Campaign Headlines August 16, 2012: Mitt Romney Discusses Medicare Reform Plan at Press Conference in South Carolina

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Romney Sends Mixed Signals on Medicare Reform Plan

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-16-12

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Mitt Romney took another crack at resetting the Medicare debate on Thursday, calling an impromptu press conference on the tarmac of a South Carolina airport.

With a black marker in his hand and a whiteboard to his side, the Republican presidential candidate tried to spell out, literally, the differences between his and President Obama’s policies.

“You’re going to have to take me over here,” Romney said, asking the cameras to track along with him as he gestured toward his handy visual aid.  “As you can see, there’s no change in Medicare for seniors.  None, under my plan.”

“My plan stays the same.  No adjustments, no changes, no savings,” Romney said.

“Next generation retirees,” he added, will get “the option of having standard Medicare, a fee for service-type government run Medicare, or private run Medicare.”…READ MORE

Romney: President Obama’s $716 Billion Medicare Cut Is A Mistake

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-16-12

“Under the current projections, Medicare will be insolvent in 12 years, and that’s not acceptable to me. That’s why we have worked very hard to come up with a solution. But, the idea that the President has put forward, cutting $716 billion out of Medicare? I think that’s a real mistake.” – Mitt Romney

Fox 35 Orlando
August 15, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “But I would note that the President has a plan for people who are 55 years and older. If Obamacare is allowed to be installed, Medicare will be raided by $716 billion. The President takes $716 out of the Medicare trust fund to pay for Obamacare. I think this is something which seniors are going to be very concerned about. Paul Ryan and I are talking about what adjustments we should make to Medicare for young people so that when they come along and become seniors, that they have a program that’s solvent. Under the current projections, Medicare will be insolvent in 12 years, and that’s not acceptable to me. That’s why we have worked very hard to come up with a solution. But, the idea that the President has put forward, cutting $716 billion out of Medicare? I think that’s a real mistake.”

Romney: President Obama Cut Medicare To Pay For Obamacare

 Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-15-12 
WTSP-Tampa, FL
August 15, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “What the people are focused on is the issue of Medicare and the fact that under the President’s plan, he cuts Medicare by $716 billion, takes that money out of the Medicare trust fund, and uses it to pay for Obamacare. And I think this is something which people are just now focused on and they find it very, very difficult to understand why he would cut Medicare funding for our current seniors.”

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Campaign Headlines August 16, 2012: Mitt Romney Says He Never Paid Less Than 13% In Income Taxes

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Romney Says He Paid at Least 13% in Income Taxes

Source: NYT, 8-16-12

Mitt Romney in South Carolina on Thursday, outlining a point on Medicare before answering a question about income taxes.
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Mitt Romney in South Carolina on Thursday, outlining a point on Medicare before answering a question about income taxes.

Calling interest in his taxes “small-minded,” Mitt Romney said he had looked at 10 years of returns, a response to Democrats who suggested he might have paid nothing in some years….READ MORE

Romney Says He Never Paid Less Than 13% In Taxes

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-16-12

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Mitt Romney said today he has not paid less than 13 percent in taxes during the past ten years. The candidate had told ABC News’ David Muir last month that he’d be “happy to go back and look” at his returns.

The tax issue has been a touchy one for Romney and he made clear that he feels there are more important issues on which to concentrate.

“I just have to say given the challenges that America faces 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty, the fascination with  taxes I paid I find to be very small minded compared to the broad issues we face,” he said. “But I did go back and look at my taxes and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that,” Romney said today during a press conference on a tarmac in South Carolina, where the candidate came to attend a fundraiser….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 16, 2012: Paul Ryan Goes on Offense on Medicare in Speech at his Alma Mater Miami University in Ohio

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Returning to His Alma Mater, Paul Ryan Goes on Offense on Medicare

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-16-12

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Paul Ryan had a second homecoming Wednesday, returning to his alma mater, Miami University, where he took on the issue of Medicare. The subject is one which Democrats are using to frighten senior voters in hopes to derail Mitt Romney’s campaign now that Ryan, the House budget chairman, has joined the ticket.

But Ryan is playing offense. Mentioning Medicare for the first time on the stump, he repeated a line of attack introduced earlier in the week by the Romney campaign.

“We want this debate, we need this debate and we will win this debate,” Ryan told a crowd of thousands on campus. “What I don’t think he’ll be telling people is that the president took $716 billion from the Medicare program.”…READ MORE

PAUL RYAN: CUTTING MEDICARE TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE IS NOT AN “ACHIEVEMENT”

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-16-12

“The President was talking about Medicare yesterday … What he probably did not mention yesterday is that when passed his signature healthcare achievement, Obamacare, he raided $716 billion from Medicare paid for Obamacare. This will lead to fewer services for seniors. President Obama’s campaign calls this an achievement. You think raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare is an achievement? Neither do I.” –Paul Ryan

Remarks
North Canton, OH
August 16, 2012

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PAUL RYAN: “And so, President Obama has run out of ideas. That’s why his campaign is based on frustration and anger. That’s why he’s not coming with new ideas. He’s giving us more of the same and he’s going to resort to distortion. He’s going to resort to fear and smear. The President was talking about Medicare yesterday. I’m excited about this. This is a debate we want to have. This is a debate we need to have. And this is a debate we we’re going to win. What he probably did not mention yesterday is that when passed his signature healthcare achievement, Obamacare, he raided $716 billion from Medicare paid for Obamacare. This will lead to fewer services for seniors. President Obama’s campaign calls this an achievement. You think raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare is an achievement? Neither do I. Next time you get your pay stub, take a look at the line that says payroll taxes, FICA. Those payroll taxes that come out of our paychecks are designed for two programs and two programs alone: Medicare and Social Security. But now, because of Obamacare, it’s funding Obamacare as well. It’s wrong. The president knows this. He can’t defend this. And that’s the problem. He can’t defend his record. He didn’t change his tune, he didn’t compromise, he didn’t reach across the aisle, and that’s why he’s running this kind of campaign of frustration and anger. This election presents so many clear contrasts. One of those contrasts is this: Mitt Romney and I will protect and strengthen Medicare, leave it intact for our current seniors, and save it for the next generation.”

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