Ryan Defends Budget Plan After Special Election

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AP

Rep. Paul Ryan defended his proposed budget blueprint and Medicare redesign after Democrat Kathy Hochul attacked the plan and the GOP House Budget Committee Chairman to win a traditionally Republican seat in an upstate New York special election. "The president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare," Ryan said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He also blamed the presence of a Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate on the ballot, Jack Davis, who took 9 percent of the vote. Hochul defeated Republican opponent Jane Corwin, a supporter of Ryan’s plan, in the race to replace a seat vacated by GOPer Chris Lee. Lee resigned after Gawker published a shirtless photo of the congressman he'd sent to a woman he met on Craigslist.

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