Paul Ryan: GOP Faces Messaging Challenge With Respect To 2012 Budget

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Republicans are running into a “communications challenge” in selling their 2012 budget proposal to Americans.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee who authored the 2012 budget, acknowledged the GOP faces obstacles but pushed back against the notion that it is losing a communications battle against Democrats, who have assailed Ryan’s proposal to significantly reform Medicare.

“I wouldn’t say we’re losing the communications battle — but we have a great communications challenge,” the Wisconsin Republican said on Fox News.

Democrats and outside liberal groups have loudly criticized the Ryan Medicare proposal, which would eventually transform Medicare into a kind of voucher program. Critics say the plan would threaten benefits for seniors and radically change the system into something unrecognizable from traditional Medicare.

Read more from Michael O’Brien at The Hill


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