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George LeMieux: I would have voted for Ryan plan

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux tells Buzz that while he prefers his his own deficit-cutting plan - freeze federal spending at 2007 levels - he would have voted for the Paul Ryan budget plan. His proposal balances the budget faster, LeMieux said, but Ryan deserves Kudos for offering up a bold and specific plan.

"Look, if I were in the senate last week when they voted on this thing, having the choice between doing nothing and letting Medicare fail in the next 10 years I would have voted for the proposal,'' LeMieux said. "We're not going to save this country from financial disaster unless people start entertaining serious proposals"

No proposal is serious unless it looks at entitlement spending and defense spending, he said, though he said he prefers an alternative to Ryan's plan to replace Medicare with vouchers to shift more cost from the federal government to seniors. Instead, LeMieux said he would support raising the retirement age for people under 55 and means testing.

"If you're making a lot of money in retirement you'd get less or you wouldn't get anyything," he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 9:53pm]


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