“In Tampa, Congressman Benishek told those in attendance at the Republican National Convention that he was disgusted by what is going on in Washington D.C.,” said Lonnie Scott, Communications Director for Protect Your Care Michigan. “Congressman Benishek’s constituents are disgusted too; they are disgusted by they fact that their Congressman has been on break for five weeks and has yet to hold a single town hall to hear from the residents of his district. By voting strictly along party lines and supporting the Romney/Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it, Congressman Benishek has shown that he is more interested in his party than representing the people of his district.”
Video: Dan Benishek: A Troubling Record on Medicare
Ryan’s Medicare scheme may cost Benishek his seat
Even before Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan to the ticket, our Battleground polling results indicated an erosion of support for Republicans, largely based on Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare and entitlements. The advantage Republicans held among seniors in 2010 has been completely decimated. Across these Republican districts, incumbents now hold just a two-point lead with voters over age 64—a group Republicans won by 18 points in 2010.
New Ad From Democrats Attacks Michigan Lawmaker on Medicare
The attack ad represents part of a larger strategy by Democrats to make a prominent issue of Medicare, which they perceive as a major political weakness of Mr. Ryan’s budget plan. That tack has already extended to some Congressional races, including ones in Montana and Florida.
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Members of Fox Run’s Resident Advisory Council, which works with administration and residents, recently formed a Political Awareness Committee because “it was important for our residents to be aware of what’s going on,” said committee member Peg Quigley. There will be another forum on ballot issues, and residents also hope to draw U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and her opponent Republican Pete Hoekstra, she said.
Campaigns Jockey For Upper Hand In Medicare Debate
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A Dishonest Convention Speech
You’re going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan’s speech on Wednesday night. And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan’s speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country, and eventually with the swing voters who will decide the election.