Romney won't name differences with Ryan on Medicare
August 13th, 2012
06:27 PM ET
11 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. Yonni

    Poor Mitten, he must have told to accept Ryan’s Medicare plan as his own by his sponsors. Mitt cannot refuse his Billionaire Bosses.

    August 13, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    Romney sidestepping a question? Say it ain't so!

    August 13, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Jane

    I can only come up with three theories on why Mitt Romney is clinically incapable of answering a question: 1) Asbergers Syndrome (he possesses a majority of the symptoms) 2) damage from that car accident (definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed) or maybe 3) just your garden variety sociopath who doesn't give a rat's patoot for anything not included in his privileged little social bubble.

    August 13, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Stop Romney/Ryan, the Ryan Budget Plan is no more than a "Holocaust" on the most vunerable Americans and if we accept it he will also do away with all safety nets like social security and others. We did nothing to stop the Holocaust against the Jewish people but we can stop this Holocaust against Americans.

    August 13, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. labman57

    How can he. There's no THERE there.

    August 13, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. 4merRepubCT

    Romney continues to stonewall – or can it possibly be true that he simply doesn't have a plan for anything?

    And we're still waiting on the tax returns.

    August 13, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |

    "Romney won't name differences with Ryan on Medicare"
    soo...he won't release his taxes AND he won't talk about where he disagrees with his running mate....and it's HIS running mate? What? are they afraid they will have an argument and this bromance will be done and over with?

    August 13, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |

    Paul Ryan is not a deficit hawk, and he’s not a “serious budget cutter.” He’s a fake

    August 13, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. rs

    Hint: There are no differences between Mr. Roney's "plan" and Mr. Ryan's. That is why Mr. Ryan is on the ticket. When Mr. Romney says: "I can tell you about the truth" watch out! There is a whopper on the way-and right now it goes: "we have to kill Medicare to save it". To Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan it is far, far more important that the rich get ever bigger tax cuts, and it doesn't matter who goes into poverty, or loses their health care (talk about Death Panels!) to make that happen.
    That my friends is the new Republican legacy.

    August 13, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. SafeJourney

    of course not, because now he OWNS them by picking Ryan

    August 13, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. Jon

    As we think of what is important going forward as Presidential candidates ... let snot forget a few things

    – Obama has raised more money than anyone in the history of running for President!!!
    - Obama is a multi millionaire too ... and he did not pay more taxes than Romney.
    – Obama's record and his actions speak for themself:
    – He promised to lower the deficit by 50% in his first term – DID NOT DO
    – He told us that Obamacare was not a tax – NOT TRUE
    – He told us that his adminstration would be the most Tranparent ever – NOT TRUE – example Fast and Fourious
    – He told us that by passing his stimulas package unemployment would be below 6% – NOT TRUE
    We could go on and on about Obama's actions ... But remember this, even though Obama said there are 57 States in the United States of America – it still is NOT TRUE

    Dont forget that Obama has done more too:
    – Obama was President when the US credit approval was lowered – a first of the USA
    – Obama's deficit spending for the first 3 years in office is more than, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush combined.

    On the other hand:
    – Romney has outlined his plan for economic recovery
    – Romney has created thousands of jobs in his life time
    – Romney did save the US Olympics and took it from a $400 million deficit to $100 million escrow to maintain the facilities
    – Ryan is the only person running this year that has submitted a budget that got a single vote from Congress
    – Romney and Ryan understand that deficit spending is not the future for America

    August 13, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. blue19

    Of course he won't. Romeny refuse to answer questions or provide details on any of his intentions other than to sey he doesn't like what's in place now. Says he'll eliminate the Affordable Card Act and fix health care but won't say how. Says he'll reign in the budget and other than giving tax breaks to the wealthy (which has the opposite effect) he won't say how. Won't say what programs will be cut and by how much. Says he will nix the Dodd Frank law but doesn't address how to prevent the crooks on wall street from running the economy into the ground. Barkleys, JP Morgan and HSBC have proven that these folks can't be trusted.

    August 13, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. sayer

    We are all mushrooms to Mitt. Kept in the dark and fed BS. KMA, Mitt.

    August 13, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. edog

    Of course Romney won't talk specifics! It's because he has no vision, no plan, no nothing. He is so blank and empty, he had to pick a VP candidate that actually has a plan and call it his own. I don't agree with anything Paul Ryan has to say, and I don't think his policies are good for America, but Romney had to adopt a vision and now he has.

    Romney is the definition of an empty suit!!!

    I never understood why Republicans called Obama an empty suit on one hand and then rail against his policies on the other hand. You can have it both ways. Either he is an empty suit with no ideas, no plans and no policies, or he has a vision.

    August 13, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. California Gary

    I'm guessing that Romney doesn't even know what Ryan's position is on Medicare......probably hasn't read his plan......was just told that if he wants the support of the right wing, he has to endorse the plan. So he stands up there with a smile and says "I support it"..........what a phoney.

    August 13, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Of course Mittens won't name differences – there are none! Ed Gillespie, a top Mittens advisor and former counselor to GW Bush, said this to Candy Crowley on CNN yesterday (Aug. 12, 2012):

    "Well, as Governor Romney has made clear, if the Romney - sorry, if the Ryan budget had come to his desk as president, he would have signed it, of course."

    And yet the GOP is lying to people, saying that Mittens doesn't "really" support the terrible Ryan plan that would cut spending for the most vulnerable to pay for more tax cuts for the rich.

    Don't these GOP yahoos know that everything they say is recorded?!?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 13, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sad when the "leader" lapses into quoting useless platitudes designated as surrogate talking points.

    Such and empty Brooks Brothers suit!

    August 13, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Democrats have attacked that proposal, saying Ryan – and now by extension, Romney – would dismantle Medicare.
    Which of course everyone now knows is exactly wrong. In Ryan's current bipartisan plan seniors would get to choose either the existing system or the modified system. So pretty much by definition there is no issue. Seniors have another choice. What could possibly be wrong with that? And probably more seniors will realize the modified plan works better for them even though it also more cost effective care. ...and what again is the Democrat's plan? That's right. Run out of funding and let someone else worry about it. They don't really care much about seniors health care, not enough to manage it.

    August 13, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. myviewis

    It is Governor Romney up for the job of president, it is his idea that matters more. That would be like thinking that Obama does as Biden tells him to do.

    August 13, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. stew

    Why can't they just buy their own Banana Republic, leave the USA as you believe in your own Kingdom.

    August 13, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    He has BIIIIIIGGGGGG plans - but he doesn't know yet what they are. He's waiting for Norquist to finalize them (after the election that he loses).

    August 13, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. turnkey franchise new owner

    Hey mitt you side step questions at the debates next month you be fine just put your hand over your month and mumbling
    in audible words like mumble mumble I Dodge mumble mumble returns its ok its called covert distracting G-13 classifieds mumble mumble talks

    August 13, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Translation: Let me see if I'm for it before I'm against it.

    August 13, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Orwell sees it, again & again

    There are no differences.

    Ryan will tell you what to say and what your policies will be, when you need to know.

    Keep to your script Bishop Wingnut.

    August 13, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Bugl3t

    Really? You don't know? I guess these guys wouldn't know the truth if it bit them on the.... well, you know where. It's astonishing that the media lets these guys get away without answering questions as simple as how their key policy ideas differ. ESPECIALLY since everyone except the top 1% will be the ones taking the hit if these two lackeys of corporate america somehow manage to get elected either through sheer $$ or just rigging things state by state so that the other 99% (particularly in urban areas) cannot vote.

    August 13, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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