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Rubio: Ryan's Medicare Plan Helps Romney in Florida

August 29, 2012
When Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, conventional wisdom dictated that Romney had put himself at a distinct disadvantage in the key battleground state of Florida, where Ryan's controversial plan to reform Medicare wouldn't sit well with millions of government-dependent seniors.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio isn't buying it.

In an interview with National Journal, Rubio argued that Ryan's proposal will help -- not harm -- Romney's chances of winning the Sunshine State. He predicted that older voters will support Romney and Ryan because they are trying to "save Medicare" instead of pretending that nothing is wrong with the fiscally unsustainable program.

"Look, you have three million people in the state who are on Medicare -- one of whom is my mom, one of whom is Paul Ryan's mom," Rubio said. "These are people who understand the reality of Medicare: that it's spending more money than it takes in; that anyone who's in favor of leaving it the way it is is in favor of bankrupting it."

Rubio praised the GOP ticket for tackling the hot-button topic of entitlement reform at a time when many politicians won't acknowledge the problems facing the Medicare program. "They're looking for real solutions on how to solve this," Rubio said. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering a way to save Medicare that doesn't change it at all for current beneficiaries. And I think people here are going to be excited about that."

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