Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'
Pictured: Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter
August 29th, 2012
05:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - On the day of Rep. Paul Ryan's big primetime speech at the Republican National Convention, Democrats sought to portray Ryan's trademark budget blueprint as bad policy and to link the Ryan plan to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"What it is, is a U-turn," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Wednesday at news conference, "a hard right, U-turn back to the failed Bush, trickle-down economic policies."

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In particular, sounding familiar Democratic talking points about Ryan's plan, Van Hollen took issue with Ryan's policies on tax cuts for wealthier taxpayers, changing the Medicare program, repealing the Democratic health care bill, and scaling back investments in things like education and infrastructure.

Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett echoed Van Hollen. "What has happened with this decision – by Mitt Romney to choose Paul Ryan – has crystallized the debate," Barrett said, "And it has allowed Americans to see what the roadmap is for Republicans in this country." Barrett's remark was a clear reference to Ryan budget blueprint which is entitled "A Roadmap for America's Future."

"The roadmap is a U-turn as to what they are claiming to do if they are elected," Barrett added.

Barrett also damned Ryan with faint praise. Ryan "is a very articulate spokesman for a failed economic policy," the Democratic mayor said.

In a recent interview, Ryan said he was "excited" for a campaign about the federal budget. In the same interview Ryan also said, "The Romney-Ryan plan for a stronger middle class is about offering solutions to get us back on track, create jobs, balance the budget, get people back to work" and "that Medicare is "absolutely" a winning issue for Republicans, "because we're the ones who are offering a plan to save Medicare, to protect Medicare, to strengthen Medicare."

The Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign have set up a war room in Tampa this week as Republicans are meeting to nominate Romney and Ryan as their presidential ticket.

Asked about the Democratic counter-convention efforts, Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said Democrats intend to be aggressive as the general election phase of the presidential campaign begins in earnest.

After noting that there are roughly 70 days left until Election Day, Cutter said "we're not going to cede any one of them – and we are going to be aggressive about telling the story of this administration."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Timmeh

    It'll be a nice change from the historic "left turns" that we've been subject to for the past 3 1/2 years – you know, record debt and deficits. Also their tax, tax, tax spend, spend, spend plan of the Dems!

    August 29, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Yonni

    Don't forget Ayn Rand, very cold hearted objectivist. Ryan is a product of her school of thought.

    August 29, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Ryan/Romney simply lie and attempt to confused people about the $716 billion in Medicare savings that the ACA achieved. But the facts don't lie and the truth should be reported.

    On July 24, the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Congress overturned the law, “spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period.”

    Ryan claims this is Obama robbing from Medicare??? That's false. Would they really lie like that? You be the judge:

    Forbes: “Obamacare will reduce Medicare spending by $716 billion between 2013 and 2022.”

    August 29, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. rs

    Mr. Ryan simply needs to understand that every dollar they wissh to give to some deserving millionaire is one dollar less that we have to pay down the debt and defict. Tax cuts aren't free, THEY COST MONEY. What this says is that Republicans are not serious about the U.S. Debt problem as long as they try to support not only maintaining the "temporary" Bush tax cuts for the very rich (remember- they were only to last through 2003!), but their insane proposal to give the top income earners ANOTHER 10% cut, and they cut Medicare and Social Security because of those cuts.

    Sorry guys, we can't afford those rich people and their tax cuts anymore!

    August 29, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. crush

    Medicaid pays for half the nursing home costs in this country. The cuts he proposes will chop that in half. (Des Moines Register) What will happen to all these low/middle income seniors?

    August 29, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Chipster

    First of all, I would say that you are correct: Democrats tax and spend. Guess what? Taxes are the way that our founders designed our government to be funded. Without taxes, where do you suppose the government would get the money for defense, Interstate highways, food and drug safety, responses to national disasters, disease/epidemic prevention, public transportation, public schools.....?

    Do you know how the Republicans do it? They BORROW and spend! How do you think the Iraq War was paid for? Medicare Part D? unfunded – hey, that means BORROWED! No Child Left Behind? unfunded – also BORROWED! Right now, our government is still borrowing to just pay the interest on our debt from borrowing and spending.

    August 29, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. rs

    At least taxing and spending implies a balance of income and output (or more properly, revenue and expenditures). What the GOP did for 8 years under Bush (supported 100% by Mr. Ryan BTW), is "Cut taxes and spend". In other words, by giving record tax cuts to the rich, and by starting two wars (and not accounting for either), the GOP INTENTIONALLY built both a budget defict, but also drove the U.S. into debt. Surprise! this is what Romney and Ryan are proposing to do again- and we have the lowest tax rates in two generations!
    Time to tax the rich appropriately again!

    August 29, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. rs

    Those poor folks will have a brief encounter with the Republican "Death Panel". Its the Ryan way.

    August 29, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. rob

    We know we can count on Stephanie Cutter to repeatedly use statistics which are untrue like their job creation that is better than Regans and perhaps accuse Romney of being a Felon or maybe replay the commercial of Ryan rolling an elderly lady off a cliff in her wheelchair. Very classy lady.

    The polls are starting to reflect the fact that the American public is not buying the scare tactics and the smearing and the lies. They want solutions in the form of articulated plans. President Obama will not articulate any plan because the Dems do't have any plans.

    August 29, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. rob

    The Dems took controll of Congress in Jan 2007. They had oversight of the different departments of the Govt from then through the end of his second term and could have proposed raising taxes or defunding the wars or reign in fanny and freddy but they didn't. I don't let President Bush off the hook for the meltdown, his spending and new unfunded programs (Approved by Dems) added to the debt no doubt. But he was not alone there. The question now is President Obama's record since Jan 2009 when he took office with huge majorities in both houses of Congress. No matter how you spin the numbers or try to blame everyone else, his record is dismal and therefore he will probably be replaced.

    August 29, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. myviewis

    I have to say that the one thing Stephanie Cutter cannot be trusted in is her mathematics, I checked her mathematics with the Department of Labor and boy are her numbers wrong but do Democrats care??? NO, as long as her lie, mathematics error makes Obama look good.

    August 29, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    U turn....right back into the ditch.

    How these guys can say this stuff with a straight face is beyond me.

    August 29, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Gerald

    Paul Ryan: Saw your budget and I'm cryin. Not for you and not for me but for the land of the free.

    August 29, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    It's funny how the flip flopping camp is trying to win the women's vote having all these empty headed bimbos speak for them. First we have the non working wife and tonight the VA internal probe of pregnant women governor's daughter. I don't believe she has done anything worthwhile but she will look good on the stage and that will attract all those women that the flip flopper and his boy toy have alineated NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Robmey would right u turn us over a cliff. He can not be trusted. Nontax returns. Money in offshore accounts. Can not put out a plan for anything. And he is the GOP platform, war on womens wombs.

    August 29, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. pjoe

    Do Democrats have a budget plan? A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

    August 29, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Larry L


    I have to say that the one thing Stephanie Cutter cannot be trusted in is her mathematics, I checked her mathematics with the Department of Labor and boy are her numbers wrong but do Democrats care??
    Her numbers are correct and as usual, you are lying. Department of labor? Really? Got them on speed-dial? When you try to validate one of your lies you need to provide references rather than just pulling them out of some orifice. You are indeed a "modern Republican".

    August 29, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Bob

    Funny how Ryan proposed a stimulus package just as big as Obama's except instead of supporting infrastructure projects, saving the auto industry, and green jobs it was just tax breaks for the idle rich and more handouts to the oil industry. So basically we'd have spent the same amount of money and had absolutely nothing to show for it. And his plan to "reduce regulations" is laughable. It was the loose regulations enacted by Bush and Cheney (who allowed the oil companies to write the drilling regulations) that directly led to the BP oil spill. So not only did looser regulations disrupt oil supply, it also cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue from the Gulf industries. Just like loose regulations allowed banks to collapse and required the Bush bailout. Think about it, we had the loosest regulations right before the Great Depression (caused by the stock market crash). We had the toughest regulations after WWII and under those "crushing regulations" we had the greatest and longest period of economic growth in the history of the world. When did it end? When the Republicans got the idea to allow banks to gamble. First in the 80s with the junk bond scandal (and the first Bush was deeply involved in that) and then followed by an even greater collapse when Bush Jr. further de-regulated and didn't even bother to enforce the few rules left on the books. And the same pattern has happened all over the world. Tough regulations = economic stability. Loose regulations = downward spiral to collapse. The looser the regulations, the faster and the harder the collapse (just look at Iceland).

    August 29, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |