Romney wants Ryan not to overemphasize his Medicare plan

Romney wants Ryan not to overemphasize his Medicare plan

Washington : DC : USA | Aug 18, 2012 at 3:44 AM PDT
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Romney’s vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, has avoided using the term Medicare on the first four days on the campaign trial, giving a hint that the Presidential nominee wants the conservative hero to play it safe and talk only on the points that would not raise a controversy.

Ryan is considered to be the Republican’s budget architect and is described as the intellectual leader of the House Republican caucus. However, with his pick as the Vice Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has taken a significant step towards defining the approach his presidency will take once he wins the bid to the White House.

"I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney's executive and private sector success outside Washington," Ryan said upon being unveiled as the VP pick Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., according to a report by CBS News. "I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation."

Nonetheless, Romney’s Boston headquarters prefer that the House Budget Committee Chairman talks about issues other than the Medicare. And now when he has finally touched the topic, he only skimmed through the campaign talk points outlined by Mitt Romney himself.

"We will not duck the tough issues," Ryan declared in Virginia on Friday. "We will lead." Ryan is careful in the questions he takes from reporters and the interviews he agrees to. "I'm joining the Romney ticket," Ryan told a news channel this week. "It's not the other way around. So I'm supporting the Mitt Romney plan," Ryan said after Romney sketched his own Medicare plan in a news conference this week calling it virtually identical to Ryan’s.

While Romney hopes that picking up Paul Ryan will fill out the likability gap he has with President Barack Obama, he’s making sure that Ryan’s plan does not overshadow his own candidacy. Nonetheless, experts say that Ryan will be playing a more active role on the campaign trial in the days to come, as well as once he wins the elected office.

Romney is aware of the problems running mates can create if trusted prematurely in the race, one big example of which is Sarah Palin in 2008 and senator Dan Quayle in 1988. Even though Ryan is assuring the senior citizens that his plan is designed to save Medicare, Romney’s campaign managers want the vice presidential nominee to move forward with extreme caution.

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Paul Ryan on the campaign trail (Image: Reuters/Evan Semon)
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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