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Political Chat: The Wyden Connection, Non-Endorsements And Sales Tax

OPB | Aug. 17, 2012 3:28 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:21 a.m. | Portland

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Mitt Romney named his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Saturday. And it didn’t take long for Romney to invoke an Oregon lawmaker to burnish Ryan’s credentials as a bipartisan.

Romney touted Ryan’s work with Sen. Ron Wyden on a policy paper on Medicare. Wyden says he stands by the paper he created with Paul Ryan, whom he calls a “good fella.”

“The fact of the matter is that Mitt Romney is the head of the ticket; he’s in charge, he calls the shots,” Wyden said earlier in the week. “And I haven’t seen any evidence that he would protect the Medicare guarantee.”

Wyden is also quick to point out it was just a policy paper, not legislation.

In other political news, The Oregonian newspaper announced in an editorial that it won’t endorse a presidential candidate this year. And in Port

land, mayoral candidate Charlie Hales proposed a state sales tax to help fund education.

Our political guys, Bill and Jeff, have joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst; he’s at the OSU Media Center. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian; he’s on the line. Listen to the full conversation by clicking the link.

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