Ryan praises Clinton, to draw contrasts with Obama

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ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Ahead of his speech tonight to the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton is winning praise for his work to reform welfare, save Medicare and cut spending. And that praise is coming from none other than Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Speaking today in Iowa, Ryan pointed to Clinton as a model of reform — for the purpose of painting Barack Obama as Clinton’s opposite. He told the crowd that Clinton brought welfare reform, but that Obama is rolling it back. He says Clinton worked with Republicans to cut spending, but that Obama has brought what Ryan called “a gusher of new spending.”

Ryan also said the Republican proposal to give seniors a choice of traditional Medicare or a fixed government payment to provide private coverage is one that came out of a Clinton commission that was assigned to save Medicare.

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