THE VILLAGES, FLA -- Paul Ryan made his first Florida appearance since joining the Romney ticket, speaking Saturday morning in The Villages in Sumter County, the world's largest retirement community.
Despite the ongoing debate over the future of Medicare, Ryan, with his mother at his side, received a warm welcome in what is known as a GOP stronghold. Rich Cole, president of the Villages Republican Club of Sumter County, says Florida seniors are more concerned about what President Obama is doing to Medicare than Ryan's ideas for reforming the program for future retirees.
"They don't affect people who are currently on Medicare, so I think we are very much concerned, in general the conversation is about the $500 billion that was taken out by Obama, not what Ryan proposes to do for the future."
Cole says seniors are very concerned about their children's futures.
"The generation to follow us is not going to have it as good as we had it if things don't change. We did better than our parents and our parents and so forth but I don't think you're seeing that now and there's a lot of concern about that."
A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Floridians over age 65 favor the Romney-Ryan ticket over President Obama and Joe Biden by 24 points.