By naming Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney puts Obamacare squarely before the voters setting up a replay of the 2010 election that saw the GOP take control of the House of Representatives, Paul Lindsay, the communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Lindsay called the pick a great opportunity and one that will allow Republicans to focus not only on Obamacare but also the agenda of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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“You know, we have no better surrogate in the conference or in the country who can talk about the contrast that House Republicans have been setting up between us and Nancy Pelosi’s caucus over the last year and a half,” Lindsay said of Ryan. “You know, obviously, there was a much different view. Republicans want to do everything we can to repeal Obamacare and reign in spending and so something about the $16 trillion debt that’s saddling future generations.
“And Paul Ryan has been the leader on those issues in our Conference so from our standpoint, from our vantage point, it’s great to have one of our own out there on a daily basis on the national stage talking about the issues that are so important that kind of brought Republicans into the House majority in 2010.”
Rather than being put on the defense, the GOP is on offense in a number of congressional races.
“One of the biggest problems facing Democrats right now in their drive to return Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker’s chair is that they’re going to be defending so many of their own House Democrats that they’re going to have a very hard time getting to the 25 to 35 to 40 seats that they’re going to need to win back the majority,” Lindsay said.
“So we’re on offense in a number of seats throughout the country just like we were in 2010. … So wherever it is we’re going to make sure that we’re on offense, we’re holding Democrats accountable and that we’re doing the best we can to not only hold the majority, but also to strengthen it and make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep Nancy Pelosi out of that Speaker’s chair.”
Lindsay also believes that putting Obamacare back in the debate it will drive turnout in a lot of congressional races.
“It’s still a bill that is very unpopular with the American people,” he said. “There’s been many studies done, obviously, on it effect in the ballot races in the House in 2010 and it basically cost Democrats the House. It was the icing on the cake in 2010. After all the Democrats did with full control of Washington, they added this massive new entitlement that cuts Medicare and puts it in a government healthcare takeover that the American people are not seeing any benefit from.
“They’re costs are going up, we’re being saddled with more and more debt on future generations and Medicare choices are being driven by bureaucrats in Washington instead of patients and their doctors. It’s just not the right choice and it’s going to continue to definitely play a big effect on a lot of House races in the fall.”
Lindsay acknowledges that the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will attack on the theme that Ryan’s Medicare plan “would end Medicare as we know it,” but adds that Obamacare cuts $700 billion from Medicare.
“So, look, we think we have a great opportunity in this debate to engage Democrats and remind the American people that there is only one party in Washington that has supported a bill that is current law that has cut Medicare benefits for current seniors,” he said. “And that is a huge contrast to the Republican plan to allow current seniors to have the plans that they have and then also do something to save and secure and protect the Medicare program for future generations. So we’re going to do everything we can to continue talking about that contrast.”
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