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Inslee Links McKenna to Romney-Ryan

August 14, 2012

On Monday, we reported that North Carolina GOP gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory was the only Republican trying to distance himself from Paul Ryan's controversial plan to reform Medicare. Now the Ryan issue cropped up in Washington's gubernatorial race, where former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee tried to tie Republican nominee Rob McKenna to Mitt Romney and his new running mate. The Longview Daily News:

In an hour-long interview with The Daily News' editorial board, Inslee tied his GOP opponent Rob McKenna multiple times to the Romney/Ryan presidential campaign. He said McKenna and Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman Romney picked Saturday as the GOP vice presidential nominee, are too conservative for Washington.

"My opponent is part of the 'Rob-Ryan-Romney' plan to take the state backward," said Inslee, a former Bainbridge Island congressman. "I'm happy to stand with President Obama, who's going to win this state."

Overall, it should be much easier for gubernatorial candidates to distance themselves from their party's presidential ticket and national agenda -- unlike congressional candidates, they would never have to vote on the Ryan plan (or anything else).

But in Democratic-leaning Washington, where President Obama is expected to easily win this year, it makes sense that Inslee would attempt to tie his GOP opponent to the top of the ticket.

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