Ryan won’t be with Romney in Florida tomorrow; is he medi-scared to visit the Sunshine State?
Ryan will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit the state fair on Monday, while Romney will continue his swing state bus tour with a stop in Florida.
Romney adviser Kevin Madden denied that the campaign was keeping Ryan out of Florida because of his proposal to privatize Medicare for people under 55; tinkering with the program for the elderly has long been toxic in Florida politics.
“This has more to do with expanding our bandwidth,” he told reporters on Sunday morning. “Gov. Romney is going to be talking about the issues that are important to Floridians.”
Ryan, the architect of the budget plan “that makes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid and could allow for some privatization of Social Security,” could hurt the GOP presidential ticket in Florida, the Miami Herald reports.
“Ryan might have another Florida problem: He once opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a now-reversed stance that concerns some in Miami-Dade’s exile community, which is overwhelmingly Republican and had hoped that one of its own, Sen. Marco Rubio, would have been picked as Romney’s running mate. The county’s elderly Cuban population also relies heavily on government assistance, particularly Medicare.”
The more I think about the Ryan pick, the more I agree with one Democrat’s prediction — The cycle of reaction will be exactly the one with Palin: Press: Wow, interesting! … Democrats: Huh? … Press: He’s so dynamic – what a boost of energy! … Republicans: What a great speech. The base loves him! … Democrats: Uh oh! … Republicans: The big mo has shifted our way! … Press: He’s breathing new life, etc. … Democrats: But wait, there’s more! .. Press: Hmmmm .. Republicans: Uh oh.