In his first post-Election Day television interview, former GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Monday that he doesn’t believe that the 2012 White House campaign was a referendum on his plan to cut the federal budget and overhaul entitlement programs such as Medicare.
“I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare,” Ryan told Jessica Arp, a reporter for Madison CBS affiliate WISC-TV, when asked whether the race was a referendum on his budget blueprint.
When Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his running mate, Democrats vowed to make Medicare a centerpiece of the campaign. But exit polls suggest that the issue was not as potent as Democrats had believed it would be. The GOP ticket won seniors, for instance, 56 percent to 44 percent; those numbers are not too different from four years ago, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won older voters 53 percent to 45 percent.
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