By Justin Sink - 03/30/12 11:53 AM EDT
The video is the latest effort to handcuff the likely Republican nominee to a budget proposal Democrats argue would devastate Medicare and Medicaid programs on which the nation's poor and elderly rely.
The DNC video, which reimagines Dean Martin's classic "That's Amore," blasts Ryan and Romney for the House budget plan that suggests significant reforms to Medicare and Medicaid and deep cuts to government programs like Head Start and Pell Grants.
"What vision for the future do Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan share? Ending Medicare as we know it so that millionaires and billionaires can get a tax cut. Giving millionaires and billionaires an average $150,000 tax cut, paying for it with deep budget cuts that cost jobs and hurt average Americans, especially seniors, veterans and children," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.
The Web video hammers that message home, playing off the original lyrics of the song to mock the Ryan budget.
"When they meet to prepare / Ways to end Medicare / that's amore," the narrator sings, as an image of Ryan and Romney bordered by a stylized heart appears. "When old Willard goes nuts / for the congressman's cuts / they're in love."
Republicans — including Romney — have argued that the Ryan plan represents a blueprint for the types of dramatic reforms needed to rein in out-of-control federal spending and budget deficits.
"I'm very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It's a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it's very much consistent with what I put out earlier ... I applaud it. It's an excellent piece of work and very much needed," Romney said earlier this month.
But Democrats see political advantage in tying Romney to Ryan's plan, and especially the proposal that would dramatically overhaul the Medicare program through a voucher system.
"The Romney-Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it and helps big insurance companies while putting the guaranteed coverage seniors have earned and paid for at risk — in order to give a tax cut to the wealthiest few," Woodhouse said.