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Hasner wants to ride the Paul Ryan plan to Washington

Newt Gingrich twisted himself in knots over Ryan plan. A Democrat was just elected to a strongly Republican district in New York, at least partly thanks to backlash over Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to cut future Medicare benefits by turning it into a voucher program. In Miami yesterday Truth Telling Tim Pawlenty wouldn't take a clear position on whether he supports the Ryan plan or not.


Clearly, this is a debate - even a litmus test for many Republicans  that makes a lot of Republicans uncomfortable. But not Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner, who is embracing Ryan's plan with gusto.

"While others stick their fingers in the wind to see what the election results from last night mean for their support of the Ryan Plan, I remain steadfast in my support,'' he said in a statement today that brought smiles inside  the Florida Democratic party headquarters. "In fact, my only complaint with the Path to Prosperity Plan is that it does not go far enough, fast enough, to address Washington's unsustainable spending. Unlike my opponents, I would vote for the plan without hesitation, because I know that the alternatives are rationed care and declining healthcare options, watching Social Security and Medicare slowly go bankrupt, or America faltering under the weight of unsustainable entitlement programs."

George LeMieux implied in a recent Newsmax interview that he supported the plan ("If you’re 55 or older, nothing is going to be changed,” he said. “But for those of us, like me, who are under that age, we’re going to have to make some changes or we are not going to have these programs in the future or we are not going to have these programs in the future.”), but has not given an unequivocal statement. We asked for one and have not had a response yet.

Mike Haridopolos, meanwhile, was decidedly vague when asked about it on Political Connections on Bay News 9: It still has some issues, but he is moving us in the right direction."

Hasner's campaign smells blood: "Given Mike Haridopolos' repeated waffling, we ask, again, would he vote for the Ryan budget this week were he in the Senate or would he join liberal Republican Senators like Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski in opposing it?,'' asked Hasner adviser Rick Wilson.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 4:22pm]


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