August 15th, 2012
10:59 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign tries to take Medicare away from Obama

Washington (CNN) - The fight to define Paul Ryan is getting more heated by the day. But days after defending against an offensive against his running mate, Mitt Romney's campaign appears to be mounting a counteroffensive.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a full frontal assault on the House Budget Committee chairman almost immediately after Republican challenger Mitt Romney named the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin as his running mate Saturday morning.


Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
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  1. B.

    I can’t wait for the Debates this Fall and watch Romney attempt to lie his way out of past comments defending his legacy of secrecy and falsehoods. The etch a sketch moniker is not without reason, he is not to be trusted.

    No Credibility whatsoever !

    August 15, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Mr. Romney – Your plan is Mr. Ryan`s plan.

    This means that your plan is to take money from seniors [by locking in an ever decreasing dollar figure] and GIVE that money to the 1%-ers.

    If you have a different plan, I`d love to see it.

    August 15, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. rs

    Why is you Romney apologisers cannot comprehend the money "taken" from Medicare DID NOT come from benefits, and ergo have no impact on users? Why can't you admit Mr. Ryan calls for the exact same thing? The odd thing is that Mr. Ryan's attempts to privatize SS and Medicare are more than a decade old- everyone knows he won't be happy until the social safety net is completely gone. That is something you won't discuss.
    Meanwhile, he is still peddling his federal "fertilized egg having more rights than women" law- one too radical to be passed in any state it has been voted on so far.
    This guy is so far out on the fringe, and so lacking in morals I am amazed you sheep can consider voting for him–all the while saying Mr. Obams somehow isn't standing up for America- crazy talk.

    August 15, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. ttt

    Mit the chameloen. Am so sorry for the GOP!

    August 15, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Pres. Obama's plan saves Medicare by eliminating unnecessary billions in subsidies that we're overcharged by insurance companies.

    Romney/Ryan takes the very same $700 billion and makes it worse by charging seniors another $6,000 per year to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Reprehensible and hypocritical campaign.

    August 15, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Gotta Be Kiddin

    @truth hurts

    Do you actually ever read anything or do you just listen to Republican talking points? It would probably do you some good to actually read what the ACA does with Medicare and what the Ryan plan does with Medicare. Or better yet, go ask some seniors who now receive free annual exams, free cancer screenings, pay less for prescriptions, etc. That's what the President with the $716 billion that he "gutted" from Medicare. Maybe you don't want something that the government has made you pay for your entire working life, but I don't want a voucher when I turn 55.

    August 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Romneys campaign is nothing but hate and fear and doom and gloom. NO thanks romney

    August 15, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    truth hurts

    >Lynda/Minnesota – "The ACA extends the life of Medicare by 8 years, giving us time to make further adjustments.

    What quarrelsome man you are, to be sure. I am not going to waste my time arguing your talking points, because quite frankly, it's a useless endeavor. The fact is, ACA will be implemented, and thank goodness. Will the numbers be higher than orginally estimated ... probably. They always are. Our entire budget has always been based on nothing but estimates. The United States goverment has been an ongoing experiment for well over 200 years now. I suspect it'll remain so for another 200 years.

    Fact of the matter remains that Paul Ryan submitted a budget which passed the Republican controlled House twice and that, if ever signed into actual law, will eliminate Medicare completely.

    I'll leave it up to the voters to decide which plan they approve.

    August 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. ltnet356

    Obama care cuts 716B with death panels and then uses the money to cover the people who never contribute. Ryan's plan keep the money for medicare so it will still be here in 10 years.

    It sure would be great if the Obama "blog army" could tell the truth rather than sounding like a made Axlerod.

    Leadership is more than killing your enemy.

    August 15, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. B.

    Romney is having to spend most of his time now trying tp back-away from details concerning Healthcare because that is on most peoples minds and it will continue.

    When most Americans understand what Ryan is all about, the Republican’s GAME will be over and done if it isn’t already.

    August 15, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Jersey Girl

    @Marty, FL:
    "Pres. Obama's plan saves Medicare by eliminating unnecessary billions in subsidies that we're overcharged by insurance companies."
    You are right, and it takes place over 10 years but the Repub lie and says it is robbing Medicare! Unbelievable!
    Below is what a non-profit think tank (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) wrote back in MARCH of this year (I cut & pasted): “The new Ryan budget is a remarkable document — one that, for most of the past half-century, would have been outside the bounds of mainstream discussion due to its extreme nature. In essence, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse — on steroids. It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly in the nation’s history).”
    Folks, time to get nervous...and time to block the Vulture/Voucher team from stepping anywhere near the WH!

    August 15, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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