POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 5:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — His opponent got the weekend buzz by picking a running mate, but, in drought stricken Iowa, today, President Obama created his own buzz, as only an incumbent can by ordering the federal government to buy $150 million worth of meat and fish from hard hit farmers.
The President said the Farm Bill, frozen on Capitol Hill, would help more. And singled out Mitt Romney's running mate for helping block it.
Iowans are seeing Ryan today. He too went to that swing state.
A chaotic event. His speech repeatedly disrupted when a guy shouts at Ryan, "Stop the war!"
Romney's pick puts him in potential trouble in Florida, a state full of people using Medicare, that Ryan wants to shrink.
But in St. Augustine, Romney charged: Obamacare did that.
"The President's idea for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion. That's not the right answer; we want to make sure we preserve and protect Medicare," says Romney.
Under Obama healthcare, Medicare payments to doctors and drug companies will drop, not the benefits to seniors.
Under Ryan's proposal, seniors would get vouchers for private insurance, ending Medicare as a government entitlement.