Romney, Obama take Sunday off from campaign but advisers duel over medicaid
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took Sunday off from the campaign trail and attended church with their families, as they geared up for the week ahead.
Obama was back in Washington after stumping in New Hampshire and attended church with the first family at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church, near the White House.
Romney also attended church with his family in New Hampshire. He also spent the day at his lake-front home after several days of fundraising.
On Monday, Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, will meet with voters in Manchester.
While the candidates took time off from the campaign trail, both camps sharpened their critique of the other's Medicare policies.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Romney's senior campaign adviser, Ed Gillespie, said the president's plan would hurt seniors by slashing $716 billion from Medicare to pay for the universal health care mandate.
"Now current beneficiaries affected by it and people who paid into that program for guaranteed health insurance are now seeing that money go to other purposes and that's wrong," Gillespie said.
Obama's senior campaign adviser, Robert Gibbs, countered on the same program that the money Romney's camp is referring to actually expands senior benefits.
"We found $716 billion in efficiencies and savings primarily by reducing the subsidy that the government was paying to Medicare Advantage through private insurance companies, something that was... not saving Medicare money as it was originally designed to do but in fact costing Medicare about 16 percent more than traditional Medicare," said Gibbs.
The president's campaign says Romney's plan to restore that money would cause the system to go bankrupt in just a few years.