Sneak Peek -- Paul Ryan: We’re Not the Ones Raiding Medicare to Pay for Obamacare
Moments ago, Brit Hume joined America Live to preview his exclusive interview with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. In the interview, which airs in full on tonight’s Special Report at 6p ET, Ryan talked about the campaign’s focus on Medicare, and how it could be a winning issue for them. Ryan said, “We’re the ones who are offering a plan to save Medicare, to protect Medicare, to strengthen Medicare. We're the ones who are not raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare. We're the ones who are repealing President Obama's 15-person bureaucratic board that will put price controls on Medicare that will lead to denied care for current seniors. We're the ones continuing the guarantee of Medicare for people in or near retirement. And you have to reform it for the younger generation in order to make the commitment stick for the current generation. President Obama is actually damaging Medicare for current seniors.”
UPDATE: Watch Full Video of the Paul Ryan / Brit Hume Interview!
Hume weighed in on Ryan’s strength as a candidate, saying that he is comfortable explaining issues clearly and ‘does it in a way that’s strikingly cheerful.’ He also said that Ryan is ‘personally quite appealing’ and while he’s sure that Ryan will be attacked throughout the campaign, it’ll be tough for Democrats to attack him on a personal level.
In this second preview clip, Ryan continues to target President Obama's handling of Medicare, saying, "Here's the issue: what President Obama is trying to do with his Medicare plan is he's trying to count a dollar twice. He's trying to suggest that these Medicare cuts can help Medicare. It doesn't because he is taking those dollars from Medicare to spend on Obamacare. We prevent that from happening in the House budget. But let's be clear here, Brit. I am on the Romney ticket. And what Mitt Romney is proposing is to repeal all of Obamacare. And in the House, repeatedly I have voted with that position. I support that position, I'm pleased to support the position of getting rid of every piece of Obamacare, including the cuts to Medicare which are used to pay for Obamacare."