Published on August 18, 2012 at 4:52 AM
The New York Times: Romney Says He Paid At Least 13% In Income Taxes
Now, after Mr. Romney's decision to name Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice-presidential choice, the campaign is instead waging an aggressive battle on Medicare, welfare and Mr. Obama's character. That change in focus can be seen in the campaign's ads and in Mr. Romney's speeches. And it stands in contrast to the approaches of some Republican Congressional candidates, who said Thursday that they intended to wage their own campaigns strictly on economic issues. "We are staying on our message," said Chris Collins, the Republican candidate in New York's 27th District, near Buffalo. Mr. Collins said that Republicans should welcome the Medicare debate, but that in his own campaign, "every time anything comes up, I bring it back to the economy, the economy, Obamacare" (Shear, 8/16).
ABC: Romney Gives Medicare Lecture On Tarmac
With a black marker in his hand and a whiteboard to his side, the Republican presidential candidate tried to spell out, literally, the differences between his and President Obama's policies…The comments seemed to run counter to what he said Wednesday night, when in an interview with ABC affiliate WBAY in Wisconsin, Romney argued his and running mate Paul Ryan's proposals for revamping Medicare are "the same, if not identical" (Krieg, Dwyer and Friedman, 8/16).
CBS: Romney Uses White Board In Attempt To Clarify Medicare Stance
Between fundraisers in South Carolina, Romney decided to talk about Medicare, giving the press corps an impromptu lesson on the differences between his policies and the president's. "Which of these two do you think is better," Romney asked his audience, "going bankrupt or being solvent? Well obviously, being solvent." "The differences in our Medicare perspective could not be more stark and dramatic, and I think as the people, as the seniors in America understand what the president's plan is doing to Medicare, they're going to find it unacceptable," added the GOP nominee. Both sides now claim they welcome a substantive conversation on Medicare, an issue that's long been considered a political third rail (Crawford, 8/17).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.