Ohio Republicans and Democrats Say Paul Ryan Pick Will Help Their Own Party

Ohio Republican and Democratic insiders surveyed by Patch both believe Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as vice presidential candidate will be an advantage.

Republicans and Democrats in Ohio are both happy that Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate, according to results of Patch's latest Red/Blue Northeast Ohio survey.

Republicans say that Paul, the architect of the GOP's budget vision, will strengthen Romney's conservative bona fides and provide an articulate vision for a conservative alternative to Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Democrats say Ryan will allow Obama and allies to better pin Romney with wanting helping advance the cause of the rich over the poor and middle class and provide a strong attack line on the Medicare cuts envisioned in Ryan's budget.

Insiders from both parties say that Ryan will help galvanize their own party in Ohio, and were united in believing the pick will give voters, especially coveted undecided voters, a more clear choice.

"Most Democrats and Republicans have made up their minds," said one Democratic insider. "This is about independents and fear is a strong motivator."

Republican responses showed their excitement for their new second-in-command.

"Now let's get to WORK!" said one insider.

"Two men with a plan. How excellent! Maybe America has a chance of not becoming like Europe." said another Republican.

While responses from Democrats suggest they are eager to begin criticizing Ryan's -- and now Romney's -- ideas, especially concerning Medicare and lowering taxes for the wealthy.

"We have an aging population in Ohio," said a Democrat insider. "The people of Ohio do not want to lose Social Security benefits or have Medicare impaired. Ryan will push Ohioans to Obama."

"Obama's assertion that Romney is Robin Hood in reverse (giving to the rich and taking from vulnerable groups...the elderly, students, middle class) gains credence," said another.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Will the choice of Paul Ryan help the Republicans or the Democrats?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch will be conducting Red Northeast Ohio and Blue Northeast Ohio surveys throughout the election eason in hopes of determining the true sentiment of Republicans and Democrats on the ground in Ohio.

Our surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republicans and Democrats. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions. Surveys were conducted between July 10 and July 16, 2012.
If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a weekly surveys that lasts just a few minutes, please email Senior Regional Editor Jean Dubail at jean.dubail@patch.com

John McMillan August 22, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hopefully, Patch will remove all the racist statements you have been making. They really are despicable.
Brian Andrews August 22, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Chris, Ryan's plan allows seniors who wish to remain with the traditional MC product. The reality is that the program is headed for insolvency. The irony is that Republicans are calling for means testing the program by requiring wealthy seniors to pay more while poor seniors would receive larger subsidies. The Democrats are left defending giving "fat cat wealthy seniors" benefits they don't need, short changing the poor and precipitating the collapse of the entire program. Well done.
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Wrong on the economy, wrong on Benghazi, and wrong on the auto bailout... The time for real change is NOW!! http://www.policymic.com/articles/14285/obama-lies-obama-auto-bailout-did-not-rescue-detroit http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ http://twitchy.com/2012/10/23/obama-lies-about-romneys-position-on-auto-bailouts-conservatives-hit-back/ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/10/26/letterman-slams-obama-auto-bailout-lie-followed-maddow-parroting-same- Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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