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Mitt Romney in St. Augustine, praising Paul Ryan and mentioning Medicare



Continuing his swing-state bus tour, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited this historic city Monday singing the praises of his newly announced running mate and continuing his attacks on the policies of President Barack Obama.

But Romney, who has a stop in Miami later, avoided laying out a specific economic plan of his own or saying which parts of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial proposal he would implement as president.

For example, Romney made no mention of Ryan's plan to replace the current Medicare setup with a system that critics say could require seniors to pay higher costs for medical care. Instead, Romney focused on Medicare cuts proposed by Obama.

"The president's idea for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion," he said. "That's not the right answer. We need to make sure we can preserve and protect Medicare."

Hundreds of people packed the courtyard of historic Flagler College in St. Augustine to hear the Republican nominee. Although he was running about an hour behind schedule, there were still dozens of people waiting to get inside the barricaded area when Romney took the stage.

Story by Tia Mitchell here.

[Last modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 11:41am]


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