When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan to be his running mate, the mainstream media last week warned Republicans against the dangers of discussing Medicare. Democrats could not contain their excitement, because they believed a discussion about Medicare would doom the Republican ticket.
But a funny thing has happened after Romney and Ryan ignored the mainstream media’s conventional wisdom.
By taking the Medicare fight to President Barack Obama and Democrats, Ryan put the Obama campaign on defense last week. Romney and Ryan will campaign in New Hampshire on Monday, and they will do so days after a defensive Obama campaigned in the Granite State and tried to painstakingly defend his Medicare record.
Last Wednesday, at Miami University of Ohio, Ryan took the Medicare fight straight to Obama.
“We want this debate,” he said. “We need this debate. And we will win this debate.”
Ryan’s comments were important because, unlike after the Romney campaign’s response on Romney’s taxes or the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling, Republicans were all on the same page in taking the Medicare fight to Obama.
Republicans attacked Obama for not having a plan to keep Medicare solvent and taking over $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare.