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.
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
BREAKING: A large group of old people are about to beat the crAARP out of Paul Ryan.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 21, 2012
BREAKING: Paul Ryan's handlers evacuate him from AARP convention, holding angry crowd at bay with Werther's Original cannon— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 21, 2012
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Paul Ryan: "Under my plan, seniors won't get billions in savings like they do w/ Obamacare. But they will get a useless voucher" #AARP— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 22, 2012
I just got it! Paul Ryan reminds me of a sleazy villain from any 90's Disney film.— Justin Cristelli (@Therealmanos) September 22, 2012