Gillespie: Obama Raided Medicare Accounts, Not Ryan

Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 12:28 PM

By Amy Woods

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a “bold move” by tapping Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as vice president, campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The message was that this is a big election, and it’s about big issues, and it needs to be serious,” Gillespie said.

“Picking Paul Ryan says we’re going to choose someone here who has a record of taking on the tough issues, of facing the challenges that we confront as a country and providing solutions and answers to those things.”

He said Romney favors the fiscally conservative budget plan written by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ryan, and it was one of the reasons for the decision to name Ryan as running mate.

“That is something that Gov. Romney agrees is an approach we need to take,” Gillespie said. “We need to save Medicare for future generations. What they’re talking about doing would actually save Medicare.”

President Barack Obama’s administration has “raided the Medicare accounts for $716 billion and spent it on the massive increase in government known as Obamacare” and is “doing nothing to save it for future generations,” he said, telling host Candy Crowley, “Medicare Part A will go bankrupt in 12 years….”

Gillespie said the election not only will serve as a referendum on Obama, but also will ask voters to decide what kind of country they want to live in and what kind of people they want to be.

“I feel very good about where Gov. Romney is today, and would much rather play our hand than their in this election,” he said.

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