Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will spoke at a retirement community in Florida, Saturday.
Ryan was accompanied by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Ryan Douglas, when he speaks at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community. His mother lives in Florida for part of the year and spend the rest of her time in Wisconsin.
During his speech, Ryan emphasized that his plan for Medicare would leave health care benefits in place for current seniors and anyone over the age of 55. He said that his generation would see reforms to prevent the program from going bankrupt. He said that the plan that he and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney support originated in the Clinton White House and was based on a choice between the traditional Medicare program and a voucher for private insurance.
The community is considered a Republican stronghold. A Sarah Palin rally at The Villages in 2008 drew a crowd of 30,000 to 60,000 supporters. Paul Ryan will likely focus on how his plan to reform Medicare will benefit current recipients, an issue the Obama campaign has focused on since the V.P. pick was announced.
This is the first time the Wisconsin Congressman has campaigned in Florida since being named as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Mitt Romney campaigned at The Villages in January.