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Sen. Wyden Mentioned In VP Debate

OPB | Oct. 12, 2012 9:44 a.m. | Portland

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was referenced in the Vice Presidential debate fray Thursday night.

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The Republican nominee for Vice President, Paul Ryan, has often brought up his work with Wyden on a Medicare position paper. And he did so again last night while debating Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Paul Ryan: “This is a plan that’s bipartisan. It’s a plan I put together with a prominent Democrat senator from Oregon.”

Joe Biden: “There’s not one Democrat who endorses it.”

Paul Ryan: “It’s a plan…”

Joe Biden: “Not one Democrat who (inaudible).”

Paul Ryan: “Our partner is a Democrat from Oregon.”

Joe Biden: “And he said he does no longer support (inaudible).”

Senator Wyden waded in after the debate on his Facebook page.

He worked with Ryan on a position paper late last year.  But he criticizes the current proposal from Ryan and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

He says it differs from the Wyden-Ryan paper in significant ways. Wyden says, for example, that the plan “shreds” the safety net for so-called “dual eligibles,” those who are on both Medicare and Medicaid.

He writes, “The Romney/Ryan plan on Medicare is further proof that Mitt Romney is singularly unfit to end gridlock and bring bipartisan solutions to Washington.”

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