Posts Tagged ‘Romney’
Mitt Romney may not be the orator that President Obama is, but his speech last night was a solid contrast to the failure of the hope and change we heard four years ago.
For me, one of the most significant lines in the speech was this: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”
It is the perfect contrast. Romney is a guy who has worked hard and been very, very successful. And yet he remains humble. Even as a very successful businessman, he has taken the time to serve people – primarily in his responsibilities in his church. He wants to help you and your family, because he’s been doing that kind of thing his entire life.
I have heard some talk about how remarkable it is that this busy executive would take the time to help a 14 year-old boy go through the process of dying. Sitting at his side, helping him draft a will, speaking at his funeral.
It has probably never crossed Romney’s mind that it was remarkable in any way. It was his choice, his compassion, his duty. It was as normal and unremarkable as getting up and going to work every day.
Ultimately, the contrast between a man who serves others without a second thought and a man who is so narcissistic as to think that he “is the one we’ve been waiting for” who can “slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet” will make the difference in this election.
Paul Ryan introduced himself to America on Wednesday night and he was funny, substantive, serious, sharp and real. He was human.While he is not seasoned on the teleprompter, his speech was among the most substantive of Vice Presidential nomination speeches ever delivered. He proved that he is ready for primetime and the face of the future for the Republican Party.
His direct challenge to Obama on the debate over Medicare was spot on. He made it clear that the Romney/Ryan campaign will own their vision to protect current Medicare recipients and secure the future of the program for younger generations.
Well done, sir.
Liberal commentators have been celebrating Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate. They think that being able to run against Romney by attacking the “right wing” plan proposed by Ryan.
The centerpiece of their attack will be their claim that Ryan’s plan “ends Medicare as we know it.” What they fail to recognize is that the passage of the President’s health care bill already ended Medicare as we know it because it cut $700 billion from Medicare to pay for new government programs and will ration future care through the 15 unelected members of the IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) which is the function in which President Obama’s health care guru, Don Berwick said, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”
Here are the facts. Ryan’s reform of Medicare doesn’t even affect any one 55 years old or older. And for those that are 54 years old and younger, when they reach eligibility age, they will have a choice of traditional Medicare or the new program, which is modeled after the prescription drug benefit in which insurance companies compete for your business.
The bottom line is that current seniors are not affected by Ryan’s plan and future seniors have a choice. By contrast, current seniors are already being hurt by Obama’s health care bill because many are losing Medicare Advantage and premiums are going up.
So, the Left can do their happy dance, but the American people, particularly seniors, are well informed and will see through the demagoguery.
Avik Roy over at Forbes does a much better job than I do to explain why, as he calls it, the “mediscare” attacks won’t work. Full piece here and a couple good excerpts below:
The Obama campaign, upon learning of the Paul Ryan pick, went straight for the jugular. Ryan’s plan “would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors,” said Obama spokesman Jim Messina this morning. But that’s not true.
As we’ve documented extensively at The Apothecary, the Wyden-Ryan Medicare plan—so named because it was coauthored by progressive Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.)—only applies to Americans younger than 55 years of age, and gives those younger individuals the option of remaining in the traditional Medicare program, or choosing a comparable private-sector insurance plan.
The policy-wonk term for this approach is “competitive bidding,” an idea that originated with Democrats. The Wyden-Ryan plan is nearly identical to one that was introduced a few weeks earlier by Mitt Romney.
The bottom line: if Romney and Ryan leave you the option to remain in the 1965-vintage, fee-for-service, traditional Medicare program, and you claim that Medicare has “ended as we know it,” what you’ve really ended is the English language as we know it.
Watch this… it’s all you need.
This from the Wall Street Journal:
NORFOLK, Va.–Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential candidate Saturday, the first day of his four-state bus tour, the campaign said Friday.
“On Saturday, Mitt Romney will begin his ‘The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class’ bus tour by announcing his choice for Vice Presidential candidate in Norfolk, Virginia,” the campaign said in a press release.
The campaign made the announcement late Friday evening, but did not say who the pick would be. It also did not specify at which of the five Virginia stops tomorrow Mr. Romney would make the announcement.
The presumptive Republican nominee is expected to appear alongside Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Saturday but so far there’s no indication of whether he will be the vice president.
Robert Costa from National Review is reporting that a charter flight from Boston ended up in Janesville, WI today. That’s the current home of Representative Paul Ryan.
Here is the whole post:
Take note, veep watchers: Earlier today, a charter plane took off in Boston, stopped in Chicago, then flew to the tiny airport in Janesville, Wis. Janesville, of course, is the hometown of Representative Paul Ryan, a top vice-presidential contender. According to a source on the ground, the plane is still in Wisconsin.
Tomorrow morning, Mitt Romney will visit the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va. For what it’s worth, Ryan is scheduled to be on vacation in Colorado.
You can track unusual charter flights at FlightAware, a useful website.
UPDATE: Tagg Romney was in Milwaukee today.
I’m waiting with bated breath…
Since I wrote the Case for Paul Ryan post, I have whipped myself into a blind frenzy that Romney really must pick Paul Ryan and hoping that he will pick Paul Ryan.
I don’t know whether Romney will pick Ryan, but it really makes a ton of sense from both a policy standpoint and a political standpoint.
First, let’s think about the long-term reasons to pick Ryan. The most pressing issue facing our country is the out of control spending and ever increasing debt – coupled with the entitlement disaster as more and more baby boomers retire.
When Obama talks about voters facing a big choice in November, he is right. But he has punted on the big choices, never taking serious the looming fiscal crisis. This the guy who promised he would cut the deficit in half in his first term and yet pushed an $800 billion stimulus bill and what will turn out to be a nearly $2 trillion health care bill. This, among other things, has led to our national debt going from $10 trillion when Obama took office to $15.9 trillion today.
The remedy? Paul Ryan. He thinks big. He has vision. He has real answers to the problems.
And guess what? What makes Paul Ryan the right pick from a policy standpoint is exactly what makes him the right pick politically. In tough economic times, with government spending off the charts, a health care law that injects bureaucrats in between doctors and their patients, and systemic corruption within the administration and their cronies on Wall Street and green energy, the cure is the simple plan Paul Ryan has laid out. Simplify the tax code, reduce spending and provide choice in Medicare.
Paul Ryan for Vice President is Joe Biden’s worst nightmare and America’s dream come true.
Yes, that could be asked of me and my lack of blogging for a couple weeks.
But it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this ad. I’ve been waiting for Romney’s campaign to put out a solid contrast against Obama, and this is what I’ve been waiting for.
Obama’s campaign continues to push the narrative that they can win Arizona in November. As a result, I have accused them of smoking crack.
Last week a couple polls came out that showed Romney and Obama basically dead even in Arizona. There were breathless stories about how Obama was expanding the map.
To test against those polls, my firm commissioned a poll. But this poll would be a big sample (900) and would be of likely voters (since the other two polls were of registered voters).
Rather than Romney and Obama in a dead heat, it’s Romney by three lengths.
Romney leads Obama 52 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, and 54 percent to 42 percent among motivated voters.
- 55 percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of President Obama
- 55 percent disapprove of his job performance
- 56 percent disapprove of the health care law
Romney is also up by nine percent among independents – 49 percent to 40 percent – and by four percent among women – 49 percent to 45 percent. (You can see the entire poll and cross tabs here.)
So Obama and his team can talk about winning Arizona until they are blue in the face… but it ain’t happening.