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Are Romney and Ryan in sync on Medicare? It's a work in progress.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan appear to be very in tune on a personal level, but they are still working out the kinks of their different policy pronouncements – particularly on Medicare.


Republican Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin talks to supporters during a campaign rally in Lakewood, Colo., Tuesday.

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As campaign companions, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan couldn’t be more in sync. Reports from the trail show a personal rapport born of a joint love of spread sheets and a sense that Congressman Ryan could easily be another Romney son.

But as a fully gelled presidential ticket, Mr. Romney and Ryan appear to have some work to do. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, entered the presidential fray with a high-profile budget plan to his name – one that calls for dramatic cuts to spending and taxes, and changes to entitlements. The press has zeroed in particularly on Ryan’s plan for Medicare, which would remake the federal health plan for seniors into a voucher-like system.

At first, Romney struggled with the Medicare question, almost seeming unprepared. Now he goes first for a reminder that he’s the top man on the ticket, not this new kid on the block everyone’s talking about.

“Well, first of all, Congressman Ryan has joined my campaign,” Romney told CBS “This Morning” Wednesday, when asked about the Ryan’s plan for Medicare. “And his campaign is my campaign now, and we're on exactly the same page.”


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