Kevin Madden, the senior adviser of the Romney campaign, has defended Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan for saying that President Obama has “raided” Medicare to pay for “Obamacare,” despite the fact that Ryan is including the same cuts in his own proposed budget.
Madden stated on Sunday, according to ABC News, that:
“What President Obama did actually weakens Medicare. It takes $700 billion out of it and uses it to spend on a new entitlement, which is part of Obamacare. What Romney-Ryan does is actually restore those cuts, puts it back into Medicare to make it more solvent.”
Both Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have made the charge on the campaign trail this week, contending that Obama cut $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for the Affordable Care Act. Ryan stated at a campaign stop in Florida yesterday that:
“The president raids $716 billion from the Medicare program to pay for the Obamacare program. Here is what Mitt Romney and I will do: We will end the raid of Medicare.”
President Obama was quick to fire back about the attack, saying in New Hampshire Saturday that:
“They’re being dishonest about my plans since they can’t sell their plans. You think they’d avoid talking about Medicare, given the fact that both of them have proposed to voucherize the Medicare system.”
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Kevin Madden spoke about the Obama campaign’s strategy, saying:
“I’m sure they have convinced themselves that doing that helps them politically somehow. But I think it’s an admission that Paul Ryan is the real deal when it comes to talking about ideas and issues.”
Do you think that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have the right to attack President Obama for his cuts to Medicare when Ryan’s plan makes the same exact cuts?