(Washington Post) – GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan got boos â€“ as well as some applause â€” from the crowd at the AARPâ€™s annual convention here Friday morning as he delivered an address in which he touted his plan to overhaul Medicare and harshly criticized President Obama, who addressed the seniorsâ€™ advocacy group via satellite ahead of Ryan.
He was loudly booed several times for pledging to repeal Obamaâ€™s signature health care law. But he received applause from the crowd when he spoke about his family and noted that his 78-year-old mother, Betty Douglas, was in the audience, just as she has been at other events where Ryan has focused on entitlement reform.
â€œYou know President Obamaâ€™s slogan, right?â€ Ryan told the crowd of seniors gathered in a ballroom of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday. â€œâ€™Forwardâ€™ â€” forward into a future where seniors are denied the care they earned because a bureaucrat decided it wasnâ€™t worth the money.â€
â€œLie!â€ one woman in the crowd yelled as others booed. â€œLiar!â€ yelled another.
The crowd was silent for most of Ryanâ€™s speech and applauded him as he took and left the stage. But some attendees responded with loud disapproval of Ryanâ€™s criticisms of Obama as well as during some of his descriptions of his own Medicare plan.
At one point, when Ryan told the ballroom that â€œall that we need now is leaders who have the political will to save and strengthen Social Security,â€ one man loudly quipped: â€œGot one!â€
At other points in his speech, scattered attendees yelled out, â€œNo vouchers!â€ and â€œTax the one percent!â€
Ryanâ€™s address, much like Obamaâ€™s remarks via video earlier in the day, was both a sharp critique of the other side as well as a defense of the candidateâ€™s plans for the future of the popular health care program for the elderly and the disabled.