Democrats React Swiftly To Romney’s V.P. Pick

Topics: Medicare, Politics

Aug 12, 2012

Armed with talking points related to the House G.O.P. budget plan advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which includes sweeping proposed changes to Medicare, Democrats go on the attack.

Politico: Obama Camp Video: Get To Know Paul Ryan
The race to define Mitt Romney‘s running mate is now in full swing in Chicago. An email from David Axelrod Saturday evening urges recipients to “Get to know Paul Ryan” … The email includes a link to the web site created by the Obama campaign that lists “What you need to know” about Ryan, such as his plan to “end Medicare as we know it” and raise taxes on the middle class. It also features a video defining Ryan as “the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan” (Slack, 8/11).

Politico: Paul Ryan Is Quiet On Medicare – But His Critics Aren’t
Paul Ryan didn’t mention “Obamacare,” “Romneycare” or his own Medicare plan in his debut as Mitt Romney’s running mate Saturday — but that hasn’t stopped his critics from unloading. In a statement emailed to reporters before Romney and Ryan had finished speaking, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said Ryan would “end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors” (Smith, 8/11).

The Hill: Rep. Van Hollen Has Mixed Feelings On Budget Committee Rival Ryan As VP Pick
Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) friend and Democratic counterpart on the House Budget Committee has mixed feelings about the Wisconsin lawmaker being named as Mitt Romney’s running mate. “I like Paul, we get along well,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member of the committee, told The Hill following the announcement Saturday. But, Van Hollen added, Ryan’s economic policies push a “lopsided” economic approach that will further benefit the wealthy and leave the middle class holding the bag (Siegelbaum, 8/11).

USA Today: Democrats Say Ryan Is An Enemy Of The Middle Class
With Mitt Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his Republican running mate, Obama surrogates immediately sought to define the congressman as a wild-eyed ideologue set on slashing Medicare and other popular entitlement programs. … The Obama campaign charged that Ryan, as architect of the GOP House budget plan, has advocated additional tax cuts for millionaires and deep cuts in education programs and would turn Medicare into a voucher system (Madhani and Camia, 8/11).

The Associated Press: Democrats Seize Upon Romney’s Choice Of Ryan
Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to “budget-busting tax cuts” for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seniors. … Previewing the campaign’s line of attack, Messina called Ryan the “architect of the radical Republican House budget” and said it would “end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors” (Thomas, 8/11).

ABC News: Democrats Cast Paul Ryan Pick As ‘Extreme’
Democrats and the Obama campaign are poised to vigorously portray Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice presidential nominee as a toxic choice and politically extreme. As Romney formally announced Ryan in Norfolk, Va., deputy Obama campaign manager Jim Messina blasted out an email statement casting the Republican ticket as a potential disaster for the middle class and seniors (Dwyer, 8/11).

FOX News: Democrats Charge At Ryan, Targeting His Budget As Expected
Democrats wasted no time Saturday attacking GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan, launching a familiar and expected assault on the Wisconsin congressman’s tough-love budget proposals, which Democrats suggest would help millionaires and hurt seniors. A clearly well-prepared Obama campaign led the attack, launching a website within minutes of Mitt Romney’s official announcement that called the House Budget Committee chairman’s budget proposals a “sham” (8/11).

CNN: Democrats Quick To Criticize Romney’s Choice Of Ryan For Running Mate
Responding to Mitt Romney’s announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, Democrats attacked the House Budget Committee chairman for his controversial budget proposals (811).

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