Dold Won’t Run From Ryan Budget Votes

Schneider Blasts Republican for support of plan authored by vice presidential nominee.

National political pundits think Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) will try to run as far away from the national Republican Presidential ticket of Gov. Mitt Romney and the newly minted vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), as he can.

Despite those predictions, Dold is neither shying away from his own record or Ryan’s ideas. The North Shore Congressman, who is defending his seat against , thinks the presence of Ryan on the ticket will center the campaign on issues he considers most important.

“What the Ryan nomination will do is focus the campaign on fiscal issues we need to discuss,” Dold said. “It’s about jobs and the economy. It’s very important.” Dold has twice voted for the House Republican budget authored by Ryan.

Schneider jumped on Dold’s two votes for Ryan’s budget plan, particularly the parts that the Democrat claims will fundamentally change Medicare for people under 55. The legislation does not change Medicare for those over 55.

“Congressman Dold let us know exactly what his priorities are—protecting tax breaks for the wealthy by dramatically slashing funding for Medicare,” Schneider said. “Congressman Dold would rather force seniors to pay thousands more out of pocket for their health care than ask the top earners to pay the same rates that they did in the 90s, when we last balanced the budget.”

DCCC Makes Calls Into District Criticizing Dold

While Schneider was leveling his criticism at Dold, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is preparing a series of robo calls into the 10th District and 49 others across the country attacking Republican votes for the budget and claiming it ends Medicare as it is today.

“That’s patently false,” Dold said. He reiterated there is no change for those over 55. “People under 55 will have a choice or traditional Medicare or preferred (choice) as members of Congress have.”

According to Dold, the portions of the budget pertaining to Medicare were bipartisan being authored by Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Schneider does not deny the content of Wyden’s proposal but disputes Dold’s claims that the plan has the support of both parties.

“The only thing bipartisan about the Ryan Budget is its opposition," Schneider said referring to the fact this year’s version was opposed by every Democrat and 10 Republicans while remaining members of the majority voted for it.

Though Wyden wrote a paper suggesting changes to Medicare Ryan later adopted for his budget, the Oregon Senator does not think it preserves the Medicare guarantee.

“My view is that the policies that were adopted by the Republican House majority and the Romney campaign do not preserve the Medicare guarantee," Wyden said Tuesday in a Washington Post article.  

Local Leaders Like Ryan on Ticket

The Ryan nomination has galvanized local leaders of both parties. They all think it will have a positive effect on the outcome of the contest for the 10th District seat. State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) thinks Ryan’s entry into the race will force the candidates to inform the voters on the issues.

“Ryan’s presence on the ticket will insure Republicans and Democrats will be forced to articulate on issues allowing voters to make an informed choice,” Garrett said.

Both Moraine Township Republican Chairman Lou Atsaves and New Trier Township Republican Committeeman Bill Cadigan think Ryan’s presence on the ticket will tilt the race toward the incumbent.

“It will be good for Bob Dold and all other Republicans in the area. Every GOP activist will turn into a supporter,” Cadigan said. “It’s very clear independents will bring scrutiny to the federal budget process.”

Tenth Congressional District Democrats and Moraine Township Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash is focused on the Social Security and Medicare issues. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” she said. “Under Social Security and Medicare people will see the true difference between Republicans and Democrats.”

Like Cadigan, Atsaves likes the intellectual approach Ryan will bring to the campaign both at the national and 10th District level. “Ryan is an idea guy,” Atsaves said. “They (the Democrats) don’t have a plan.”

Nightcrawler August 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It's this kind of thinking that will destroy America.
Ellen Beth Gill August 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
USA is no where near bankrupt. You'll see, there will be plenty of money for the Iran War you all want so desperately. And even if the US was close to BK, big deal. Lots of cities and counties have gone bankrupt over the years and guess what? They still exist. People still live and work there. Governments are not profit making ventures. They're not supposed to be in the black. Even at bone basic, governments are supposed to provide some semblance of justice so folks don't go around killing each other, make sure the place doesn't fall apart and that people can get around reasonably safely, educate the kids, take care of the old folks, do what it can to prevent epidemics and such. New question is how Bob Dold is going to run from Paul Ryan and Todd Akin's concept of "legitimate rape". This isn't just talk, the pair sponsored legislation to redefine rape as only being rape when it's forcible. They haven't quite told us what degree of fight she'll have to prove to show she was "legitimately" raped. At the very least, Dold should be asked and answer the question: what will you do to make sure that the notion of "legitimate rape" does not overtake House discussion and debate about real women's health care issues such as the inability to find affordable insurance for themselves and their families?
ebuddha August 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Ellen, it is exhausting keeping up with your lies (or is it stupidity?). You say "The economy only unraveled when Republicans repealed important parts of that regulation". In fact, Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 was repealed by the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. The 1999 legislation was championed by President Clinton and received bi-partisian support in Congress. On November 4, 1999, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8, and by the House 362-57. Here is the story that appeared in the NY Times the day after it was signed into law: Depression-Era Rules Undone Clinton Signs Legislation Overhauling Banking Laws WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Reuters) – President Clinton signed into law today a sweeping overhaul of Depression-era banking laws. The measure lifts barriers in the industry and allows banks, securities firms and insurance companies to merge and sell each other’s products. “This legislation is truly historic,” President Clinton told a packed audience of lawmakers and top financial regulators. “We have done right by the American people.”
ebuddha August 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Ellen, you are a fool. You say "USA is no where near bankrupt. And even if the US was close to BK, big deal. Lots of cities and counties have gone bankrupt over the years and guess what? They still exist." Have you seen the aftermath of a country going bankrupt? Have you spoken to the people who owned their bonds or had the value of the currency slashed 90%? Your comments are so disconnected from reality that I can only ask you to go back under the rock you seemed to have been hiding under for a few months and stay out of the conversation so the adults can talk amongst themselves.
Michael Steinberg September 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Patch should have the journalistic integrity to investigate the facts in this article: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/21/dem-candidate-brad-schneider-americas-smallest-small-businessman. If, as it claims, Brad Schneider made no money from his small business, which he cites as a qualification for serving in Congress, the voters of the Tenth District need to know. I checked out Cadence Consulting's website (cadence-strategy.com) and it seems like the company really does nothing. No phone number or email address? No employees? No listed clients? But BICYCLING links? What's going on here, Brad Schneider needs to clarify because it seems as though his "business experience" is, at the very least, a fabricated hoax.


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