Add this to the list of reasons why I don’t understand Romney picked Ryan.
Romney needs Florida or it’s over for him. And he has built up a lot of good will between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s influence down there.
But Paul Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system. And Floridians aren’t very excited about that.
From Miami Herald:
Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is the architect of the Ryan budget plan that makes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid and could allow for some privatization of Social Security. And that’s widely seen as a politically risky stance in Florida, a must-win state for Republicans.
Ryan might have another Florida problem: He once opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a now-reversed stance that concerns some in Miami-Dade’s exile community, which is overwhelmingly Republican and had hoped that one of its own, Sen. Marco Rubio, would have been picked as Romney’s running mate. The county’s elderly Cuban population also relies heavily on government assistance, particularly Medicare.
Polls indicate that voters over 50 years old — who make up more than half the Florida electorate — are wary of changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which together pump about $96?billion yearly into the hands of the elderly, the infirm and the hospitals, doctors and other providers who give them care.
We’ll see how the polling will go, but Romney seemingly made his path to victory more difficult in the Sunshine State.
More as it develops…