President Obama once counseled against the very attacks his campaign is launching against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying during a January 2010 appearance that politicians shouldn’t demonize proposals by charging they would harm seniors:
We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, “Well, you know that’s – the other Party’s being irresponsible, the other Party’s trying to hurt our senior citizens.”
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And yet, in a new video, the Obama campaign says exactly this, flashing across the screen this judgment about Ryan’s Medicare proposal: “It hurts seniors.”
The ad is the spearhead of a comprehensive campaign designed to do what Obama claimed to be against.
In the just the 48 hours since Mitt Romney announced his selection of Ryan, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod has said “Republicans don’t like Medicare,” and that Ryan’s plan would “ship thousands of dollars of costs onto senior citizens.”
In a fundraising email, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Ryan’s plan would “destroy Medicare” and amount to “dismantling the nation’s social safety net.”
The attacks are sure to only escalate.