The selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate promised a clear, above-board debate over budgetary choices. So it was both puzzling and dispiriting to see Romney standing in front of a white board on Thursday, pointing out that Obama has sliced $716 billion from Medicare while Romney-Ryan will restore full funding. It wasn’t that Romney was presenting a self-serving view of the facts, but that he was unwilling to promote his own plan.
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