Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming back to Virginia, the state where he made his debut as Mitt Romney’s running mate last weekend.
Ryan will headline a Friday rallies at Deep Run High School in Henrico County and West Springfield High School in Fairfax County, according to Romney’s campaign.
Ryan’s return to Virginia comes on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day campaign swing through Southside and Southwest Virginia, which wrapped up today at Virginia Tech.
Romney’s selection of Ryan has touched off a heated debate over Medicare that has trickled down to Virginia’s high-stakes U.S. Senate race. Democrats have attacked Ryan’s proposal to revamp Medicare and create a voucher system for future seniors to purchase private insurance coverage, even though Romney is distancing himself from the proposal. Republicans continue to attack President Barack Obama over a provision in the federal health care law that would reduce future Medicare spending and direct the savings toward services such as preventive care for seniors. Republicans accuse Obama of cutting more than $700 billion from Medicare over the next decade, even though the same cuts were embedded in Ryan’s Medicare proposal.
– Michael Sluss