"Don't demean the opposite side, don't demagogue Democrats," Ryan answered. "Invite them into a coalition to work with us, to talk, and then solve these problems. You see, you can get to common ground on these problems if you treat people with respect, without compromising your principles, and the very existence of this plan to save and strengthen Medicare, a plan that has been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, is existence of the fact that we can get this done."
Like at the Villages, Ryan's mom, Betty Douglas, was on hand to watch him and it was when he called her his "hero" that he received the warmest applause.
"When I think about Medicare, I don't just think about charts and graphs and numbers," Ryan said. "My thoughts go back to a house on Garfield Street in Janesville. My wonderful grandma, Janet, had Alzheimer's and moved in with Mom and me.... We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it's there for my mom today. My mom is here with me today. She is a Florida senior. That time in my life, when my nana lived with my mom and me, is when we grew the closest. I'm very proud of my mom, and I'm happy she is having a great retirement. Medicare is a big part of her security."