Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Romney Can’t Get His Medicare Right, He’s Wearing his Flip-Flops Again

Mitt's Medicare Muddle

  By Jed Lewison   Tue Aug 14, 2012

If you want proof that the Romney campaign still hasn't figured out how to handle the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan, just check out what they've been saying over the past 72 hours:

  • Romney had barely walked off stage after announcing he'd picked Paul Ryan when his campaign said Romney would not be running on the Ryan plan.
  • In an interview with 60 Minutes, Romney said the election wouldn't be a referendum on the Ryan plan and that his plan wasn't the Ryan plan.
  • On Monday morning, Romney avoided talking about either his plan or the Ryan plan, instead attacking Obama for achieving $700 billion in Medicare savings ... even though Ryan supports those savings.
  • On Monday afternoon, Mitt Romney claimed the Romney-Ryan plan would expand Medicare, even though it would actually end it.
  • At the same press conference, Romney said he couldn't think of any differences between his plan and Ryan's plan.
  • On Tuesday Morning, Romney surrogate John Sununu claimed the Ryan and Romney plans were "very different."
  • Two hours later, a senior Romney adviser said Ryan and Romney were "100 percent on the same path" on Medicare.
  • If you know what they're going to say next, you've got a better imagination than me.