Ex-Clinton Adviser Walks Off Fox in Medicare Dust-Up

Friday, 27 May 2011 01:55 PM

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Simon Rosenberg, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, attempted to defend the Democratic stance on Medicare reform against accusations of “fear-mongering” on Fox News during a contentious exchange with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson.

Ferguson said Democrats are just attacking Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan instead of offering helpful solutions,. He cited the now-infamous advertisement by the liberal Agenda Project that shows a Republican pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. Rosenberg said the Ryan plan “would have allowed millions of people to die more quickly.”

Things deteriorated from there, with the exchange turning from a debate over healthcare to a debate over talk-show etiquette. Host Shannon Bream asked Ferguson to stop interrupting Rosenberg, at which point Rosenberg gave up and said, “Go ahead, Ben, everyone wants to know what you have to say.”

“Good,” said Ferguson. “You can pout — that’s what you guys are good at.”

An exasperated Rosenberg ended the conversation by pulling off his microphone and walking off camera.

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