It's probably the biggest issue Democrats are hoping will sway voters away from the Romney-Ryan ticket in November, yet coincidentally, it was also one issue CBS news producers edited out of the final video which aired Sunday evening. Medicare and entitlement reforms are hot issues, but apparently only if they're used to attack the GOP.
CBS edited this clip when the Romney-Ryan interview went to air:
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey tries to give CBS the benefit of a doubt here and suggests that perhaps the reason the network edited out Ryan's comments about his mother on Medicare in Florida is that they may be "saving it for the network news tonight, or for their morning show today?" They did use the above clip during their morning broadcast, but then again, Bob Schieffer also showed up this morning and attacked Ryan's budget as a policy that "really slashes into social programs."
SCHIEFFER: ...[Y]ou know, the one thing I should have asked Governor Romney was, let's talk about how your budget plan differs from his budget plan. I don't think it differs that much. But that's going to be one of the questions in this campaign, and I wish I had been – gotten a little more specific on that one particular point. That's going to be one of the questions here - exactly which parts of Governor [sic] Ryan's budget plan does Mitt Romney agree with, and – because there's some really tough stuff in there. I mean, he really slashes into social programs, and – I mean, it's across the board – in order to try to get this budget back into balance. And he argues you can do it without increasing revenue-
SCHIEFFER: And that's – that's where the rubber-
JARVIS: Which is taxes-
SCHIEFFER: Yeah. That's where the rubber hits the road on all of this.
Not only was this issue discussed then edited out of the final 60 Minutes interview, but it's also patently false. Ryan's proposal actually increases spending, but just at a lower rate than President Obama's plan.
Bob Schieffer should probably brush up on the facts before he hosts the presidential debate on October 22.
And just so we're all on the same page, the editors of the National Review have compiled this helpful primer on Paul Ryan's positions when it comes to Medicare.