Fla. Democrats Ready To Battle Ryan On Ideas

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/Herald) — Florida conservatives aren’t the only ones celebrating after Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate on Saturday morning.

Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is the architect of the Ryan budget plan that makes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid and could allow for some privatization of Social Security.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports that is widely seen by Democrats and most analysts as a politically risky stance in Florida, a must-win state for Republicans, where retirees cast a suspicious eye on changes to the three major government-entitlement programs that pump about $96 billion yearly into the hands of the elderly, the infirm and the hospitals, doctors and other providers who give them direct care.

By picking Ryan, Romney shows he’s ready to fight for conservative changes to the liberal-legacy programs.

“We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!” Ryan said in his official…

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