Top White House Adviser Labels Ryan Budget ‘The Romney-Ryan Plan’

In an apparent new messaging tactic for 2012, White House senior adviser adviser David Plouffe labeled the new Paul Ryan budget the “Romney-Ryan plan,” seeking to tether the GOP presidential frontrunner to the budget blueprint released last week.

“The Ryan plan — which, by the way, is supported by the presidential candidates. So Mitt Romney is the frontrunner, this is really the Romney-Ryan plan,” Plouffe said on Fox News Sunday. “It will be rubber-stamped if Mitt Romney is elected president. It fails the test of balance, and fairness and shared responsibility. It showers huge tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires, paid for by seniors and veterans.”

“The right approach is the president’s approach,” he added, grilled by Chris Wallace on the president’s budget. “That also allows our economy to grow. It doesn’t strangle education, doesn’t gut investments in clean energy. So, it’s the right path to grow the economy and reduce the deficit.”

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