Dem group hammers Michigan Republican on Ryan budget
August 16th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
6 years ago

Dem group hammers Michigan Republican on Ryan budget

(CNN) – The group charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives released their first ad hitting a Republican for supporting Paul Ryan's budget plan Thursday, less than a week after the House Budget chairman was named as Mitt Romney's running mate.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the spot hitting Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Michigan, as their first independent expenditure ad of the 2012 cycle.

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"On Medicare, Congressman Benishek's gone fishing - and he's got a whopper," a narrator says in the spot.

He continues, "Benishek's voted to essentially end Medicare. Forcing seniors to pay over six thousand more a year. Congressman Benishek's fishing in troubled waters."

Benishek, a first term Republican, won his seat in the House with 52% of the vote in 2010. He faces Gary McDowell, a former Democratic state representative, in November's election. The Cook Political Report rates the race a "toss up."

Ryan's Budget proposals include the provision that government-approved private insurers would one day compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange. Ryan stipulates that the proposal would not affect Americans over age 55 who are currently enrolled in Medicare. The plan's opponents say that would increase the financial burden on senior citizens.

On his website, Romney says Ryan's Medicare proposal "almost precisely mirrors Mitt's ideas," which include repackaging Medicare spending "as a fixed-amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan."

The battle over Medicare has played a major role on the presidential campaign trail this week, with Romney's campaign releasing a television ad accusing President Barack Obama of cutting spending on Medicare and the Democrats hitting back that Romney and Ryan's plan would make seniors pay more for health benefits.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    At least Paul Ryan had a budget and in order to save the nation, deserves consideration. The Dims haven't submitted a budget in over 1145 days and won't consider even voting up or down on the House budget. The President's "wish list" didn't even receive a single Democrat vote.

    August 16, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. reginaldb6

    Great Job Democrats let the whole party put and keep the Ryan Budget around the necks of the Republicans.

    August 16, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. rla

    Wow do they know how to lie... You know democrats we look at Obamas promises from 08 and what he has accomplished and we really don't see much that would say reelect me again.

    August 16, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Steve

    I guess that it is OK to strip Medicar of 716 billion to pay for other programs, but it is not OK to do something that would preserve it for future recipients. I guess it is an" I want mine now", screw the kids.

    August 16, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. slaythedonkey

    WE should all know by now that some things are financially unsustainable. When will the tax and spend Democrats realize this and do something about it, rather than weaken our nation and spend us into oblivion. Everyone is going to sacriffice some to make our lives financially sustainable for our selves and our children. Why the inertia Democrats? There is some bad news to providde and you have no guts to say it!

    August 16, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. gregory21

    So a person that is 50 and put probably 30 years of tax money to the gov. is going to get screwed.

    August 16, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Ayala the Great!

    More Democratic demonizing! Give us an actual example of how this cost any senior $6K? What is your solution? Do you have one, or you content to wallow in this BS and spend us into the drink, while blaming everyone of the opposite party? If so you are the demon who must be ostracized! Why can you not see this calamity coming? Why do you not have the guts to deal with it? What can you offfer us besides paying your salary for doing nothing!

    August 16, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Will someone please tell me what happened to all the "Compassionate Conservatives" that Dubya touted back in 2000? It appears these days that the only thing Conservatives have in common with Compassion is they are both found in the Dictionary under the letter "C".

    August 16, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. marty

    Six thousand dollars can be a lifetime of savings for some Seniors.

    August 16, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Norma Vessels

    As someone on Medicare, I don't want a change. I want to keep my Medicare as it is .. no vouchers to go find another insurance company that will charge me more money than I'm paying Medicare right now. I can't afford NOT to have Medicare as it is. Leave it alone. The voucher amount will only become less and less in time, and I would be paying more and more. No vouchers.

    August 16, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    (CNN) – The group charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives released their first ad hitting a Republican for supporting Paul Ryan's budget plan Thursday, less than a week after the House Budget chairman was named as Mitt Romney's running mate.
    It's obvious 2012 is not a friendly year for Democrats to try and get reelected when a major part of their strategy is a negative ad based on a blatant lie. Do they not think people will look into these allegations?!?! Just how stupid and incompetent do they assume voters are in 2012?!? Voters can look very objectively at the Ryan Budget which is out in the open for everyone to see and they will find that seniors can keep the existing method of Medicare if that's what they want. What Democrats hate is that seniors would also have an option to accept a defined premium plan that would make providers compete for the Medicare service. Imagine an incentive to improve care and reduce cost. Democrats don't get it.

    August 16, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. M-W-T

    I going with my gut feeling.......There is something very WRONG with this guy!
    I don't TRUST this guy....I don't like this guy......and

    August 16, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Mark Bernadiner

    Paradoxical Quote of The Day From Ben Stein:

    "Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."
    Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

    August 16, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. WiredWeirdinSF

    You mean a state that has such high unemployment, is run by corrupt unions, has its major city bankrupt, and public employee pension funds shoud vote for Obama. Does that make sense? Only if you are a corrupt union boss and a member of the NEA drive by education society. States like Illinois and Michigan deserve exactly what they get.

    August 16, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. ShawnDH

    Thanks Mittens...with your desperate pick of extremist wacko Paul Ryan, the House is now in play for the Democrats, as is the 60+ age group for President Obama. Smooth.

    August 16, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Oh hai!!! Yadda yadda blabba blabba TAX RETURNS blah! Kthxbai!!!

    August 16, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Michael

    Repuglicans call themselves "patriots" and "religious," If Americans want to know how they will lead this country. Look at the last eight years under George Bush! Repuglican hypocrisy like the, evaporation of 1/2 trillion surplus, -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 when President Obama took office!

    August 16, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I had hoped to retire, but if the Mittens team gets elected, we are screwed.

    August 16, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Pete in Guilford

    OK, I'm not 55 or over. I am 54 and have paid into Medicare my entire working life and expect it to be there when I need it just as it has since it's inception. It is NOT an entitlement, unless by entitlement they mean that I am entitled to get what I paid for! How dare Romney and Ryan take this away. I highly doubt that their voucher system would cover the cost of an insurance plan anywhere near as good as what seniors are currently getting with Medicare. Probably wouldn't even be enough to cover ANY private insurance plan.

    August 16, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Anonymous

    The United States can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him president.

    August 16, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Pete

    This Medicare deal is going to kill the delushional duo of Romney,Ryan or who ever its connected to,they know it that's why they're lying thru their teeth to change the subject.Medicare is their only thing they think can save them,but they're wrong it'll be their downfall and everyone on this democratically enacted plan knows it..Say good bye boys after the debates because ya can't hide from your lies on that podium in front of millions can ya,its show time and Romney doesn't have an impressive showing to say of ,does he ,can you say flubbed the primary debates or can ya!!

    August 16, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Fiscal Responsibility? That is what we need. With the Liberal's minding the store (Over the last 75 years) there is no store anymore. Rome has burned to the ground. All we have to show for 75 years of big liberal programs is a 16 Trillion Dollar Debt. A lot of Seniors can very well care of them selves. It's a choice between more red ink and fiscal responsibility. .

    August 16, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. truth hurts

    democrats are really wasting money on their hopeless attempt to regain control of the house for that whack job pelosi. the money would be better spent trying to prevent loss of the senate, but i doubt they can stop that either with a six year record of failure and disaster thanks to harry reid.

    August 16, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |