Romney in Florida today; running mate Ryan coming later for Medicare fightby George Bennett | August 13th, 2012
Mitt Romney campaigns in Florida today with public events in St. Augustine and Miami.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be part of three anti-Romney events, including one at 11:30 a.m. in Boca Raton.
After drawing big crowds Saturday and Sunday with newly named running mate Paul Ryan, Romney will be appearing solo in the Sunshine State while Ryan heads to Iowa.
Ryan is scheduled to make his first Florida visit as a member of the GOP ticket on Saturday or Sunday in central Florida. There, the Romney campaign says, Ryan “will highlight President Obama’s record of slashing Medicare for current Florida seniors to fund Obamacare. He will also note that the Romney-Ryan ticket is the only one with a bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare for today and tomorrow’s seniors.”
Democrats have accused Ryan of seeking to “end Medicare as we know it” with his plan to convert the program for future retirees to one in which the government subsidizes the purchase of private health insurance.
“My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida,” Ryan told 60 Minutes on Sunday in a quote highlighted by the Romney campaign. “Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. That have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late ’90s.”