Saturday, September 22, 2012

Seniors Boo Paul Ryan at AARP Conference


Story from CBS News
On Friday afternoon, Paul Ryan addressed the AARP’s National Annual Conference in New Orleans. The GOP vice presidential candidate attacked Obamacare for taking $716 billion out of Medicare — the very same cuts he included in his budget — and made the case for transforming seniors’ health care from a guaranteed benefit into a premium support “voucher” program.
The address didn’t go over well. Audience members called Ryan a “liar,” told him to “go home” and the repeatedly booed his critique of President Obama and health reform.

From Raw Story
“The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare,” Ryan said, pausing as the audience in New Orleans booed and shouted, “No!”

“I had a feeling there would be mixed reaction,” the candidate said, but the booing continued. “It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation.”

That, too, was met with audible groans and jeers.

“It funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement that we didn’t even ask for,” Ryan insisted.

“No!” people shouted.

Although Ryan seemed to be unfazed by the heckling, his explanations and assurances never convinced the AARP audience, who continued booing him throughout the remainder of his speech.


His mom is there with him. Wonder how she's taking it, wonder if she knows why they react this way. Will she ground him?
~ comment by joynow on Daily Kos

Payback's a bitch for Lyin' Ryan, isn't it?
~ comment by Molly Weasley on Daily Kos

Let's see who they have pissed off.
  • Seniors? Check
  • NASCAR fans? Check.
  • Cookie bakers? Check.
  • Military? Check.
  • Veterans? Check.
  • Middle class? Check.
  • Lower middle class? Check.
  • Upper poor class? Check.
  • Poor class? Checks.
  • Students needing Pell grants? Check.
  • Rock musicians? Check.
  • Country music fans? Give them time.
  • Women? Double check.
~ comment by Shotput8 on Daily Kos

The sound you hear Mitt and Paul . . . is taps.
~ comment by jsfox on Daily Kos

Frankenstein got a better reaction than that from the torch-and-pitchfork brigade.
~ comment by teachme2night on Daily Kos

It's becoming increasingly clear - barring a tectonic event, this election will be a disaster for Republicans. A lot can happen in 1.5 months, but for now it's enough to make this little liberal heart flutter.
~ comment by Darth Cyclohexane on Talking Points Memo

O.K., so lying didn't work so well. Now try scolding. Send Ann Romney to straighten those seniors out: "Stop it! Just stop it. You people don't realize how lucky you are to have Mitt running for President."
~ comment by on bearclaw on Talking Points Memo

"Sending our little granny starver into an AARP event wasn't a mistake," — Team Romney, in about an hour.
~ comment by on Brett H. on Talking Points Memo

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