Video: Romney, Ryan play offense on Medicare in 60 Minutes appearance

posted at 10:41 am on August 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

According to the ever-accurate E-Mail Outrage Sensor, CBS edited this clip when the Romney/Ryan interview went to air, although I wouldn’t know.  I didn’t watch 60 Minutes last night because … well, I don’t watch 60 Minutes at all (and I suspect that’s also true of most of the e-mailers).  However, if it’s true that the show didn’t use the last part of the clip, maybe they were saving it for the network news tonight, or for their morning show today?  After all, Schieffer isn’t a correspondent for 60 Minutes, so I assume the use of excerpts of this interview on last night’s show was as hastily arranged as the interview itself, and perhaps meant to promote a bigger platform.

It’s good news, though, that the 60 Minutes audience got a chance to see this swipe at the Mediscaring that had already begun over the weekend after Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan for his running mate.  It turns out that Ryan and Romney both agree that the best defense is a good offense:

Romney answered critics who say Ryan’s Medicare plan will hurt the ticket’s chances, especially in Florida.

“There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,” Romney said.

“What Paul Ryan and I have talked about is saving Medicare, is providing people greater choice in Medicare, making sure it’s there for current seniors. No changes, by the way, for current seniors, or those nearing retirement. But looking for young people down the road and saying, “We’re going to give you a bigger choice.” In America, the nature of this country has been giving people more freedom, more choices. That’s how we make Medicare work down the road.”

This is the part that readers claim was edited out of the broadcast, which if true would be journalistic malpractice:

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. That have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late ’90s.”

Ryan’s plan doesn’t affect those already eligible for Medicare.  In fact, one of the conservative criticisms of the plan was that he didn’t give current Medicare recipients the option to choose a private-insurance plan, as younger Americans will get once they become eligible.  That’s a pretty newsworthy detail, no?

The Ryan budget proposes the partial privatization of Medicare by turning it into a premium-support system within a federal exchange, where insurance companies compete for business while meeting coverage requirements.  That’s really no different than Medicare Advantage, which puts market power into cost control and gets the government out of paying providers over a period of several years.  It’s not a perfect solution, as it maintains the third-party-payer system that interferes with pricing signals, which is the main problem driving the cost spiral.  However, it’s as close as we can get to a good political solution, since there is absolutely no support for dismantling Medicare entirely, and it at leastlessensthe problems of price-signal opacity.

This demonstrates the advantage that Romney gets in picking Ryan as his running mate.  Democrats would have hung the Ryan plan around his neck anyway.  Now Ryan himself gets to answer those attacks on the biggest stage, and the more people hear what Ryan actually proposes, the more apt they are to like it.

Update: The CBS broadcast transcript shows pretty clearly that none of this actually aired on 60 Minutes last night.  The E-Mail Outrage Meter got this one right.


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He did, but were he from the left he’d be considered a “successful patriotic public servant”. As is, he’ll be falsely made into a “criminal, who kills old ladies”.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

and doesn’t even have to time travel to do it…

but in going so over the top you are giving us the platform to yell from the rooftops democrats…

Why did Barack Obama take 700 billion of YOUR money that you paid to Medicare and increase our national deficit to 1.7 trillion a year?

HAHAHA

Thanks bambi bots we couldn’t have done it without you.

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

You’re so mad that Ryan is the ultimate Washington insider and that it’s going to hurt him. No matter how much you shine that turd, Mittens can’t say Ryan being a DC lifer is awesome while all other DC lifers are hacks.

At least I have the bal*s to say (again) Obama’s pre-POTUS resume was a bit thin.

You just keep chugging the koolaid in a pouty huff.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Well there are lifer hacks in DC, that’s a fair statement and we do tend to look at them with a jaundiced eye if they’ve been skating and taking the easy out when faced with tough choices (like Obama’s habit of voting present). If you felt a little embarrassed about Obama’s thin resume before handing him the top job in the free world, well…you should have. But to try and tear down Ryan because you don’t feel he has the ‘right level’ of experience is pretty lame and indefensible as well. if 14 years in Congress doesn’t float your boat because you just want to keep giggling over his early work history, that’s your issue.

The whole color issue with Obama was never that he was black…it was that he was so green. It was never his skin color…it has always been the thinness of it that creates problems for him. He’s shown himself time and again to be one of the pettiest men to hold that role in decades, but that’s probably because he knows he doesn’t deserve to be there.

CitizenEgg on August 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

1) Right, so professors who teach people sh*t that helps them get jobs don’t create jobs. Right. Law students go to university so they can drive hotdog trucks around. Right. But just to confirm, you’re saying that the prereq for POTUS is experience in job creation?

2) Obama was, is, will always be a C- President. He was a big tough talker and then Wall Street and the hacks around him cut them off.

3) Confirm or deny: Ryan is a career politician who jumped immediately from university into the Dc cesspool.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Dave social justice can be delivered by a nation of Community organizing “Constitutional Lecturerers” like my pet dog can teach my son gemetry….

we need workers, we need competitive energy, we need indutry to have a low enough marginal rate to compete with china….

and dave sincerely thank YOU for stealing from senior citizens…..

You made what’s coming possible.

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The whole color issue with Obama was never that he was black…it was that he was so green. It was never his skin color…it has always been the thinness of it that creates problems for him. He’s shown himself time and again to be one of the pettiest men to hold that role in decades, but that’s probably because he knows he doesn’t deserve to be there.

CitizenEgg on August 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Two colors about obama matter:

Green-he spends it faster than anybody and has the understanding of how it is made that you would expect from a leader of a cargo cult….

Red-the color of the prism he sees society through.

That’s it and you have two of the sharpest calmest people in politics who are as offensive as “Leave it to Beaver” pointing it out soon….

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

OK, I mistyped my demand for commentators .. I meant C-BS, and the only one on the debate moderator list just HAPPENS to be Bob Schieffer !!
Let’s see if we can change that somehow !

pambi on August 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Rywall, watch this, and the omission, very carefully.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

CitizenEgg on August 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

——–

Point is: Romney foams at the mouth over the same old same old Washingtion lifers/insiders/culture and then he picks on as his VP and suddenly nooooo this DC insider is completely different from all the rest. Right. Talk about the world’s largest tap dance routine.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Look folks, it is time to push hard and be relentless about this CBS edit that has strategic consequences, given that scaring Seniors is the obvious strategy of the Dems and their friends of the MSM.

Contact the Romney campaign and tell them we expect to see them go on the offensive about this edit. We want ads playing showing the Seniors and everyone else what CBS did not allow them to see.

Let’s make this happen folks. I am contacting a Romney staffer I know in Florida. Please do likewise. Call them and e-mail them. It is time to take aggressive offensive action. Let’s do it!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

THANK YOU for being such a mindless Obama fan we couldn’t have done it without you buddy!

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM
——-
I’m not an Obama fan.
I’m a non-Romney fan.
Big difference.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

1) Right, so professors who teach people sh*t that helps them get jobs don’t create jobs. Right. Law students go to university so they can drive hotdog trucks around. Right. But just to confirm, you’re saying that the prereq for POTUS is experience in job creation?

They teach collectivism and other Utopian crap.
——–

We’re talking about law school here, not social science bullish*t.

Students at Law school couldn’t possibly be driven more by the desire to make money.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Well if you’re looking for hypocrisy-free government, I don’t know where to point you. Few of us here had Mitt as our number 1 choice, but nobody believes that the country would be better off with 4 more years of OJT for BO as opposed to someone with experience governing and the willingness to reach out to the ‘third rail’ of politics to talk about entitlement reform in a serious manner.

We’re worried about the present, but even more about the future problems that our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will face. Of the two politicians running for President, only one seems to really have a clue on how to govern and buddy, it’s not Obama.

CitizenEgg on August 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Point is: Romney foams at the mouth over the same old same old Washingtion lifers/insiders/culture and then he picks on as his VP and suddenly nooooo this DC insider is completely different from all the rest. Right. Talk about the world’s largest tap dance routine.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Ya know, if I thought you really cared about the good of our country like canopfor does, instead of just wanting to spread your liberal claptrap, I might give what you say some consideration.

But since I don’t, I’ll let this be my final interaction with you.

Flora Duh on August 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Contact the Romney campaign and tell them we expect to see them go on the offensive about this edit. We want ads playing showing the Seniors and everyone else what CBS did not allow them to see.

Let’s make this happen folks. I am contacting a Romney staffer I know in Florida. Please do likewise. Call them and e-mail them. It is time to take aggressive offensive action. Let’s do it!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Agreed and done. But these GOP putzes need to start sticking up for themselves.

rrpjr on August 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Talk about the world’s largest tap dance routine.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Obama and his capos and axel-turds

Students at Law school couldn’t possibly be driven more by the desire to make money.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

See Obama. His pockets were filled and will always be. He, however, aside from the illegalities with his ‘own’ house never made any.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

True, but pointing out that CBS cut this out of the broadcast, along with Ryan’s reference to his mom being “a Medicare senior in Florida” — that they tried to HIDE this information from voters in order to protect barack — will blow it up into an obamamedia scandal and MORE PEOPLE will hear the quotes and get the facts. It is IMPORTANT to do this right now — TODAY! — as the narrative is being set. It will make people understand, going forward, that barack and the media are LYING.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Completely agree, and one of the Romney super-PACs should jump in with a 30-second ad.

matthew8787 on August 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

That should help them speak with friends about this new ad, too.
http://thehill.com/video/campaign/243317-obama-web-ad-hits-romney-on-medicare-ahead-of-florida-visit

pambi on August 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Why did they agree to appear on 60 Min.s anyway?
Nobody whose mind isn’t already made up watches that crap.

Why do you people argue with trolls?
You can’t fix stupid.

FineasFinn on August 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Welcome to HotAir, Drudge readers.

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Why did they agree to appear on 60 Min.s anyway?
Nobody whose mind isn’t already made up watches that crap.

FineasFinn on August 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Old folks that live in Florida.

Romney had a great idea to try to hit these people with the truth before Obama had a chance to get to them.

But CBS pulled a Dan Rather to save Obama’s presidency.

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

True, but pointing out that CBS cut this out of the broadcast, along with Ryan’s reference to his mom being “a Medicare senior in Florida” — that they tried to HIDE this information from voters in order to protect barack — will blow it up into an obamamedia scandal and MORE PEOPLE will hear the quotes and get the facts. It is IMPORTANT to do this right now — TODAY! — as the narrative is being set. It will make people understand, going forward, that barack and the media are LYING.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Let’s get this on the front page at Red State folks; why isn’t it there already? And anyone with contacts in the Palin camp needs to apprise them of this…Palin said the other day she would have Ryan’s back. let’s move! Our great country is at stake!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I’m not an Obama fan.
I’m a non-Romney fan.
Big difference.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

You’ve carried donk water so well they offered you a job as an extra on the reimagining of Gunga Din buddy….

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM
and, mix red with green and get ?????
RAAAACIST !!
;-)

pambi on August 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Rush is talking about the CBS edit !!

pambi on August 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Rush is now talking about the edit!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Rush is now talking about the edit!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Awesome….we need hot air types to call in and say in every call “I don’t understand why barack Obama is trying to scare my mom or grandma when he already took 716 billion from them in medicare as a Republican Rush we need to protect the seniors already on it and fix this crisis so my son or daughter is not hurt.”

then add in local color like from back home….

“I also do not understand why Barack Obama thought it was necessary to hurt the Delphi Workers in Ohio and destroy their pensions but somehow the UAW was protected and wound up with a big bloc of shares….?”

PUSH IT HARD…..

THEY HAVE PLAYED INTO OUR HANDS THE WHOLE TIME!

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

1) Right, so professors who teach people sh*t that helps them get jobs don’t create jobs. Right. Law students go to university so they can drive hotdog trucks around. Right. But just to confirm, you’re saying that the prereq for POTUS is experience in job creation?

They teach collectivism and other Utopian crap.
——–

We’re talking about law school here, not social science bullish*t.

Students at Law school couldn’t possibly be driven more by the desire to make money.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Yeah, they are all about making money, but also about that social justice crap..the irony of ironies being that they make tonnes of money on the back of often poor people, and then they go on and on about inequalities and similar crappola…..oh, and to make their hipocrisy compete, in an efflrt to assuage their ‘guilt’ they donate to the Dims big time to help make said ‘social justice’ happen (mainly through theft from the majority of population and then redistribution) ) …take look at the stats and check who do lawyers donate the most to, as a group….and that tells you everything you need to know…

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

take look at the stats and check who do lawyers donate the most to, as a group….and that tells you everything you need to know…

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Most politicians in DC are lawyers. The right is also culpable on this. Both sides are in cahoots with the media too. The RINOs love their lavish lifestyles as much as the looters on the left.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

True, but pointing out that CBS cut this out of the broadcast, along with Ryan’s reference to his mom being “a Medicare senior in Florida” — that they tried to HIDE this information from voters in order to protect barack — will blow it up into an obamamedia scandal and MORE PEOPLE will hear the quotes and get the facts. It is IMPORTANT to do this right now — TODAY! — as the narrative is being set. It will make people understand, going forward, that barack and the media are LYING.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2

Let’s get this on the front page at Red State folks; why isn’t it there already? And anyone with contacts in the Palin camp needs to apprise them of this…Palin said the other day she would have Ryan’s back. let’s move! Our great country is at stake!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Hep, they should make a big deal out of this, becaue it is the only big demaoguing issue that the dumbocrtas have left after everything exploded in their stupid facez, the killing grandma meme…take this away from them and they are left with really nothing to run their campaign on……talking of Palin, can somebody post this editing saga on her FB i am guessing she is not reading herself all comments and stuff, but am sure her staff does…I will check if anubody posted this on Romney FB page and if anybody really suggest/request to adress this edits/cuts in an ad that will play in all swing states (and not oly)….

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

From the CBS own website and they include the part of the text they cut from their program.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57491634/60-minutes-romney-ryan-answer-critics-of-medicare-position/

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. That have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late ’90s.”

Yes Ryan did add that, but they chose to edit it out.

JeffinSac on August 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM

take look at the stats and check who do lawyers donate the most to, as a group….and that tells you everything you need to know…

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Most politicians in DC are lawyers. The right is also culpable on this. Both sides are in cahoots with the media too. The RINOs love their lavish lifestyles as much as the looters on the left.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

You paint everybody with a broad brush and make sweeping generalizations..

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Ryan is so not a “fiscal conservative.” We are being lied to again by the GOP.

His early “Roadmap for America’s Future” didn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt.

Ryan’s revised plan does not balance it until the 2030s but ads $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone”

How about we actually pay for the government we have NOW. That’s a fiscal conservative.

Ryan is part of the problem not the solution. Think we have seen this dance before no?

cancons on August 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Ryan is so not a “fiscal conservative.” We are being lied to again by the GOP.

His early “Roadmap for America’s Future” didn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt.

Ryan’s revised plan does not balance it until the 2030s but ads $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone”

How about we actually pay for the government we have NOW. That’s a fiscal conservative.

Ryan is part of the problem not the solution. Think we have seen this dance before no?

cancons on August 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

i’m ok with balancing the budget by 2030, makes perfect sense…it’s more realistic anyways. You can’t balance it NOW, unless you are completely detached from reality…

jimver on August 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Drudge linking to Hot Air…

… Pretty keewwlll!

Seven Percent Solution on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Scummy Biden invoking Ryan’s dead father in questioning Ryan’s values:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-invokes-paul-ryans-deceased-father-question-vp-candidates-values_649913.html

Democrat scum.

itsspideyman on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Last week I mentioned an even more sinister possibility, namely that O’bama could use some pretext to “postpone” the November election due to some “national emergency.”

Del Dolemonte on August 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Some say that, but I don’t think it’s possible. Liberals are just dying to prove themselves ‘right’ and ‘superior’. We conservatives need the election to save the country, while the Left needs it to validate liberalism. It would be a totally unpopular move, on all counts, and even Obama knows it.

What I foresee is a lot of legal wrangling, with the endless counting of chits, chats, chads, and a crapload of meaningless chit-chat. Racism will be called in, with judges being forced to decide if a person voted against Obama because he/she ‘seemed’ racist. Only a few test cases will be needed.

If it all comes down, at the end, to show the election is valid, Obama’s narcissistic ego will never let him believe it. I anticipate he’ll order the SS to stop any attempt to let a President Romney into the White House, which will entail activation of the 101st, as the duly-elected president has authority to order.

I also expected a defeated Obama to commit suicide two years after he is forced out, unless he becomes head of the UN.

Obama can live with being notorious like is Ted Bundy. Obscurity is something his smug snooty ego could never handle.

Liam on August 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I don’t think little Bammie has the cojones to lead something like that, but Valerie Jarrett, -definitely. I can see her holding out in the White House with hardware stolen from the Secret Service closet. “Say hello to my little friend.”

She does kind of look a bit like Tony Montana.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The Five on Fox News channel were just discussing the edit out of the Romney and Ryan response to the narrative that Ryan’s budget cuts Medicare.

The Romney Campaign needs to take action immediately to start refuting this false narrative before the Dems have defined Ryan with the Mediscare meme. Call the Romney/Ryan campaign folks. They need to get out in front on this matter. Time to expedite!

SheetAnchor on August 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I was watching Special Report with Bret Baier and they’re discussing Ryan’s Medicare proposal and how it will affect only people under 55. I thought Medicare was for people over 65 only. Why are they talking about people under 55? Are people between 55 and 65 eligible under special circumstances?

Riddle me.

timberline on August 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I was watching Special Report with Bret Baier and they’re discussing Ryan’s Medicare proposal and how it will affect only people under 55. I thought Medicare was for people over 65 only. Why are they talking about people under 55? Are people between 55 and 65 eligible under special circumstances?

Riddle me.

timberline on August 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

It has to be phased out, the benefit should be maintain for the 55-65 crowd because they were misled the majority of their working lives and we need to honor our promises….

the young (I am 40<—–) can recover and almost be whole but Ideally my grandkids will not have every check be a lie.

harlekwin15 on August 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I’m not an Obama fan.
I’m a non-Romney fan.
Big difference.

Dave Rywall on August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Who let this Lame Drywall in here?

Nutstuyu on August 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I don’t think little Bammie has the cojones to lead something like that, but Valerie Jarrett, -definitely. I can see her holding out in the White House with hardware stolen from the Secret Service closet. “Say hello to my little friend.”

She does kind of look a bit like Tony Montana.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Yeah, maybe Tony’s a$$, and that’s an insult to a$$es everywhere.

Nutstuyu on August 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I’m not going to lie, I wish we could get rid of this program of wealth distribution.
But I know ir’ll never happen bcs the votes won’t be there.
Sometimes you gotta wean critters slow cuz if ya don’t, they die.

Badger40 on August 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Ryan is part of the problem not the solution. Think we have seen this dance before no?

cancons on August 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You’re right.
Vote Obama. That’ll fix things.

Badger40 on August 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

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