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:
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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