August 13th, 2012
09:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan bought into Romney Medicare stance, Sununu says

(CNN) - A top adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is on the backburner now that he is Romney's running mate.

"The plan that this ticket will be supporting is the Romney plan, and the Romney plan has slight differences with the Ryan plan," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a high profile Romney surrogate, told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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"Romney's positions become Ryan's (positions)," Sununu said.

Ryan's new spot as Romney's vice presidential candidate has brought renewed scrutiny to both Republicans' Medicare proposals.

At a press conference in Miami on Monday afternoon, Romney declined to say where their differences lie.

"We haven't gone through piece by piece and said 'oh, here's a place where there's a difference,' " Romney said. "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."

Sununu told CNN: "The principle difference is not only does the Romney plan guarantee that anyone 55 and older will not have their Medicare touched, but it provides some options for them, for those under 55 that are slightly different."

He did not go into what those options would be.

Sununu insisted that Romney and Ryan "don't disagree" on the Medicare issue.

Asked if that meant Ryan was "abandoning" his own plan, Sununu replied: "He didn't abandon it - you have a top of the ticket. The top of the ticket is running for president. Presidents make decisions."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Sununu is Romney's surrogate liar. He's helping Romney with the latest Etch-A-Sketch moment in trying to pretend Ryan isn't a radical, right-wing lap-dog for the ultra-wealthy. Sununu is the model of a slimy politician.

    I'm sure Sununu has an explanation why neither Romney nor Ryan will trust Americans with a look at their tax returns. They of course want us to trust them not to trash Medicare and Sicdial Security – even though Ryan's plan is designed to do exactly that!

    August 13, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"The plan that this ticket will be supporting is the Romney plan, and the Romney plan has slight differences with the Ryan plan,"◄

    OMG – Let the "Etch-A-Sketching begin!!! Romney already embraced Ryan's plan!! If Romney is telling the truth NOW about his plan is different – then what would he FLIP-FLOP, lie and say later if he is ever elected?? You cannot trust Romney.

    We were anxious to find out where Romney stood because he flipped so much – But now since he put Ryan on the ticket – we still do not know where Romney stands – Romney blends in with the crowd wherever he is standing at that moment and has NO MIND of his own... PERIOD!

    Wake up America!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 13, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. mb

    So the GOP wants to change entitlements, and not raise taxes. Well first off I pay taxes that are supposed to go straight to SS and Medicare, so yes I'm entitled to get something from them. 2nd off, if the GOP doeant want to raise taxes, when they change the way they are wanting to change entitlements aren't they raising taxes, just not politically I guess. So let's go ahaead and raise taxes on the 1% as well as the middle class. Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. g

    Go fool your own party Mr. sununu

    August 13, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Kenny K

    Sununu should then tell the GOP in Congress to withdraw the Ryan plan they had already passed. It has already been passed; you cannot put it in backburner. Or GOP don't like it anymore?

    August 13, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Sununu sadly lacks credibility after already saying Romney endorsed Ryan's disastrous plan.

    Sununu's own words:
    “Mitt Romney supports what Paul Ryan did. He endorsed what Paul Ryan did."

    August 13, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Yonni

    But...but... but Mitten was saying there is no difference between Ryan’s and his plan as early as this afternoon. He couldn’t tale a single difference when he was asked. I am feeling dizzy with his flip-flapping. I will not going to register this as a fact for a while; I will be better of waiting a little while longer for the next explanation.

    August 13, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Runnin' scared. Runnin' on empty.

    August 13, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. drake mallard

    cuban medicare fraud and marco rubio is silent about

    South Florida is known as the capital of Medicare fraud,

    Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking system In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money laundering scheme that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.

    I want to protect Medicare. I want to save it," Rubio told CNN.
    "It's going bankrupt. And so the only way to save it is to come up
    with a solution that allows our parents and our grandparents to see
    absolutely no changes to their Medicare," Rubio added.

    what a joke

    August 13, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Gov. John Sununu very sincere surrogate Romney he is doing very hard job defending RR lies

    August 13, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Pete

    Yah,Romneys advisors like every republican out there is standing clear of Ryans radioactive plan,its suicide if you publicly endorse it.Then you have that washed up exgovernor Sununu,what a big mouth slob,all hot air that's why he's an ex,isn't he!!But ya know what,Romney doesn't have any ideas yet,he's just wingin it hoping someone will help out and solve his big political problems,like he had at Bain,brains!!Romney still hasn't got anything and will go into the debates this way as well,what plans,he don't need no stinkin plans,he's lost and so is his campaign,plain and simple!!Ryan,his Ayn Rand diciple has plans to gut everything if possible except the 1% ers,he's cutting their top rate hoping for a Reaganistic trickle down your neck miracle in economics for that 12 million jobs,remember that guys that's 250,000 a month for 4 years ,boy are you guys delushional.Is China and other foriegn countries companies coming home ,big surprise ,they're gone and so is their employees jobs smart guys,there ya go again that foot and mouth disease going strong,only can republicans in their infinite ignorence get away with such crap,right!!!Can't wait to the debates if Romney even shows up,he's done that before hasn't he, the bully getting bullied ,that's different!!

    August 13, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Nametimothy

    Sununu, another Giant of the grand old party.

    August 13, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Jack

    Yes indeed. I can see why the Republicans including Romney and Ryan are running from Ryan's medicare plan. At some point (probably next week), Romney will release his tax returns just to shift the focus away from picking Ryan as a running mate. Not only has Romney blown his chances of winning the Presidency, he has also put the house majority into play. As a Democrat I say thanks Mitt, thank you.

    August 13, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Sununu you stole tax payers money. We want it back. Release the tax returns.

    August 13, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Petty

    The main reason why Romney picked Ryan is because, he does not have plan or budget to work on. Therefore he was looking for already prepared plan either he agrees with it and not and he found Ryan's budget.

    Therefore, we can conclude that Ryan's budget is Romney budget.

    August 13, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. packerfans

    Vote Mitt/Ryan can save America!!

    August 13, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  17. BBear

    Romney keeps hammering the fact that Mr. Obama cut $700 billion from medicare. He also said Ryan's medicare plan was "absollutely right on". Would someone please tell Willard that Ryan's medicate also cuts $;700 billion from medicare. Of course, he knows that. He just thinks we are all really stupid.

    August 14, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  18. Terry Stuart

    The Republicans think that they can do or say anything they want to and it will be done. Not so. We are on a crossroads. President Obama wants what is right for Americans. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to take away everything we need to live, homes, jobs, clean air, clean water, oil drilling which will cause health problems for people nearby the rigs, destroying our national parks in order to drill for oil, giving the wealthiest citizens more tax breaks, not producing jobs here, taking away food for children, yes, you heard it correctly. They want to take away Health Care, Social Security, we have to pay higher taxes to support the millions of dollars that Mitt Romney has and the wealthiest Americans have, cutting the cost of education for young people to go to college, and much more. Republicans are trying to destroy our people and our country, do away with religious beliefs, making it harder for people who need hospital care, taking Social Security and Food Stamps away, taking away our Constitutional right to vote, and other freedom and rights that we have. If Romney and Ryan get in as President and Vice President we might as well tell the United States goodbye because it won't be like it used to be. During Obama's Inauguration ceremonies Republicans were planning how to make President Obama's job harder than it should be and to make him a 1 term President. We have some wicked people governing our country. They want what they want and they don't care about anyone else. They have turned their backs on the American people, who they are supposed to represent. They don't like it that President Obama is an African American. What does that have to do with him? There is coming a day when wrong will be made right and those who committed wrong will have to answer to God for what they did. Republicans need to think before they speak and act because God is angry with them. "What you have done unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto Me, " the Bible says.

    August 14, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  19. enuff

    See, if Romney adopts Ryans plan and it succeeds, he can take credit for it since has not intrduced a single plan of his own an ANYTHING! the opposite of that holds true also. If Ryan plan fails, then Romney can disavow it, and blame Ryan for it tanking.

    August 14, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |