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Snap Poll: Paul Ryan As VP Pick Galvanizes Missouri Republicans

Ryan's budget plans don't give the Obama campaign an opening with voters according to GOP activists.

Nearly 91 percent of influential Missouri Republicans who responded to an unscientific Patch poll Saturday said Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice-Presidential running mate on the presumptive ticket in November would "galvanize" Republicans in Missouri.

Patch asked more than 60 Republicans to weigh in on the choice and received 22 responses.

Participants praised Ryan's his knowledge on fiscal matters and the ability to articulate a way forward. Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has pushed a budget plan that proposes large changes to Medicare, Medicaid and tax rates.

"Ryan brings good conservative credentials to the ticket for those who had doubts about Romney. He's a strong voice for reigning in government," one person wrote.

When asked if that budget plan could be used by Democrats as a way to win in November, more than 77 percent disagreed in some way.

What about Missouri?

While the Ryan selection galvanized Republicans, and 68 percent believe it will help Mitt Romney pick up independent voters here, the pick may not have been needed for the GOP to seal the deal in the state.

"Solid choice of a Midwestern conservative can only push Missouri further towards Romney," wrote one respondent. Said another: "I don't think it makes a huge difference in Missouri, as our state was already leaning towards Romney. I think this just makes Missouri a solid Romney state in November."

A Sense of Humor

One respondent said they'd rather see Ryan as President and Romney as VP, while another offered that Ryan has less gaffe-potential than Vice President Joe Biden.

The first person who responded may have had the best line of the day. "Best hair on a presidential ticket ever."

Results from a Patch poll asking Democrats about the Ryan selection will be released in the next few days. 

mary zaggy August 13, 2012 at 04:27 AM
People of faith, please go to the "nuns on the bus" website to see what these very intelligent and compassionate women are saying about Paul Ryan's budget proposals. These women who work on behalf of those in greatest need, as well as on behalf of all of society, are very firm in stating that Ryan's proposals will hurt the most vulnerable. These nuns do not mince words in saying that Ryan's plan are NOT in agreement with Christ's teachings. Oh, isn't Ryan a Christian?--I think he's actually Catholic......
Earl Higgins August 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
But look at his hair! ;-) (Just to be absolutely clear, that was sarcasm.)
mary zaggy August 31, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Too bad that taking from the poor and giving to the rich, as Ryan and Romney propose in both of their plans, is not what a CHRISTIAN would do. The nuns are choosing to follow the teachings of Christ--to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take care of the sick--all activities which Ryan/romney's budgets would severely curtail. At the same time R/R would give more money to the richest via tax breaks. I'm pretty sure Christ didn't teach that. A "practicing Catholic"should first and foremost be following Christ, even if the bishops and other male rleaders of the Catholic church are failing to stress anything except birth control, anti-abortion, etc. sure there are charities, but these cannot come close to meeting the grave needs which the greedy Ryan-Romney budget will create by gutting social programs. The Catholic church's hierarchy has lost its way, and is being manipulated by the moneyed class and reactionary Republicans. The nuns are listening to Christ over he bishops and the pope.
mary zaggy August 31, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Please see my comment posted on Patch. Thanks.
Sarah Mitchell August 31, 2012 at 02:50 PM
NOT Galvanize ITS TRAUMATIZE GET IT RIGHT. Top five things you need to know about Paul Ryan: Ryan voted to end funding for Planned Parenthood, which could jeopardize access to cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive care that nearly three million Americans rely on each year. He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending safe and legal abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at risk. He co-sponsored an extreme and dangerous “personhood” bill which could ban some forms of birth control and fertility treatments. The Ryan budget plan, his signature piece of legislation, would dismantle Medicaid, jeopardizing basic health care for millions of women and families. For many, this could mean the difference between getting cancer screenings and birth control or going without. Repeatedly, he has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would restrict women’s access to birth control and preventive health care services, and allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and charge more for coverage than men.
Sarah Mitchell August 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Ryan Plan Would Crush Seniors Beneath Mounting Medical Costs Mitt Romney's desperate attempt to revive his presidential campaign by picking House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate has not made Ryan's Medicare plan a better idea. It's still a lousy scheme that would be disastrous for the middle class because it would replace healthcare security for seniors with crushing medical expenses. The Ryan privatization plan does nothing to strengthen Medicare or control rising healthcare costs. Instead it would make seniors pay more than $6,400 for their healthcare in order to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporate special interests like Big Oil.The $6400 number from the CBO Report is only valid for a 65 year old senior entering the Ryan Medicare Plan in 2022. As that senior ages he/she would have to pay much more for private insurance to track significantly increasing senior health care costs with age. Extrapolating the data provided in the CBO Report, for a 75 year old, the added cost is $12,000 a year, for an average age senior, about 77 years old, the additional cost per year for insurance would be about $14,000 a year. Obviously most seniors could not afford these new costs. In addition there is no requirement in the Ryan Plan for insurers to offer a policy at all so we would revert back to "cherry picking" where insurers would go for the healthiest seniors.
Rich Pope August 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The Romney/Ryan ticket is our only hope forward out of the mess Obama has placed us in. Black people voted for Obama because he is black. White people voted for Obama to show they weren't racist. Now it's time to grow-up an put someone in office with some real-world experience.
Earl Higgins August 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I truly pity you if that is all your mind understands of the 2008 Obama/Biden victory and subsequent, albeit slow, recovery.
RDBet August 31, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It's a bit early to revise reality, even if you've been drinking a lot of convention kool-aid. 2008 wasn't that long ago. So I fixed it for you: The Romney/Ryan ticket is a big step backward to the mess Bush placed us in with deregulation, top-heavy tax cuts, unfunded wars, and overreliance on the "smart" financial capitalists. People voted for Obama because he was the better, albeit imperfect, candidate -and is the better candidate again.....McCain Palin, imagine what they would have done with continuation of Bush's policies. How many more wars would be in right now? Now it's time to grow-up an quit believing in this fanciful notion that trickle down economics works.
Jim Frain August 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
You always crack me up Rich...You are the master of "stirring it up"...Have a great labor day weekend....build a violin, relax!
Rich Pope August 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Jim, LOL...I think I'm going to take your advice on this one! Be safe if you are traveling this holiday. :)

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