Rather than shrinking away from attacks against their running mate's previous proposals to reform Medicare, the Romney campaign seems to be getting aggressive against Obama campaign jabs at Paul Ryan's plan and the president's own credibility when it comes Medicare. The campaign emailed a clip to the press from Romney's stump speech in Ohio Wednesday pushing back on the issue of Medicare:
There’s another promise he made. You know that every time you get a paycheck you see there’s a deduction there. It’s going to Medicare. It’s going into a trust account to make sure that when you retire, that there’s a health program there that will care for you. One of the things the President did which I find extraordinary, something he never mentioned when he was running for office. You see, when he ran for office, he said he’d protect Medicare. But did you know that he’s taken $716 billion out of the Medicare trust fund. He’s raided that trust fund. And you know what he did with it? He’s used it to pay for Obamacare, a risky, unproven federal government takeover of health care. And if I’m President of the United States, we’re putting the $716 billion back.
Romney has also reiterated criticisms of Obama cutting Medicare funds in a new ad released Wednesday. Avik Roy wrote a recent piece on National Review Online arguing that President Obama's cuts to Medicare are more than what Romney plans. Roy joined the "Real News" Wednesday to discuss the facts and whether Romney's current approach to the Medicare discussion is a winning argument: