Flash Poll: Georgia Democrats say Paul Ryan Pick for VP can help Obama Win

A Patch panel of Democratic elected officials and activists say the Ryan pick draws a stronger contrast between presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

A Patch poll of Georgia Democrats found that most respondents think Mitt Romney’s decision to tap Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate could make it easier for Democrats to paint the GOP ticket as out of touch with the middle class.

“Romney is now absolutely married to the tax breaks for the rich, tax increases for the middle class, gut the programs for everybody but the 1%,” one respondent said.

Most of those who took part in the nonscientific flash poll agreed that Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, will ‘galvanize’ Democrats in the Peach State. Twenty Democratic elected officials, candidates and activists completed the nonscientific survey over the weekend.

Several respondents said they didn’t think the Ryan selection would make a big different in Georgia, which has been a safe Republican state in the past several presidential races, though it could help Democrats in other key states.

“They [the Romney-Ryan ticket] will have to defend public policy that is antithetical to the needs of middle and working class Americans,” said one respondent.

Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that the Ryan pick would give Democrats a chance to win the presidential race by running against the Congressman’s budget plans, which would reduce spending on Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Sixty percent strongly agreed and 30 percent somewhat agreed with the statement, "Now that Ryan is on the ticket, Georgia Democrats can win by running against Ryan's existing budget plans and particularly his proposal for Medicare."

Still, Democratic respondents were less strong in their opinion on whether the Ryan pick would help Democrats win the support of senior citizens in Georgia. Forty percent agreed with that statement and 15 percent somewhat agreed.

When asked if they felt the Ryan nomination would “galvanize” Georgia Democrats, 35 said they strongly agreed and 40 percent said they somewhat agreed.

A similar flash poll of influential Georgia Republicans found enthusiasm for the Romney-Ryan team.

Here are some excerpts from the Democratic respondents:

  • “He’s not from the South – can’t imagine he’s going to win over undecideds in Georgia.”
  • “Senior citizens will be pushed toward President Obama because of Ryan's Medicare voucher plan.”
  • “The CEO has hired a brilliant and youthful CFO.”

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George Wilson August 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
A@Mike Horsman My companies could be better described as small businesses.I'm referring to large multi national corporations that have no loyalty to any country.They contribute millions not hundreds.
George Wilson August 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
@MikeHorsman A perfrct example of what I'm talking is the billionaire casino mogul,Sheldon Adelman, who gave over 10 million to the Gingrich campaign.Adelman met with Republican operatives in Israel doing the Romney visit. He has promised the Romney campaign millions.What are Adelman's motives? War with Iran,support of Israel's policies,or moving money from his Chinese casinos at a tax advantage to the United States.All of the above?
SeniorSoon August 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I think a lot of people are trying to keep their life, Mike, and quite a bit of that depends on which road the government on Medicare. But yeah, for a serious discussion there needs to be a serious thread/topic. Have you seen one here? Thanks, Brian. I saw that you ventured into the Republican Flash Poll thread and all I can say is....you're a better person than I am! :-)
Dau September 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
That is the point my friend. He got help from dead but rich Dad.Romney went to business with dead fathers influence and fame. Now these same people want to shut the door for others who need help and who do not have inherited advantages. Romney says if you want to start business,borrow money from your parents and treats coporations like people
Dau September 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM
If you are deceased,your infant children( Paul Ryan) through college (age21) receive SS benefits payments and your survving spouse(paul Ryan's mother) also draws SS benefit until she dies


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