destroy Medicare by turning it into a privatized voucher system is deeply unpopular. He knows that the plan turned a Congressional race in an upstate New York Republican district into an upset Democratic victory. The bottom line is that Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty could see himself signing Ryan’s bill. What more do you need to know about him? Ben Smith has the quotation:
Pawlenty: First of all, I applaud Congressman Ryan for his courage and his leadership in putting his plan forward. At least he has a plan. President Obama doesn't have a plan. The Democrats don't have a plan. And I really applaud his leadership and his courage in putting a plan on the table. Number two, we will have our own plan; it will have many similarities to Congressman Ryan's plan, but it will have some differences, one of which will be we'll address Social Security. He chose not to; we are addressing Social Security. And the Medicare part of our plan will have some differences, too. It will have some similarities also. So we'll have our own plan. But if I can't have my own plan — as president, I'll have my own plan [but] if I can't have that, and the bill came to my desk and I had to choose between signing or not Congressman Ryan's plan, of course I would sign it.