The White House is rolling out a new rebuttal to the GOP proposal, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), to cut Medicare spending by revamping the program, saying Ryan’s prescription is necessitated only by the need in the plan to pay for the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich.
“[The Ryan plan] is driven by the need to fund these tax cuts,” said White House Press Secretary Carney.
During a meeting today between President Obama and the House Republican caucus, Ryan accused Obama of mischaracterizing his plan, to which Carney responded that Ryan and the White House disagree on its meaning for the country.
The rhetoric pitching rich against poor by suggesting Republicans would rob seniors in order to aid the wealthy comes even as Carney said President Obama wants to cool the rhetoric as a way to facilitate bipartisan negotiations to cut the deficit and avoid a debt default.
Carney also refused to distance the White House from acerbic broadsides being launched by White House allies, arguing that a television commercial depicting Ryan as throwing grandma off a cliff was the natural result of anger stirred by the Ryan proposal.