WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent a quiet Sunday attending church with their families as the two politicians rested up for the campaign’s final 11 weeks and the approaching party nominating conventions.
While the Romneys enjoyed beautiful sunshine in New Hampshire and the Obamas endured rain in Washington, both men sent top advisers to the Sunday talk shows. These surrogates sparred mainly over Medicare and taxes, just as the candidates themselves have done for days.
The debate’s dominant topic remains how to tame Medicare’s explosive growth without hurting the millions of elderly Americans, and future retirees, who count on it to pay for health care.
TV interviewers pressed Romney aides to explain how the GOP ticket can restore a proposed $716 billion cut in Medicare spending’s growth over 10 years without worsening the program’s projected shortfall in funding.
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Mr. Ryan and Mr. Romney are now in accord. The $716 billion can safely remain in the program, he said, because Mr. Romney will “introduce choice and competition through more private plans.”
Mr. Romney also would trim benefits for wealthier people and gradually raise the eligibility age. None of his proposed changes would affect Americans now 55 or older.
“They’re going to use taxpayer dollars to give subsidies to insurance companies,” she said.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Republican adviser Ed Gillespie was asked about a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finding that, under Mr. Romney’s “premium support” proposals, “Medicare beneficiaries will bear a much larger share of their health care cost.”View Entire Story
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