COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, and the embrace of the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Paul Ryan got his start in politics, as a young staffer just out of college, working for then-Congressman John Kasich’s Budget Committee. Ryan cut his teeth working long, tireless hours for Kasich, helping him slash programs for working families, grinding progress to a halt, and laying the groundwork to shut down the federal government.
“Kasich made a big mark on Ryan, which became entirely clear last year when Congressman Paul Ryan followed in the footsteps of his mentor, proposing a radical, ideological budget that would end Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system. These men are truly cut from the same cloth.
“Romney as president would be bad enough, but Ryan as Vice-President would be catastrophic and take us back to the policies that crashed our economy. Ryan would pound a sharp stake into the heart of Medicare, and we won’t let that happen.”