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It was interesting as -- continue a look at some live pictures there Paul Ryan taking some questions from the crowd a crowd a few thousand people -- the campaign -- at the first question.
That Paul Ryan fielded along with -- -- today.
Was -- about Medicare despite all the talk over the weekend about Medicare entitlements now this is a conversation we -- to have.
The question coming from the crowd was about debt.
And deficit and the economy and that's -- wanna talk a little bit about as we move ahead for about eleven weeks away from the election.
We are only a week away from the Republican National Convention it goes right on into the DNC so what are the questions that we're asking today's what about the plan for job creation when did that take.
Center stage again.
Chris -- fetus is a former chief the staff to senator Joseph Manchin.
And -- by -- is former communications director of the house speaker Dennis pastor we're gonna see him in the second -- -- get into camera so Chris what about that what about the campaign's going off on.
It talking about Medicare and not talking about job creation why -- what.
I mean it's it's an interesting strategy -- what is happening here is that the agenda changed.
Once the Republicans made the decision to focus on Medicare not -- personally from -- -- -- a Democrat perspective but just from mate you know strategists perspective I think it's boldly foolish because it's an argument.
That when you scratch the surface the Republicans don't have a good argument that that same thing they're criticizing President Obama for.
The senator sixteen billion dollar savings cost savings -- cut.
Right is the same thing that Ryan has in his budget so you start scratching past the surface of the rhetoric what you realize is they're gonna basically about dries -- program.
And cradle lot of anxiety among seniors who are currently on Medicare -- Even though we're going down the road again we're just replaying the conversation everyone's had a over the last week in and no one's really asking for specific details about -- we how we get jobs back to the economy.
So you know should Democrats not indulge the Republicans in this in this conversation -- should Democrats like the president.
Come out strongly in boldly with a very clear plan.
For the United States and what what the next four years gonna look like as far as during jobs.
-- I think in fairness the president has been out there talking pretty aggressively about that the economy in what he plans to do when you're talking about for example in terms of tax reform.
And having reform that basically make sure.
That the top banner paying their fair share and you structure the -- that basically allows the middle class tax tax cuts.
And that way you allow more money to go -- economy to create jobs.
That is talking about the economy.
When you're talking about addressing the deficit and the debt in a balanced way and that means revenues as well as savings and spending that is talking about the economy are waiting -- let stand.
This Iran to come in here -- that is now joining us.
And Ryan what Chris said is this this conversation that the Republicans are having on Medicare is in his words boldly foolish and he says the president is talking about job creation by talking about tax reform.
And tax policy.
What do you think Republicans should do should they remain in this conversation on Medicare or should they release of the public in the last eleven weeks before the election -- health plan.
And job creation.
For all let me just say -- -- -- -- is a brilliantly -- -- -- Smart politics for Ryan for around -- Ryan team to do this.
Why because the Democrats were going to attack him on it anyway as soon as Paul Ryan was selected we're gonna go after a Medicare and instead.
We are that they campaign did what we call political jujitsu we took that opponents energy and flipped it and now gone on the attack against.
President Obama's campaign and said look you're gonna take 700.
Billion dollars out of Medicare to pay for obamacare it's Smart to put them on the defensive -- what they're doing our the next week or so is they're beginning to neutralize this issue -- Each car at a John Shannon price is now there's went used to make actually she got that -- Siemens shares had during the during the convention.
Right right when you go to the convention that that is gonna switch out to jobs in the economy but what they have to do.
Is neutralizes -- right now and they're doing an effective job over it and they know voters -- the number one issue -- Of voters' minds are now -- the economy but they also know that they want to keep the senior wrote.
In there they wanna keep it in the Romney camp and they don't want it to go away in fact Florida seniors it's -- a Mitt Mitt prove amid around me in approved Paul Ryan.
Far away to President Abbas.
Christening about the now the Republican senate Fujitsu I'll tell us -- a few years.
If it does say that's the move let's -- -- right.
They're gonna switch back -- jobs and the economy next week during the conventions.
The Democrats can sit back in and planned accordingly their next move Chris so what's your what do what do you think the Democrats are gonna go -- during that convention what's going to be the massive.
Spare me I think what you do is you you you point out I think the pathological hypocrisy of this ticket.
I mean here's what I think is so frustrating you know for the American people when you look at Romney right.
We will sit there and criticize Democrats about deficit and debt yet by his own budget they don't have any idea when about the budget gets balanced and -- add trillions to the debt.
They talk about Medicare -- their program actually guts Medicare they criticize the president about stimulus and you learn Ryan.
Actually sent letters to -- is constituents supporting the stimulus and so I think what you do is -- -- expose that fact.
When you scratch past the surface you -- nothing new.
No new agenda.
No new Pawlenty LA had placed second here right quick final thought yeah you know the we've got three year period -- years of watching the President Obama.
Did I give us a phony -- basically a phony administration and we still have high unemployment we have high deficits we've -- Hi dad hi spending he has nothing to show -- voters are not do not feel better off today than they did for.
Better off today than the you know did four years ago I.
I think he's right right there it's let's start heavy but -- -- -- to -- -- -- -- -- details.
Talk digits to you all that steps in authority have you -- back all right you thank you.
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