Soledad O’Brien and Mitt Romney backer John Sununu got into a fierce shouting match about Medicare and Paul Ryan on Tuesday’s “Starting Point.”
Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor who is never less than enthusiastic in his media appearances, came ready to rumble with O’Brien, and rumble they did. The topic: the difference between vice presidential candidate Ryan’s controversial budget plan and Romney’s own plan. O’Brien said that the two plans appeared very similar.
“Isn’t the Ryan plan the Romney plan?” she asked. “No, it isn’t,” Sununu said.
O’Brien then read a quote of Romney saying it would be “marvelous” if the Senate passed Ryan’s plan. “That sounds like a lot of support. Am I wrong?” she said. Sununu repeated that Romney had his own plan.
Things went wild, though, when Sununu said that Romney’s plan would not “gut” Medicare by $717 billion as Obama’s and Ryan’s had. O’Brien immediately said that this was a “Republican talking point” whose figures have been “debunked.”