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GOP ticket tries to minimize differences on abortion, Medicare

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -

Differences between Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on abortion and other hot-button social issues are on display today.

For one thing, Ryan opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest, while Romney would allow it in those cases, and if it would save the mother's life.

But Ryan is brushing aside the differences, telling a Pennsylvania TV station that if the Republican ticket wins in November, Romney will be the one setting policy.

At the same time, Ryan says he's proud of his record on abortion. He's defending a bill he cosponsored in the House that would permanently ban federal funding for abortion except in cases of incest and what was referred to as "forcible" rape. Among the 225 cosponsors was Todd Akin of Missouri, whose comments last week on rape prompted Romney, Ryan and other Republicans to try unsuccessfully to get him to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.

The Republican ticket today is looking to attack President Barack Obama's stands on Medicare, and minimize the differences between Romney and Ryan on that subject. A new GOP ad says Obama raided $716 billion from Medicare to pay for his health care law.

Romney has promised to roll back the Medicare spending cuts approved under Obama, while Ryan kept the cuts in his budget proposals.

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