In an interview with ABC following his campaign announcement, Mitt Romney said that he would sign Paul Ryan’s Medicare overhaul plan if it crossed his desk. He also said that he would come up with his own strategy for reforming Medicare: “His plan is not the plan I’ll put forward, I have my own plan…. I’ll be putting that out before I debate President Obama.”
With that statement, Romney has taken the same stance as Tim Pawlenty. Except for Herman Cain’s full embrace of the Ryan plan, it is the right-most position on entitlement reform in the field so far.
One note: Politico‘s Jake Sherman suggested that there could be some confusion among GOP presidential candidates regarding the Ryan plan, because the current form of the Ryan plan is the 2012 House budget, and presidents do not sign budget agreements, as they are agreements between the House and Senate. It is very possible, however, that the Ryan plan could reach the desk of a president Pawlenty or Romney as legislation. That seems to be the scenario set out by the questioners in both the Romney and Pawlenty interviews.