Romney surrogate John Sununu was interviewed by Obama surrogate Soledad O’Brien this morning and what erupted was quite the battle. The question is whether the Romney and Ryan plans were the same when it comes to Medicare. The answer of course is no. Ryan’s plan assumes the cuts that Obama has already made to the program, they Romney plan restores them. But truth is too simple for Ms. O’ Brien who rivals Debbie Wasserman Shultz in her inability to stray from the democratic talking points.
While Sununu does destroy the biased O’Brien he does make a major gaffe at the end.
“I understand that this is a Republican talking point because I’ve heard it repeated over and over again,” said O’Brien “And these numbers have been debunked, as you know, by the Congressional Budget Office.”
“No they haven’t,” said Sununu.
“Yes, they have,” answered O’Brien.
“I have the Congressional Budget Office Budget report right here,” Sununu said, “Go read page 13 and 14.”
“I can tell you what it says, yes,” said O’Brien. “It cuts a reduction in the expected rate of growth, which you know. Not cutting benefits to the elderly. Benefits will be improved. The focus is on hospitals. The focus is on health insurance.”
“He gutted the program by $711 million,” said Sununu, “And the fact is he reduces services to Medicare beneficiaries currently on the package. What the difference is, is that Romney says no impact to anybody 55 or over. It is clear in here that the reduction in services start on January 1, 2013 and Obama stole that money to put it into programs under Obamacare…”
“The hospitals agreed to that,” O’Brien countered. “The drug providers agreed to that because their theory is that what they’re going to be able to do is make up by the number of people who come into the system. It doesn’t reduce or cut the benefits. Right….”
“Soledad, stop this!” said Sununu. “All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there….”
“I’m telling you what FactCheck.com tells you,” said Ms O’Brien, “I’m telling you what the CBO tells you. I’m telling you what CNN’s independent analysis does.”
“Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this,” Sununu answered
“You know. Let me tell you something, there is independent analysis that details what this about and repeating a number–”
“No there isn’t,” Sununu shot back
“Yes there is,” she replied.
“No,” Sununu said. “There’s Democratic analysis.”
The full debate is on the video below its a must watch (if you cannot see video below please click here to view it).
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Sununu’s gaffe is not apparent to the untrained eye, but the truth is Ms. O’Brien does not have a bumper sticker across her head, nor would she ever. Soledad O’Brien keeps her allegiance in a more private area.