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GOP Medicare Plan Puts House Seat in Jeopardy

Friday, 06 May 2011 03:01 PM

The Medicare debate that the U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan touched off has turned an interim U.S. House race in New York from an expected Republican win into a nail-biter, The New York Times reports. The Democrat, Kathy Hochul of suburban Buffalo, has erased the polling gap in a Republican-leaning district by vilifying Ryan's Medicare reform proposals.

Hochul’s opponent, Republican State Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin, has supported the House-approved budget proposal of Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee, throughout the special election campaign. A Corwin spokesman said Hochul and other Democrats “are trying to scare seniors.”

A Democratic fundraiser didn’t necessarily dispute the charge. “The Republican vote to end Medicare has moved the needle in this race,” said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

A Siena College poll shows Corwin leading Hochul but within the poll’s margin of error. The same poll found 59 percent opposed to Medicare cuts.

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