August 15th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama continues Medicare barrage

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) – Continuing an increasingly heated campaign exchange on the topic of Medicare, President Obama defended his record here on Wednesday against attacks from his Republican rivals that he has cut benefits to seniors.

Linking the reforms included in Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s congressional budget proposal with Mitt Romney’s campaign platform, Obama argued that they’re attacking his plan because they don’t want to sell their own.


Filed under: Iowa • Medicare • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "an idea formerly proposed by Ryan but not specifically endorsed in Romney’s campaign platform. "

    nd it's not there because the MSM will, as CNN just did, carry Mittens' water for him on the issue by helping him sell the idea that it's not what he's running on despite having literally said he would sign Ryan's budget. You reallly going to help Mittens flip flop on the issue in order to try to keep the race tight and sensational CNN? Pathetic.

    August 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As it was explained to me: Democracy is a sturdy tree with many strong branches and the American people make up the leaves. It is the tea baggers, teavangelicals, birthers, bigots, right wingnuts, and GOP who think they can survive, as leaves, without the tree.

    August 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens, the sock puppet, has spent his entire 6 year run for president lying to the American people. Evidently, Mormons are allowed to lie to those who are not Mormon.

    August 15, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Why would any believe Romney when he has no specifics on anything? The Romney/Ryan budget will trash Medicare and the Etch-A-Sketch can't erase that fact! They bragged about it during the primary election!

    August 15, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Logic N LA

    Keep it up Barack- they don't have a leg to stand on in this debate. Their twisted facts will only work on their base..

    August 15, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. California

    Obamacare already destroyed Medicare when it took $741 Billion from it.

    Thanks Obama, for less than nothing.

    August 15, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Obamacare already destroyed Medicare when it took $741 Billion from it."

    Except it didn't. Inconvenient fact for you, eh?

    August 15, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Obama's "KILL AMERICA" Campaign.

    Why are democrats so destructive to America?

    August 15, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. California

    Poor Hussein Obama, Hatred is all he has left now.

    August 15, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012

    Pres.Obama is right he strengthen Medicare. Where are all those outrage Senior Citizens protesting at President Obama campaign stops? My mom has lower prescription drugs and got a $250 rebate check, plus get free check up care.
    Nuff said, Vote Obama 2012!

    August 15, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. hate from the left but mostly lies

    Voucher systems do work. For those of you who don't know what they are, I will explain it. Instead of giving you a doctor and wishing you luck, the government gives you your share of the taxes collected for Medicaid and lets you spend the money as you wish. Any money you save you get to keep. It helps the government not spend as much money by spending extra money on people we don't have. Sounds terrible, doesn't it?

    August 15, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Califirnia
    Not true , Seniors got check form insurance company and they are happy with Obama care

    August 15, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. michaelam

    The GOP/Tealiban has nothing left except, lies, fear, and twisted logic!
    We have your back, Mr. President.

    August 15, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. anotherGDlefty

    Obama's "KILL AMERICA" Campaign.
    Why are democrats so destructive to America?

    Because Fox News says so dopey.

    August 15, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Obamacare already destroyed Medicare when it took $741 Billion from it.

    Thanks Obama, for less than nothing."

    LIE ALERT! LIE ALERT! (red lights flashing)

    "Obama's "KILL AMERICA" Campaign.
    Why are democrats so destructive to America?"

    Didn't realize America was being destroyed and all, with the record profits being gained by most banks and oil companies and companies like Apple Inc. But hey, don't let the tin foil hat choke too much of the oxygen your brain needs....

    August 15, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Slightly Left of Center

    Bring on the debates!!! I'm stocking up on peanuts and popcorn.

    August 15, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. ron

    LOL. Go ahead. Support Romney Hood's plan. You'd just better make sure your parents/grandparents have $6500 to pay for their healthcare (or you have it)!! LOL Don't be such smucks.... Your parents'/grandparents' quality of live depends on you getting this one right!

    August 15, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Sniffit- The correct amount is actually $715 Billion. WE Seniors know that the GOP won't destroy Medicare; Obama has already gutted it to support Obamacare!

    August 15, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. Larry L


    Obamacare already destroyed Medicare when it took $741 Billion from it.
    When fact-checked this one got a "pants on fire" for dishonesty. I've noticed you're never restrained by integrity or restricted to facts. Romney will create vouchers which would have a similar result as the Bush prescription drug program – a gift to the industry on the backs of Senior Citizens.

    August 15, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Obama's "KILL AMERICA" Campaign.

    Why are democrats so destructive to America?
    Did Democrats filibuster over 100 times to block all progress in the Senate? Did Democrats play hostage-taking with the debt ceiling so long America got it's bond rating lowered? Did Democrats start a war with false intelligence that cost 4,500 Servicemembers their life – then give Halliburton sweetheart deals to profit from the war? Remember the "forgotten President – George Bush"? It was a Republican administration that caused the recession and Republicans obstructing all progress to recover! Turn off Fox News and think!

    August 15, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. DAVID

    "WHY ARE DEMOCRATS SO DESTRUCTIVE TO AMERICA" really! are you that blind that you think democrats out sourced american jobs! do you think democrats cooked the wall street books causing the biggest down turn in the economy in 80 years. do you think the democrats stagnated middleclass wages for 25 years? do you really think that democrats would damage social security by stealing money from medicare? have you been asleep for your whole life? i got to say your comment is so bad it makesa me laugh!

    August 16, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  22. Darrell

    California...Facts will help others believe what you state. Ignorance turns people away from your statements. Do you see the difference?

    Obama's "KILL AMERICA" Campaign....Yet, how many wars did GWB start? Which political party gave the US the Great Depression and the Recession? Answers to both questions: Republican Party.

    August 16, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  23. ibsode

    It seems like some people are not informed and just listen to what the candidates say on the campaigns or the ads.
    It was clearly checked that Mitt Romney Claim that obama cutted $720 billions in medicare was a pure lie.
    There were lot of interviews that all supporters of Romney were not able to defend him on that claim.
    The sad part is even though Romney kmows that he lied, he keep lying to the Americans people.
    It seems like Romney thinks that all voters are like Republicans who you can buy with money and lies.
    Romney cannot be trusted and the proof is that his rating is going down everyday.
    I would prefer that Ryan to be the nominee.
    But it may be too late. The Republicans know that Mitt Romney will never become the President of the USA.
    By refusing to release more than 10 years of his taxes return, because he thinks that voters are not smart enough to read through his taxes, Mitt Romney reinforce that he cannot be trusted.
    Nobody of Mitt Romney ca say when he would balance his budget. Moreover, nobody can tell you what is Romney plan in details. Today he agree with Ryan plan and he will sign it if it is put on the table, tomorrow he is not adopting Ryan plan and he has his own plan that even his senior adviser and Ryan don't know .
    He thought by choosing Ryan, voters will forget about his taxes returns, his gaffes abroad during his crazy trip, his flips flops, he is a liar anyway.

    Republican better choose another candidate, Romney will not win for sure

    August 16, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |