country. If this jack-wagon thinks I'm going to let him make the rich richer, then he's got another thing coming!

    August 14, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
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