Video: AARP audience boos Paul Ryan for ‘Obamacare’ comments
When Mitt Romney added Paul Ryan to his presidential ticket, there was some concern, and some excitement, that the young star might outshine the top of the ticket.
That hasn't happened. Ryan's efforts have been overshadowed by unforced errors by Romney over the last couple of weeks, and today, he became part of the story, but not in a good way.
At an AARP conference in New Orleans today, Ryan was booed repeatedly when he called for the repeal of "Obamacare" as a means to saving Medicare.
It started when Ryan said: "Seniors are threatened by Obamacare, a law that would force steep cuts to real benefits in real time for real people."
That was met with a call of "no" and some scattered booing.
He got some applause for saying, "if we reform Medicare for my generation, we can protect it for those in or near retirement today."
But that was followed by, "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare because it represents the worst of both worlds."
More boos, with what sounds like some applause mixed in.
"I had a feeling there would be mixed reaction, so let me get into it. It weakens Medicare for today's seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation."
And the booing went on from there. At least it's Friday?
Here's the video, courtesy of Talking Points Memo: