Mitt Romney, yesterday, asked about Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan:
“[M]y plan for Medicare, it’s very similar to his plan for Medicare.”
Romney surrogate John Sununu, this morning, asked about the similarities in Romney’s Medicare plan to Paul Ryan’s policy:
“But it’s very different.”
I’m glad we got this straightened out. Here I thought the Romney-Ryan campaign might have a muddled message on the issue they’ve put at the center of the 2012 presidential race.
To help clarify matters, Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, told TPM, “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have always been fully committed to repealing Obamacare, ending President Obama’s $716 billion raid on Medicare and tackling the serious fiscal challenges our country faces.”
Except, as even the most ignorant policy directors surely know, every penny of savings Obama found in Medicare has been included in Paul Ryan’s budget, which Romney endorsed. (And if they repeal Obamacare, they’ll take away benefits for seniors.)
So, Romney/Ryan are now condemning the Romney/Ryan plan, while insisting that Romney’s and Ryan’s positions on Medicare are “very similar” and “very different.”
There may be voters who find this coherent and persuasive, but I don’t know why.