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Ryan Won't Join Florida Tour

Aug. 13, 2012

William March

Paul Ryan

Amid speculation that Paul Ryan's presence on the ticket could pose a risk in Florida, Ryan won't accompany Mitt Romney on his tour of the state today.

Instead, the new running mate will head for the Iowa State Fair, while Romney holds a rally at Flagler College in St. Augustine this morning, a roundtable on housing in Orlando mid-day, and an evening rally in Miami.

Democrats say Ryan's presence on the ticket could hurt Romney among Florida's large elderly population because of Ryan's well-known budget proposals, which include drastic changes in the Medicare and Social Security programs.

They were quick to leap on the Romney campaign's announcement that the presidential candidate will tour Florida, but without Ryan.

"Rather than vouch for Ryan on Medicare, Team Mitt sets up no-fly zone in Florida and sends new VP pick to Iowa," Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted Sunday, providing the lead item for a Florida Democratic Party news release.

Meanwhile, Democrats are answering the Romney bus tour, named the "Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class Bus Tour," with a "Middle Class Under the Bus Tour" featuring DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which will make a stop in Tampa this afternoon.

Sunday night, the Romney campaign said Ryan would be in Florida next weekend, specifically to talk about how Obama had cut Medicare funding for Florida seniors and the Romney campaign's plan to strengthen the program.

Asked why Ryan isn't coming to Florida today, Romney campaign spokesman Jeff Bechdel responded via email, "After tonight's homecoming event in Wisconsin, they are splitting off to cover twice as much ground."



Source: (c)2012 the Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services


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