Medicare Stakes

October 20, 2012 - 11:34 AM
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a town hall meeting at Ariel Corporation in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. As the election nears, Republicans and Democrats alike say Medicare is working to their political advantage in campaigns for the White House and Congress. They can't both be right, and no matter which side is, this is one campaign clash with consequences extending well beyond Nov. 6. Given the millions that both sides are spending, the winner of the presidential election may be able to claim a Medicare mandate. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)