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Republican candidates are going to try to have it both ways. But you can't support the Ryan plan and want to preserve Medicare any more than you can have an affair and still be faithful to your spouse.
Political reporters are notoriously bad at covering these kinds of policy debates because they are so easily bamboozled by the double talk. Democrats are rarely as clear on these matters as they should be, although this time it looks like Democrats are catching on.
We're going to be tracking candidates' positions on this issue very closely, smoking out the bamboozlers and the double-talkers. It's a totally fair question on one of the critical issues of our time: Do you support Paul Ryan's plan for phasing out Medicare?
No candidate for federal office should be able to dodge this question. It's that simple.