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Romney Announces Running Mate and The Bloodbath Begins

I break down Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager's statements about Paul Ryan.

Let the bloodbath begin as Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as his running mate recently in Virginia.

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, issued this statement about Mitt Romney’s running mate choice: 

"In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare, as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes."

The Obama campaign wastes no time in attacking Paul Ryan, and I am sure they have had this statement prepared for months. I don’t blame them for that though it’s just a good political strategy. But, I just want to pick it apart to show you how wrong they really are. 

Let's start with: “His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.”

I am pretty sure that Medicare is already at its end, as we know it by Obamacare taking $500 billion away from seniors for his national health plan. Also Paul Ryan’s Medicare bill was a bipartisan effort with the help of Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden who co-authored it.

Next up let’s look at: “ deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid.”

Yes, because we really need the government handing out more money that is doesn’t have to students who won’t be able to pay it back. Wait a minute, that kind of sounds like the .

Close, but no cigar for this sentence: “Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy.”

Not so sure I know what he is talking about here. Maybe he is referring to the Bush tax cuts that Obama has been willing to extend since he has taken office? Or is he talking about the collapse of the housing market? Because we can thank Clinton for that one and you can read more about it here.

Last, but not least is my favorite sentence in the press release: “ Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires.”

I will write another blog post on this statement alone. Look for it on the site this week. 

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Frieda Wales August 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Bloodbath?
Blake Driver August 13, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Yes, I felt bloodbath was an appropriate term because Romney has already been accused of indirectly killing a mans wife by a Pro-Obama super pac. I am sure it is just going to get worse on both sides.
Frieda Wales August 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Framing it as a bloodbath makes it seem like those who participate are guilty by association. Rather we should be encouraged to participate without feeling like we've participated in a crime. I'm sure there are a lot of other words you could have used without going so far overboard. Do you have a link to the video or a transcript? I haven't been fortunate enough to see it yet. Thanks.
Blake Driver August 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Here is the link to the video let me know what you think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj70XqOxptU

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