The Mitt Romney campaign is out with a new ad showing popular Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio defending the presidential nominee on Medicare.
Democrats have criticized the plan of Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, to control Medicare’s spiraling cost structure. Romney and Ryan have shot back in return that President Barack Obama has cut $716 billion from the program.
As for the ad, “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get it. Medicare is going broke," Rubio says. "That’s not politics. It’s math. Anyone who wants to leave Medicare like it is, is for letting it go bankrupt.”
Rubio cites his 81-year-old mother who depends on Medicare. “We can save Medicare without changing hers,” he says. “But only if younger Americans accept that our Medicare will be different from our parents when we retire in 30 years. But after all they did for us, isn’t that the least we can do?"
Rubio is a very popular figure in Florida, of course. And given the state’s large population of senior citizens, it’s no wonder that the Romney campaign opted for this ad.
Medicare rates as a crucial issue not only in Florida, but in other key swing states such as Ohio and Wisconsin too. In a Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll last month, likely voters in those three states ranked Medicare as the third most important issue for them. The economy and healthcare were first and second.
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