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Flash Poll: Georgia Republicans Enthusiastic about Paul Ryan Pick for VP

A Patch panel of GOP elected officials and activists say they see Ryan as a strong conservative.

A Patch poll conducted Saturday found that Republican respondents are enthusiastic about Mitt Romney’s decision to tap Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

Most of those who took part in the nonscientific poll agreed that Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, will ‘galvanize’ support for Romney in the Peach State.

“He is actually presenting America with ideas and a vision,” noted one of the respondents. “Whether you agree with all of those ideas or not, at least he is offering up something for debate.”

Twenty-eight Republican elected officials, candidates and activists completed the survey. Sixty four percent of respondents agreed with the statement “Mitt Romney’s decision to choose Paul Ryan as his VP candidate will galvanize Georgia Republicans.”

Responses were a bit more tempered on whether the selection would help Romney win over undecided voters in Georgia: 39 percent strongly agreed and 36 percent said they somewhat agreed.

Respondents overwhelmingly disagreed with the notion that the Ryan pick would allow Democrats a chance to win the presidential race by running against the Congressman’s budget plans, especially his proposal for Medicare: 54 percent strongly disagreed and 25 percent said they somewhat disagree with that notion.

Reaction was a lot more mixed on whether adding Ryan to the ticket would galvanize Georgia Democrats: 43 percent said they somewhat disagreed or strongly disagreed and 39 percent said they somewhat agreed or strongly agreed.

Here are some excerpts from the respondents' comments:

  • “A young, wildly intelligent and articulate conservative. He has already proven himself and shown he can make the tough decisions.”
  • “Paul Ryan's strengths balance Romney's weaknesses.  Ryan is a smart, issues focused conservative.  He compliments Romney's reputation as a liberal conservative.  Romney's reputation as a crony capitalist will be balanced by Ryan's free market ideology where no one gets special tax status, not even Bain.”
  • “We now have a clear choice from those who want to see us move more to a socialized government and those who believe that government is not the answer.”

Related headlines from Patch sites across the country:


NH Tea Party Founder: Paul Ryan is No Ron Paul

Would you like to take part in future polls? If you are an elected official, candidate or party activist _ Republican or Democrat _ and you'd like to take part in our surveys, please email Regional Editor Anna Varela.

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 04:53 AM
YES YES PRINT THAT MONEY!!! .... Spend it ALL.... UNTIL the day when we can get no more, ah but then how do you pay when the demand is made ... With an Oops we didn't think you'd want it back?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
If the uterus is the standard, you MUST have hated Bill Clinton!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Heck I'd just be THRILLED if the Dem controlled Senate would simply allow the DEBATE on one, a budget BY ANYONE at this point...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Lets not forget that GUAM may tip over and capsize BEFORE we get to the 1800s..
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Brian surely you mean the Democratic House and Senate PASSED huge expansion of government of the Eighties. Got to keep the loonies on the path ...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Remember: You didn't find that ...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:32 AM
DemoDame Are you sure there is NOT a typo in the following text? "My husband is a small business owner, and he has never felt any pressure from federal or state government in hiring unless you are one of those who thinks you should not screen out illegal aliens for hiring?"
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Now here's a bit of traction...
SeniorSoon August 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Most of that 50% figure are the working poor—people making minimum wage who make too much money for many social services but not enough to actually live on. These are the people who clean the toilets in hotel rooms we vacation in, who serve the food and bus the tables in restaurants we eat in and who do the much of the backbreaking manual labor most of us do not want to do. Because the minimum wage is not a living wage and because the Fed has not raised it to match inflation, IRS allows those workers to use the Earned Income Credit to adjust their Federal tax liability. My question is this---Why is it OK for Mitt Romney to use the US Tax Code to pay no taxes on millions (billions?) of dollars he has in offshore and Swiss bank accounts but it’s somehow an egregious thing for a dishwasher to do the same thing just to survive? And if we're going to debate who paid what taxes, I'd like to see Romney's tax returns prior to 2010. Among other things I'd like to see if he participated in the 2009 Tax Amnesty Program.
SeniorSoon August 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
@GregRodgers - "never thought that as I am 9 yrs from 55 that someone would say...we have changed to rules you deadbeat stop looking for a handout." Medicare or Social Security is not a handout. I don't even think of it as an entitlement. It's a CONTRACT--one that I had no choice but to participate in. And for the past three decades I've held up my part of the contract and I expect the government to hold up their part of it.
Byron Rangitsch August 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It's not a contract, it's a tax. Ryan will simply collected it in the past. Republicans don't raise taxes anymore, they can presently only had raised taxes.
SeniorSoon August 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Julie, I can't figure out if you're serious or being sarcastic. We do work for months and months before we're in the black and a huge portion of jobs have gone and are going overseas. But taxes have never been lower so that's obviously not putting the average working person in the black any sooner and it certainly isn't keep jobs inside the country. An interesting article this morning... and this was an interesting distinction: On the campaign trail this week, Romney said the Romney-Ryan plan to transform Medicare was "very similar" to Medicare Advantage. But Marsha Gold, a health-care expert at Mathematica Policy Research, said the big difference between the two is this: Medicare Advantage, like Medicare, is a defined benefit -- where the government guarantees a level of coverage -- while the Romney-Ryan plan transforms Medicare into a defined contribution -- where the government decides what it will pay. http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/18/13347755-romney-slams-obama-over-medicare-pledges-more-help-for-poor-and-sick#comments
Paul Wallace August 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Jobs go overseas partly by the US having an extreme corporate tax rate.
Brian Crawford August 18, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I'm sorry Paul but that is yet another Republican fantasy. The number one controllable expense for any business is the cost of labor. We lose jobs overseas primarily for one reason; the American worker isn't willing to work in sweatshop conditions for slave wages. They also like things like health insurance and retirement plans. Couple that with unfavorable trade agreements and a tax code that incentivizes outsourcing and soon there will be no American manufacturing jobs left. Besides the wealthy elite, Romney and his friends, think outsourcing is a good thing. They want to ship as many jobs overseas as absolutely possible.
SeniorSoon August 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Untrue on both counts. U.S. corporate taxes that were actually paid (the effective rate) fell to a 40 year low of 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2011, despite corporate profits rebounding to their pre-Great Recession heights. The U.S. both taxes its corporations less and raises less in revenue from corporate taxes than its foreign competitors. And this from that well known "socialist" Warren Buffett: "The interesting thing about the corporate rate is that corporate profits, as a percentage of GDP last year were the highest or just about the highest in the last 50 years. They were ten and a fraction percent of GDP. That’s higher than we’ve seen in 50 years. The corporate taxes as a percentage of GDP were 1.2 percent, $180 billion. That’s just about the lowest we’ve seen. So our corporate tax rate last year, effectively, in terms of taxes paid for the United States, was around 12 percent, which is well below those existing in most of the industrialized countries around the world. So it is a myth that American corporations are paying 35 percent or anything like it…Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness."
Greengirl August 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
While the posted tax rate is high, that is not what the vast majority of corporations pay. They instead use loopholes and exemptions to avoid a large percentage of the actual rate. Many corporations pay a very low rate, some even zero. If you want to discuss the rates, then let's be honest about the numbers.
Peter August 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM
We will vote but not for Ryan and Romney they are going to destroy our country. Romney is the biggest liar in politics history. Why want Romney show 5 years of his taxes. Ryan medicare plan will hurt seniors. That why the democrat will come out strong for the election.
John Himot August 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM
don Gabacho you have bought into a bunch of crap. America is still the place where if you work hard and set your mind to it you can become anything you want. If you have failed maybe it is because YOU did something wrong . You sound like Obama "You did not build it someone else did". The same holds true if we re-elect Obama . We the people built him now we the people need to remove him from office at the next vote. I have done well in live made the right choices for the most part and will enjoy the fruits of my labor for a long time. That is if we can remove Obama from the White House this election. Vote NObama .
don Gabacho August 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
"don Gabacho you have bought into a bunch of crap."--- Jon Himot "Bought into"? No one told me. I had to learn it the hard way by being that refugee. "America is still the place where if you work hard and set your mind to it you can become anything you want. No longer for everyone. "If you have failed maybe it is because YOU did something wrong." How quaint. See what happens to you when you attempt to have your own government bring the MxGov to task for having robbed you. See what happen to you when you file an election complaint of offcials and employees of the MxGov being provided and using still untold numbers of US voter registration forms. Then you tell me what I somehow "bought into." "You sound like Obama 'You did not build it someone else did.' If I sound "like Obama" then its because you are not hearing the message. Your thinking is limited by petty politics. All Americans, be they Democrats, Repuiblicans or Independents need to do get this country on back on track is expel the MxGov (and its sub-governance) from the USA. Until then---yes---America is no longer a refuge for even Americans.
Byron Rangitsch August 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM
John, that dream is harder to realize. Taxes on wages and self employment are way more punitive than capital gains taxes. The new American dream says if you're born with it, it'll be easier to hang on to it. Neither party is gonna fix THAT, but I would like people making more Han me to at least pay a slightly higher percentage. Obama will fix that. Mitt will make it worse.
Jack of Kings August 19, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Keep on saying it over and over, Peter. It might come true. Click those ruby slippers together. Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore.
Jack of Kings August 19, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Peter--after reading your post, I now understand why you are for the current Administration.
John Himot August 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
DemoDame, I agree lets get the Fair Tax going but first lets start with 9-9-9 the Herman Cain Plan. Read it understand it push it. Why should you not have to pay taxes Fair is not a Free Ride . Lets see Obama gave 1% of his wealth in tax deductible gifts while Mitt and Wife gave over 18% of their wealth in tax deductible gifts. Obama is not poor by NO means and has been paid millions over the years . Vote for Change and for a better America Vote Romney/Ryan in Nov. Your future your children's future and your grand children's future all depend on how you vote this election. Obama gives them NO future Romney will give them the best chance for a better future.
John Himot August 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Drinking a little bit to much kool-aid Daniel. Nothing Obama does is Protecting our Freedom. The courts are ruling in favor of Voter ID laws. Got a problem with people proving who they are before they vote? Every Vote counts and should only count once for each person who votes and must be by a American Citizen.
John Himot August 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Ryan or Biden Ryan or Biden...........do you realy have to think about this one? Biden is one step away from being brain dead on all the issues. Ryan would give us hope for a better future. Romney/Ryan 2012 the future depends on it.
Brian Crawford August 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Himot, 9-9-9 might be a great tax plan...if you live in Sim City. However, it has no basis in reality. I can assure you the Romney's didn't give 18% of their wealth to anyone, although they may have that much in Swiss bank accounts. Their 2010 tax returns show they did tithe approximately 10% of their income to the Mormon Church as all Mormons are required to do (they're sticklers about that kind of thing). That was about $4.5 million. They gave another $500k to their own charitable foundation which looks about as fishy as that $100 million IRA.
SeniorSoon August 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Try a substantive response not ridicule, Phil. Romney was caught lying about where he filed his taxes in order to be eligible to run for governor. He had filed in Utah (where he saved LOTS of money) instead of Massachusetts. At first he claimed he didn't know how this had happened. Then he was caught trying to pay taxes in Massachusetts retroactively. There still is no proof that he paid the Massachusetts taxes because throughout every run for office he has refused to release his returns. And why are seeing the returns so important? Transparency in one's financial dealings is important for all candidates, but especially for the President who is the Commander in Chief. I mean a regular worker can't get a basic office job without having a credit check done. Try getting a mortgage without a full and complete vetting of your finances. This man could be the President--he should be MORE forthcoming not less! Also Romney’s personal wealth is historically unprecedented for the POTUS. If elected he is going to be making economic policy, specifically tax policy for ALL of us. How he pays his own taxes is linked to the way he formulates tax policy---how much would he personally benefit from his own tax plan? We have a right to know this before we go to the polls.
John Himot August 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Brian Crawford 9-9-9 is a great plan , but like many you have not read up on it and the way it gets us to the fair tax. Records show that Mitt has given 18% of his earnings to charites. Go back to playing your Sims city game while the rest of us deal in reality. Obama reminds me of the credit card ad that asks "What is in your Wallet" .
Greg T August 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Frank, you don't know how they would vote. Nice straw man. I find it interesting that you don't care if there is voter fraud, in fact you seem rather comfortable with it. Most Hispanics typically voted Republican because our values are the same. Most Hispanics relate to the Catholic faith and values of family, faith and honesty. The Democratic Party no longer tolerates faith and the traditional family. It is interesting that Democrats have to buy votes instead of win them.
Forward.... August 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Why is it that if one disagrees with someones opinion of a particular candidate, the name calling, over talking the facts and omitting the truth becomes the only way some feel that they need to get their point across? The hard truth is that Mitt is not for the people of this country only a very small %. He just wants to be President. He has a campaign staff who take pride in lying, rudeness and downright disregard for respecting the office of the Presidency. The fact that Mitt is a successful business man would not make him a successful President because his success was on the backs of the working class, in which he set them up to fail and raid the pensions for profit, lay off American workers and sent jobs overseas all for a profit for himself and investors. He saved the Utah Olympics by bleeding the GOVERNMENT of nearly 1 billion dollars in aid. He ran his state unemployement up to some of the highest levels on record. The only good think he has done was state wide RomneyCare that he will take away from the rest of us as soon as he hopes to get in. Mitt was born into money, knows nothing of anything else but money is power and is allowing his campaign to be bought by a handfull of billionaires. So as you shoot down all that is wrong in the world is Presidents Obama's fault, Bush gaves us 2 wars, medicare 'D", tax cuts for 1% all never put on books, we got attacked on Bush's watch, lost over 8 millions jobs under Bush & we watched our 401k disappear. Face your race issues!

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