The Democratic National Committee’s “Rapid Response Team” just sent an email to state reporters announcing a conference call this morning that will use US Rep. Paul Ryan’s imminent fundraising visit, to criticize the national GOP agenda. Featured in the reporters’ call challenging the GOP’s vice presidential candidate will be US Rep. Chris Murphy, in a tough race against Republican Linda McMahon for the US Senate – and Elizabeth Esty, who is running against Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback in the 5th District. Also participating will be US Rep. Rosa DeLauro and state party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo. Ryan will be in the state for three fundraisers on Sunday.
Here’s some of the press release:
“…The Romney-Ryan ticket has vowed to end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would increase costs on seniors by $6,000 while Mitt Romney’s tax plan could apply taxes to Social Security benefits to pay for $5 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
Just recently we learned what Linda McMahon would do to Social Security if elected to the U.S. Senate. Like Romney and Ryan she would seek to erode the safety net many seniors rely on, noting before a gathering of Tea Party activist this year that she would seek to add a ‘Sunset Provision’ to the Social Security Act – potentially phasing out this vital program that gives seniors economic security.
Republicans have shown they are out of touch with the needs of America’s seniors, particularly those Mitt Romney wrote off when he said that 47 percent of Americans were victims who failed to take personal responsibility for their lives, including many hardworking seniors who worked their whole lives and now live on a fixed incomes.
Seniors shouldn’t be put down and they certainly don’t deserve to have the safety net they have worked hard for and paid into undermined by the out of touch policies of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Linda McMahon.”