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Washington, DC -- Campaign for America’s Future’s co-directors Roger Hickey and Robert Borosage said that the GOP running mate choice of Rep. Paul Ryan offers a stark choice for the country.
“With the selection of Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has painted the election as a clear choice. Will America choose the radical course of more top end tax cuts, paid for by ending Medicare as we know it, gutting spending on education, and essentially erasing government services from student loans to clean water?” said Robert Borosage. “Or will it choose the common sense course of fair taxes on the wealthy enabling us to afford vital investments in education, in rebuilding our roads and sewers, and in protecting Medicare and Social Security of the next generation?”
“The Ryan selection also reaffirms the Rove strategy adopted by the Romney campaign,” Borosage said, “They will seek to mobilize the right, even at the expense of alienating moderate and independent voters. The Ryan pick indicates they will double down on the negative ads and dishonest charges. Their campaign is likely to get uglier not more sensible.”
Roger Hickey said, “The Obama campaign is putting out statements saying choice of Paul Ryan means GOP is doubling down on austerity: tax cuts for the wealthy and tax increases and budget cuts to everyone else – including destroying Medicare and cutting Social Security. This message is a clear winner for Democrats – and leads to what most Americans want: jobs and help for the middle class.”
Campaign for America’s Future’s senior writer Richard Eskow said, “The GOP has cast its lot with the radicals who want to end our middle class way of life. This creates the opportunity for Democrats to cast this race in stark terms, between what works and what doesn't, between what has made us the Land of Opportunity for generations and what has not.”
An analysis of the Ryan Budget: http://themiddleclass.org/bill/h-con-res-34-establishing-budget-united-states-government-fiscal-year-2012