http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/12/14398052-clinton-needles-ryan-the-day-after-the-vp-debate?lite#__utma=238145375.704844383.1342450203.1349371157.1350075617.13&__utmb=238145322.214.171.1240075617&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1350075617.13.12.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=msnbc&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cpolitics=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www. msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=264929740After Thursday night's vice presidential debate, former President Bill Clinton said he now sympathizes with Paul Ryan, the man he said had the "brass" to criticize President Barack Obama's Medicare savings in health care reform.
Stumping here for the Indiana Democratic party on Friday, Clinton said Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan "let the cat out of the bag" when he squared off against Joe Biden in Kentucky last night.
"You know, I kind of sympathize with Congressman Ryan, he has to defend now Gov. Romney's position that the $716 billion in Medicare savings in the president's budget -- that the congressman voted for -- is somehow a ripoff even though it was in his budget too."
Fact checkers have debunked GOP claims that Obama cut $716 billion from Medicare, and on the stump Clinton has vigorously attempted to defend Democrats record on the hot button issue, most notable at the Democratic National Convention, when he satirically quipped that Ryan had "brass" for critiquing cuts so similar to ones proposed in the budget he authored.
Romney campaign spokesperson Amanda Henneberg countered that "[Obama] has done nothing to reform Medicare for the long haul and prevent it from going bankrupt. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan that protects Medicare for current seniors and preserves and strengthens it for future retirees."