Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan takes the stage for a rally at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, Nevada August 14, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus )
The fierce Medicare debate rages on between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney as doubts arise over the Romney campaigns stance on Paul Ryan's Medicare proposals.
Like two hungry dogs fighting over a piece of meat, each candidate seeks to pull public opinion in their direction. The free radical that has caused a mudslide of criticism from Democrats stems from the similarities between Ryan's Medicare budget proposal and Obamacare.
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The Romney-Ryan Budget
Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith expressed the specifics, stating that "Ryan's budget incorporates the $700 billion in savings achieved under Obamacare, which come from eliminating subsidies to insurance companies, cutting waste and fraud, and reforming delivery systems that will help keep seniors healthy."
Given the Romney campaign's harsh criticisms of Obamacare, the GOP candidate's stance on Ryan's reform policy has rightfully come under question.
When asked about the rift between his campaign and Ryan's stance on Medicare budget, Romney reassured potential voters stating, "I'm sure there are places that my budget is different than his, but we're on the same page...My Plan for Medicare is very similar to his plan for Medicare."
While sparse on the specifics, Romney's remarks aim to reinforce the unity of his campaign's message in concern to Medicare.
A Good Offense is the Best Defense
In response to criticisms from Democrats, House Speaker John Boehner rallied the Republican base, asserting that "The best defense on Medicare is a good offense...[a]nd Paul Ryan gives us the ability to play offense."
Boehner commended the Republicans' efforts to reform Medicare, stating "We want this fight not just because Obamacare raided Medicare by $700 billion, but also because Republicans are the only ones who've taken action to save the program...Remember, if we're going to solve the debt that is acting like a wet blanket on our economy, we have to save Medicare, and reform our tax code. Republicans are the only ones taking action on these things."
Boehner's speech was a call for unity among the GOP base, something that they are going to need in order for Romney's campaign to be successful.
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