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Political Perceptions: The Ryan Medicaid Questions

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The choice of Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney’s running mate has pushed Medicare onto the front pages. That’s because the Wisconsin congressman wants to make sweeping changes in the program to slow the growth in its costs, essentially giving future elderly a set sum to shop among competing private insurance plans (much as President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act would do for some low- and moderate-income families not covered by government insurance).

PBS NewsHour: In War of Words, Presidential Campaign Charges Include 'Hatred' and 'Unhinged'

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The campaign rhetoric being used by the presidential candidates is charged, tough, and no holds barred. Gwen Ifill talks to political strategist Mo Elleithee and Rick Tyler about why campaigns think negative campaign ads work, especially with the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour news cycle.

Why Paul Ryan is really different

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What makes Paul Ryan's budget so different from those of earlier generations of Republicans -- including Jack Kemp (his mentor) and the last three Republican presidents?

Romney seeks to undercut Obama's likability lead

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Mitt Romney is portraying the outwardly calm President Barack Obama as a man seething with animosity and power lust as the Republicans seek to undermine one of the Democrat's greatest campaign strengths — his personal likability.

Paul Ryan to meet major donors behind closed doors

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will meet behind closed doors with donors and fundraisers in Las Vegas at the Venetian hotel, owned by casino mogul and formidable campaign donor Sheldon Adelson. The Wisconsin congressman will meet with members of the Nevada finance team on Tuesday evening - his first such event as part of Mitt Romney's campaign - but members of the media will not be allowed to attend.

PBS NewsHour: Ryan Resonates with Republican Base, But Will His Policies Fly Overall?

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Rep. Paul Ryan is best known for 'Path to Prosperity,' a fiscal blueprint to overhaul Medicare and cut Medicaid. Gwen Ifill talks to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Robert Greenstein, Heritage Foundation's Patrick Knudsen and Roll Call's Steven Dennis on whether Ryan's policy record will help or hurt the GOP ticket.

The Ryan Boost: Romney and his new running mate are electric on the campaign trail, but how long can the fun last?

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Bob White, Mitt Romney's partner at Bain Capital and close campaign confidante, gave Paul Ryan the ultimate compliment. "We would have hired him at Bain," he told a campaign colleague. The buoyant 42-year-old Ryan did look a bit like the junior partner in the duo's first sit-down interview with Bob Schieffer on 60 Minutes, matching Romney with a checked shirt and blazer. As Ryan kicked off his first two days of campaigning he was crisp, effective, and eager to show that the boss' confidence was not misplaced. "We know who we are. We know what we believe.

Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to shift the campaign debate; will the gamble pay off?

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It doesn’t take a political genius to see where the contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney is heading. With Rep. Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, the campaign is looking at a full-throated debate over the future of Medicare. Are Romney and Ryan ready? There is plenty in Ryan’s budget blueprint — and by implication, Romney’s platform — that will spark debate and controversy. The size and shape of Romney’s and Ryan’s proposed tax cuts already are under attack by Obama and the Democrats.

New campaigner Ryan under fire from hecklers and Obama

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Republican Paul Ryan got a taste of the rough side of a presidential campaign on Monday when protesters heckled him and President Barack Obama accused him of blocking emergency aid to drought-hit farmers. The new vice presidential hopeful from Wisconsin - who brings Midwestern credibility to White House hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign - mingled with locals at the Iowa State Fair, a popular spot for politicians keen to show their common touch in a state where Obama and Romney will be in tight competition.

Mitt Romney’s chemistry experiment

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Mitt Romney’s risky gamble in naming Paul Ryan as his running mate will hinge on whether the Republican nominee can use the choice to reshape voter attitudes about his own character and leadership style, and avoid becoming ensnared in a defensive debate about Medicare and other popular programs. An initial rush of favorable polling or publicity in the next few days, if it comes, won’t mean much for the Republican nominee, according to strategists in both parties and veterans of previous campaigns.