Republicans seek to distinguish Romney from Ryan on budget

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Associated Press

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 12 at 3:02 PM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney's campaign is putting some distance between the presidential candidate and his new running mate's controversial budget proposals today.

Romney's selection of Paul Ryan has injected some energy into Republicans as the two campaign together in battleground states this weekend. But with Democrats characterizing Ryan's ideas as outside the mainstream, campaign officials are emphasize it will be Romney's vision that will set the agenda.

Democrats have decried Ryan's budget proposals, saying they'd turn Medicare into a voucher system and gut education and other programs. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod tells CNN that Ryan's selection "is meant to thrill the most strident voices in the Republican Party" but should trouble the middle class, seniors and students.

But senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie says while Romney would have signed Ryan's budget if landed on his desk as president, he will "be putting forward his own budget" if elected.

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175-w-39-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent, with David Axelerod, senior Obama campaign advisor and Reince Preibus, Republican National Committee Chairman)--Mitt Romey's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate sharpens the philosophical differences between the presidential campaigns. AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports. (12 Aug 2012)

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179-a-13-(Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager, Obama re-election campaign, in interview)-"grow our economy"-Obama campaign official Stephanie Cutter says President Obama's economic plan is clearly different than the one offered by the Republicans. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *179 (08/12/12)>> 00:13 "grow our economy"

177-a-11-(Eric Fehrnstrom, senior advisor, Romney presidential campaign, in interview)-"without a conscience"-Senior Romney advisor Eric Ferhnstrom says the campaign is betting that the American people want a debate on the issues, rather than personal attacks. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *177 (08/12/12)>> 00:11 "without a conscience"

176-a-14-(Eric Fehrnstrom, senior advisor, Romney presidential campaign, in interview)-"to massive exaggerations"-Senior Romney campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom says the attacks from the Republican ticket are just more of the same from the Democrats. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *176 (08/12/12)>> 00:14 "to massive exaggerations"

178-a-08-(Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager, Obama re-election campaign, in interview)-"to the top"-Obama campaign official Stephanie Cutter says the budget plan offered by Congressman Paul Ryan is not good for the country. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *178 (08/12/12)>> 00:08 "to the top"

168-a-08-(Mitt Romney, R-Mass., presidential candidate, at campaign rally)-"come roaring back (cheers fade)"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the tough economy will improve. (12 Aug 2012)

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169-a-11-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R- Wis., GOP Vice-Presidential candidate, at campaign rally)-"from creating prosperity"-Congressman Paul Ryan says small business is suffering under the Obama administration. (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *169 (08/12/12)>> 00:11 "from creating prosperity"

172-a-09-(David Axelrod, senior advisor, Obama re-election campaign, in interview)-"the American people"-Senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod says Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan shows that the Republicans are drifitng further to the right. COURTESY ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *172 (08/12/12)>> 00:09 "the American people"

173-a-10-(David Axelrod, senior advisor, Obama re-election campaign, in interview)-"onto senior citizens"-Senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod says Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's record as head of the House Budget Committee includes what he sees as an effort to gut Medicare. COURTESY ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *173 (08/12/12)>> 00:10 "onto senior citizens"

171-a-16-(David Axelrod, senior advisor, Obama re-election campaign, in interview)-"on the wealthy"-Senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod says Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, is far too conservative. COURTESY ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *171 (08/12/12)>> 00:16 "on the wealthy"

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<<CUT *170 (08/12/12)>> 00:09 "along with Greece"

167-a-14-(Mitt Romney, R-Mass., presidential candidate, at campaign rally)-"we didn't have"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he wants to reverse poor economic choices that have been made in recent years. (12 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *167 (08/12/12)>> 00:14 "we didn't have"

159-a-15-(Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), chairman, Republican National Committee, in interview)-"makes everything worse."-Republican party chairman Reince Preibus is pleased Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to tackle entitlement reform. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet The Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)). (12 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NCMA105: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, listens to his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., campaign at the NASCAR Technical Institute Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. in Mooresville, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (12 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NCMA102: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., left, campaign at the NASCAR Technical Institute Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Mooresville, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (12 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NCJM101: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive at a campaign rally Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Mooresville, N.C. at the NASCAR Technical Institute. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek) (12 Aug 2012)

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