Medicare Accusations in Local Congressional Race

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

LANCASTER N.Y. (WKBW) The announcement that Mitt Romney has selected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate, is forcing the issue of Medicare to take center stage in the race for the new 27th Congressional District.

Congressman Paul Ryan was the driving force behind the Republican 'Ryan Budget' that included privatizing medicare along with other cost saving measures.

"I didn't support it a year ago, but my opponent, last year, did - and my opponent still does. So, it changes the dynamic of the race," said Democrat Congresswoman Kathy Hochul for the 26th Congressional District.

Congresswoman Hochul is hoping to be elected to represent the 27th Congressional District, but she is being challenged by Republican, and former Erie County Executive, Chris Collins.

"I've never supported the Paul Ryan budget that's in the past. I've never supported any cuts to medicare, and medicare advantage, which she has and that is why she is a hypocrite," adds Collins

Last year, the 'Ryan Budget' was passed in the house along party lines, but defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The 27th Congressional District is newly formed after a redistricting plan was finalized and approved by the courts