WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has reignited a boisterous, full-throated debate about the House GOP approach to deal with out of control deficits.
The issue has touched off a flurry of ads and accusations in the presidential race. Medicare now also stands at the forefront of congressional races as well, as candidates seek an edge with 11 weeks to the November elections.
Republicans have a tight grip on control of the House - 240 seats to 190 for the Democrats with five vacancies. Democrats need a net of 25 seats to reclaim control. But Republicans and Democrats alike see the GOP maintaining control of the House, with Democrats perhaps gaining upwards of 10 seats or Republicans picking up a handful.
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