Mitt Romney took a leaf out of Paul Ryan’s book Thursday, pulling out a whiteboard to make his points on Medicare during a campaign stop in South Carolina.
He tried to explain to voters the differences between his plans and those of President Barack Obama’s by using the method favored by his running mate.
“I know there is an effort by some people to try to bring as much confusion to the topic of Medicare as possible but I want to bring as much clarity as possible, so I have prepared a small chart here,” the Republican hopeful said.
He drew two columns on the line, one marked “Obama” and the second marked “Romney,” saying his plan presents no change to Medicare for those over 55 while the president’s, he claimed, would cut $716 billion from the program, take 4 million people from Medicare rolls and see some 15 percent of hospitals and nursing homes refusing to accept Medicare patients.
For the plan for future generations, he wrote two simple words — “bankrupt” under Obama and “solvent” under Romney.
“Which of these two do you think is better, going bankrupt or being solvent?” he asked a woman who queried his plan. Perhaps realizing the answer was not in doubt, he then answered his own question. “Well, obviously, being solvent.”
The chalkboard is a favorite prop of Ryan’s. He has used it to explain his budget plans in the past. It’s also used regularly by Fox News contributor Karl Rove to explain his arguments.
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