Paul Ryan Stays Away as Mitt Romney Hits Florida This Week; Paul Ryan Will Talk About Medicare When He Does Eventually Come to Florida
A Republican-Democratic run poll done in a dozen battleground states found that Paul Ryan gave Mitt Romney a slight bump everywhere but Florida. The poll, called Purple Strategies (clever!), found that this might be because of... WAIT FOR IT... Medicare.
When those polled were asked which ticket is more likely to protect Medicare, they chose Obama-Biden by 48-40 percent.
Meanwhile, Ryan sat down with Fox News' master-mumbler Britt Hume to talk about how he and Robo Romney's plan to balance the budget would work. When asked to go into detail about the plan, Ry said he isn't sure because "we haven't run the numbers."
So while Ryan will be hitting Florida this weekend so he can rip on the president and talk around his Medicare proposals, he and Mitt haven't actually sat down to crunch numbers and generally see if they can actually do what they keep saying they'll do.
Mitt went with Ryan because he's supposed to be the superserious economy guy who wrote a fancy booklet with numbers, understands how to balance the budget, and will fix all our nation's financial ills -- even though he voted for the Bush-era policies that got us into this mess to begin with.
Romney has claimed that his budget plan will cut spending to 20 percent of GDP by 2016, which is highly unlikely, but math ain't matter to a GOPer as long as you use the term "cut spending."
More important here, Mitt says that cuts to Medicare are off the table. That all sounds nice (some would say it sounds like a fairy tale, even). But then you have your running mate hitting up the one network that's all-in on your ticket admitting that, yes,there's a plan, but we just haven't actually figured out if it's a good plan or not. But, hey, THE PREZ IS OUTTA CONTROLZ WITH ALL THAT SPENDIN'!
Can you propose a budget plan without actually knowing what that plan is? Apparently so. But hey, what's math and numbers and stuff when you can just go around saying mean things about the president.
Quick, Robin! To the Talking Points Cave!