AEHQ: Medicare Front-and-Center in Election [VIDEO]

It was expected when Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate: A debate about Medicare.  Now, the program is making its way front-and-center on the campaign trail.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington in this Election Update:

Audio clip:

From America's Election Headquarters...

President Obama, accusing the Romney-Ryan ticket of wanting to end Medicare.

(President Obama) "That means seniors would no longer have the guarantee of Medicare.  They'd get a voucher to buy private insurance."

That was part of the Republican budget, crafted by Ryan, to curb costs - though it doesn't apply to anyone older than 55.  The Romney campaign, in a new ad, pointing out the President also wants to cut more than $700 billion from Medicare.

(Romney Ad) "Why? To pay for Obamacare.  So now the money you paid for your guaranteed health care is going to a massive, new government program."

The Obama campaign, arguing those cuts target providers, not patients.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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