(Will update as other statements are released)
Mitt Romney has picked a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to putting tax breaks for the wealthiest before middle-class families. The radical Ryan budget plan, supported by Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta, would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system and adding thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors, in order to pay for new tax cuts for the richest Americans.
“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Paul Ryan all share the same goal of dismantling Medicare, a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “They want to let the legislature take over Medicare and strongly support Ryan’s plan to dismantle the program.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte says Mitt Romney has made a ”fantastic choice” in picking Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
We know our nation is at a crossroads and it will take real leadership, real ideas and the ability to work together to get us back on track – ideals that are embodied by the Romney-Ryan ticket.
NH-01 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter
While voting for all of the Bush era big spending, Congressman Paul Ryan tried to privatize Social Security. This Congress, he proposed to privatize Medicare, give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest, and to cut programs such as Meals on Wheels and student aid. Congressman Frank Guinta voted along with him on all the drastic budget cuts that targeted the middle class, and New Hampshire voters will reject their agenda in November.
Congressman Bass’ support for Paul Ryan’s budget plan has drawn sharp criticism from New Hampshire voters – and for good reason. His budget would end Medicare as we know it and make devastating cuts to education, research, and infrastructure while at the same time giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, oil companies, and outsourcers. That’s a plan to move our country backward, not forward.