THE VILLAGES, Fla - Mitt Romney’s newly selected Vice-Presidential candidate made a stop in Florida Saturday to campaign, focusing on his views on Medicare.
He chose the state’s largest retirement community to do so, The Villages. In tow with him, Ryan brought along his 78-year-old mother who lives part time in Florida.
“Let me see a show of hands,” said the Wisconsin Congressman. “How many of you are 55 or over?”
Several people in the audience raised their hands.
Ryan told the group gathered, at The Villages town square, that the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan will not affect benefits for those in, or near retirement.
“And for those of us who are younger, when we become Medicare eligible we get a choice of guaranteed coverage options, guaranteed affordability, including traditional Medicare, so we can pick the plan for us,” said Ryan.
Just as there were numbers of supporters for Romney/Ryan, objectors to Ryan’s Medicare showed up to voice their opinion on the issue.
Mary Sharpe, an Obama supporter expressed her concerns for Ryan’s proposition, “I’ve heard they want to voucherize Medicare. That really scares me, because I don’t want anybody messing with my Medicare. Medicare has been very good to me, it’s the reason I retired as well as I did down here. ”
Darilyn Dolimpio, a Romney/Ryan supporter, stuck up for Ryan’s Medicare plans.
“I think it needs to be explained a little bit more clearly, so those that are against it understand that it’s not going to be taken away,” she said.
Ryan ended his appearance saying, “We can do this together, Florida, and the rest of America. We’ll get this country back on track. ”
After the event at the Villages, Ryan traveled to Treasure Island’s The Club for a private fundraising event.
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