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Doherty walks a fine line in backing Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan

August 11, 2012

As might be expected, GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is applauding Mitt Romney’s VP selection of Paul Ryan while disavowing some of the things Ryan supports:

“I have had an opportunity to meet Representative Ryan and have found him to be an articulate, intelligent, and open-minded public servant,” began Doherty.  “While I do not agree with his proposals on Medicare and his opposition to the Simpson-Bowles Plan, I certainly commend his commitment to cutting wasteful government spending, reducing our federal deficit, simplifying the tax code, and mitigating the crushing burden of debt that we are leaving to our children and grandchildren.”

“I also respect Representative Ryan for his willingness to cross party lines and forge consensus on common sense ideas, as exemplified by the recent passage through the House of the Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012, which was co-sponsored by Ryan and his Democrat counterpart on the Budget Committee, Representative Christopher Van Hollen of Maryland.”

“I do not believe that one political party is good and the other is bad. I do not believe that one party is for the middle class and the other is against it. I believe that most Republicans and Democrats have the interests of America at heart and that the best proposals are often those in which members of both parties are able to put aside their differences and advance common sense solutions for the good of all Americans,” Doherty continued.  “Regardless of the outcome of the Presidential election, I will not be a Congressman who concerns himself with party labels, ideologies, or partisan rhetoric. I will focus on ideas that are formed through the cooperation of like-minded leaders from both parties, and those leaders then build consensus on both sides of the aisle. This is how America used to be, that is how it must be going forward, and Rhode Islanders can trust me to remain true to my commitment to bring a stronger voice of leadership to Washington, D.C. on their behalf.”

Doherty’s Democratic rivals, just as predictably, have hammered the selection of Ryan.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    August 12, 2012 5:56 am

    Love this pick! Serious men for serious challenges… Paul Ryan is fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time.

    Paul Ryan is a policy wonk AND a front-line warrior whose budget and long-term entitlement reforms have the entire Dem-Soros-lapdog media machine unhinged…

    Paul Ryan won’t cut and run when the going gets tough.

    Worn out from the blame game by our current business who couldn’t get hired by Job Lot, let alone any FOrtune 500 company.

  2. Nicole permalink
    August 12, 2012 5:58 am

    Wake-up call to Brendan: the Democrats in this state have brought it to its knees led by Ciccilline. They are bad, very, very bad indeed. Please, Brendan, no more “mealy-mouthed” reaching across the aisle crap. Cut it with the hackneyed cliches… it’s garbage. We need real leaders with real solutions and they ain’t coming from the folks (in the Senate) who haven’t passed a budget. Barack Obama will be the First Pres. in history to have NOT signed a budget in his first “four” (if he lasts) years.

    • trudy permalink
      August 14, 2012 3:00 pm

      Wow, don’t let facts get in your way, Nicole. Obama’s signed three budgets and will no doubt sign a fourth in his first term.

      I love how rightwingers can’t make their arguments unless they, how shall I put it delicately, depart from the truth.

      And you can hardly expect the Senate, controlled by Democrats, to rubberstamp any wingnut budget that comes out of the Republican House without requiring modifications

    • Mister Guy permalink
      August 14, 2012 10:04 pm

      “We need real leaders with real solutions and they ain’t coming from the folks (in the Senate) who haven’t passed a budget. Barack Obama will be the First Pres. in history to have NOT signed a budget in his first ‘four’ (if he lasts) years.”

      Nonsense. The U.S. federal govt. can’t operate without a budget. Has the budgetary process broken down in D.C. over the last few years? Sure, and the feds have been getting by mostly through continuing resolutions for way too long now. If the GOP wants to continually pass completely unserious budgetary nonsense like the Ryan Plan again & again then fine, but after those plans go nowhere, it’s up to the grown-ups in D.C. (of which Ryan is not a part of) to hunker down & pass something that can actually become the law of the land. That’s what real legislating is all about.

  3. Mister Guy permalink
    August 13, 2012 7:05 am

    Nothing that Paul Ryan stands has anything to do with “cutting wasteful government spending” or “reducing our federal deficit”. The Ryan Plan merely puts the federal govt. even deeper into debt while giving tax breaks to those that need them the least. That Plan is all about implementing a radical, Right-wing view of how govt. should “work”, period.

    “I do not believe that one party is for the middle class and the other is against it”

    …because Mr. Doherty simply doesn’t realize that the Party that he’s unfortunately a part of cares significantly more about the rich & the big business community than anyone else.

    • tim1999 permalink
      August 13, 2012 1:49 pm

      David Cicilline’s pride and joy ObamaCare slashes over 700 BILLION from medicare.
      Just keep repeating that FACT over and over and over again Brendan Doherty and you’ll do just fine.

      • trudy permalink
        August 13, 2012 2:01 pm

        Here’s where the reduction in Medicare spending comes from under Obamacare:

        1. reducing fraud.

        2. reducing excess insurance company profits, by requiring that the companies spend at least a certain percentage on medical care vs. their profits. If they spend less on medical care, they have to give refunds to the insured people. those refunds are already starting to show up.

        3, reducing excess profits in Medicare Advantage Plans. The Republicans introduced Advantage plans, which provide identical services to Medicare + Medigao plans, but charge 14-17% more. That excess profit is cut by Obamacare.

        4. Big Pharma reduces the prices it charges for medications in the Medicare donut hole by 50%.

        Not one dime of the savings in Obamacare comes out of the pockets of Seniors, other taxpayers, or anyone but BigInsurance, BigPharma, and crooks.

      • Mister Guy permalink
        August 14, 2012 5:53 am

        LOL…the 2010 health care reform laws cut around $500 Billion from Medicare Part C, which is the part of Medicare that was enacted in the 1990s as a private health insurance option for seniors that didn’t want to participate in traditional Medicare. At the time, the idea was that the private sector could do a better job at providing seniors with health care, so the reimbursement rates under Medicare Part C were made to be higher than traditional Medicare. The reality was that those private sector plans didn’t provide any significantly better care than traditional Medicare, so the reimbursement rates for those private plans were recently frozen at a level so that they’ll eventually be at the same reimbursement rate as traditional Medicare (and even playing field)…that’s where the $500 Billion over the next decade or so comes from.

        Oh, and BTW, the Ryan Plan keeps the same exact amount of those cuts from Medicare Part C in place.

    • trudy permalink
      August 14, 2012 9:10 am

      Yes, Mister Guy. Medicare Plan C is Medicare Advantage. As we both noted, it costs the taxpayer an arm and a leg compared to regular Medicare + Medigap and provides the same benefits.

      Whether Medicare Advantage was instituted by the Republicans because “the private sector could do a better job at providing seniors with health care” or whether it was a gift to their cronies in the insurance industry is left as an exercise for the reader 🙂

      In any event, the higher fees Plan C/Medicare Advantage charges are being chopped because of Obamacare, as well they should be.

      tim1999, I’m sure if you went to the store and saw two identical loaves of bread, one costing 14-17% more than the other, you’d buy the cheaper one. You’d say that was smart, not that you were depriving your family by spending 14-17% less on food.

  4. trudy permalink
    August 13, 2012 10:48 am

    Doherty already collects an annual six figure pension from RI taxpayers since he retired at age 52 (nice! set for life at 52 on our dime), I’d vote for a poodle instead of letting him add another six figures of taxpayer money annually in a Congressional salary.

    Doherty and his wife, according to projo, gave less than 1% of their income to charity last year. Wow, how generous of them. I give more dollars, and half my income is my Social Security.

    Any Senior or anyone who expects to one day become a Senior who votes for Romney/Ryan is doing themselves in. You can kiss goodbye Social Security and Medicare if those people get elected.

    And if the Republicans dismantle the new healthcare act, you can kiss goodbye:
    1. the ability to get insurance if you have preexisting conditions, 2. the annual refunds that have just started coming in on your insurance premiums if your insurance company spends too much on administrative costs and marketing, 3. the ability to insure your kids longer, 4. the 50% reduction in medication prices in the Medicare donut hole, and 5. the subsidies so that you can get insurance if you can’t afford it.

    Why anyone other than the 1% votes for these people is beyond me.

    • tim1999 permalink
      August 13, 2012 1:53 pm

      Brendan Doherty all you need to do is keep repeating how David Cicilline supports over 700 BILLION DOLLARS in Medicare cuts, aka abuse of seniors.

      • Mister Guy permalink
        August 14, 2012 5:55 am

        See above timmy…lol…


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