Next Stop: The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention begins tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today on “Fox News Sunday,” Obama Campaign Senior Strategist, David Axelrod, was asked how the Democrats can recapture the magic from four years ago. “We don’t have the problems the other party has, we are not divided, we don’t have to worry about what others are saying on the side, said Axelrod.”

With the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, Axelrod also explained that Governor Romney didn’t address how to help the middle class, and that he presented plans derived from the “failed policies of the past.” Axelrod continued, saying he sees no bounce for Republicans coming out of the convention.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa , who is also the Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, is expected to be a key figure in the upcoming events this week in Charlotte. Villaraigosa was interviewed today on “Fox News Sunday” and, like Axelrod, described the Republican’s policies as a “platform from another century.” As a representative to the Latino community, Villaraigosa firmly defended the Obama administration when asked about the President’s record over the last four years. The Mayor explained he thinks the president can get as much as 70% of the Latino vote and that President Obama's policies brought 2 million Latinos out of poverty.

Gibbs and Gillespie Debate Big Issues

The pick of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s running mate has brought the issue of Medicare reform to the forefront of the race, and both parties claim to relish the fight.

The Romney camp made clear immediately that the approach to Medicare reform in a Romney administration would be based on Romney’s proposals for reform, which bears some distinction from the plan House Republicans passed authored primarily by Ryan as budget chairman.

One important distinction the Romney camp is trying to draw is that of a $716 billion cut in growth to projected Medicare spending found in both the president’s health care law and the Ryan budget.

Romney has said he will repeal the entire health care law, including the $716 billion cut.

And his campaign has charged President Obama is raiding Medicare to fund health care.

Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs joined “Fox News Sunday” to make the case that the Obama administration has actually strengthened Medicare.

Reacting to Ryan’s visit to Florida’s The Villages, Gibbs said Ryan should “thank President Obama” for implementing policies to “extend the Medicare trust fund, help seniors with prescription drug costs, and provide preventative care.”

Gibbs, a former Obama White House press secretary, defended the $716 billion figure as cuts to root out inefficiencies in the program.

And while detractors criticize the president’s policy, Medicare’s Board of Trustees has reported that the cuts have actually extended the solvency of Medicare Part A, which deals with hospital insurance, until 2024, and a wholesale repeal of the health care law would cause that fund to become insolvent in 2016, just four years from now.

Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, pointed out that the estimate does not factor in any new reforms that might be put in place of the new health care law, and he argued that a Romney presidency would be prepared to address these projections with their own proposals.

Governor Romney’s proposal to reform Medicare would offer future seniors the opportunity to choose to stay in traditional Medicare or opt for a premium support system.

The Congressional Budget Office, in scoring a similar plan put forward by Congressman Ryan in prior years, had projected that future beneficiaries would have higher out of pocket costs than under the status quo.

Gillespie said the campaign disagrees with that projection.

It's Paul Ryan

Mitt Romney selected Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate today, shaking up the race for the White House. Governor Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan are campaigning in North Carolina tomorrow, which is part of a four state bus tour that started today in Virginia.

John Roberts fills in for Chris Wallace tomorrow and Fox News Sunday will be bringing you the latest on the 2012 presidential race.

Veep Beat 2012: Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

We will be spotlighting potential GOP Vice Presidential Choices for the 2012 GOP ticket.

This week we are spotlighting Senator Marco Rubio (R) of Florida.

Click here to watch our interview with Sen. Rubio from May 6, 2012

Click here For Sen. Rubio's Biography

Happy Birthday Mr. Sunday!

Monday, October 12th was Chris' birthday and we celebrated with a deliciously decorated chocolate cake. We even had a special photo of Winston, Chris' beloved yellow lab, added as an extra touch! Mr. Sunday's birthday wish? Well, we don't even know that one, but we had fun celebrating with him! 

"Fox News Sunday" Intern Leslie Hollis

Here at Fox News Sunday interns come and go, but today the FNS staff said farewell to a good one. Leslie Hollis is pursuing a M.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies at Howard University. Leslies dream job would lead her to become an on air sports reporter covering football and/or baseball, or as a television correspondent up on Capitol Hill. However, on her way to that goal shes looking to get some additional production experience in television, but is also open to the possibility of putting her talents to use in the area of public relations. During her time with Fox News Sunday, Leslie assisted with research as well as helping out with the sometimes arduous task of finding video. Everyone here at Fox News Sunday wishes her well in her future endeavors.


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