At the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton Wades Into the Fray Over the $716 Billion in Medicare 'Cuts'
Former President Bill Clinton always reveled in his position as explainer-in-chief, and he reprised the role at the Democratic National Convention last night with a plain-spoken account of the running battle over $716 billion of "cuts" to Medicare.
Democrats had headliners like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland bemoan the GOP approach to Social Security and Medicare. But it was Rep. John Larson of Connecticut who brought the Democratic National Convention crowd to its feet with his story of how the two programs have kept his mother cared for in her old age.
From mayors to members of Congress, and from governors to Cabinet secretaries, opening-night speakers at the Democratic National Convention pushed one of the biggest emerging issues of the 2012 presidential campaign - Medicare - into prime-time prominence.
Delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., went on record today as committed to keeping the "promise'' of Social Security and Medicare for older Americans. But their 2012 platform is short on details of their own plans to maintain the financial strength of both programs.
Now that the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa is history, the political junkies and undecided voters among us get to take the weekend off, before we immerse ourselves in still more hoopla and impassioned rhetoric at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4-6.
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