Obama pollster: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney
August 16th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Obama pollster: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney

Washington (CNN) – In a polling memo released by campaign pollster Joel Benenson on Thursday, Team Obama tried to paint Rep. Paul Ryan as one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history.

"This reflects something about Mitt Romney's decision making priorities and what he did was he tapped as a running mate the person who's been dubbed the leader of the most extreme wing of the Congressional Republicans," Benenson said on a conference call accompanying the memo.

The historically low public approval ratings of Congress combined with the public's opinion of Ryan's readiness to be commander in chief "are all factors that go into this being a very uninspiring choice and reflecting that it's not a boost to the ticket, if anything it's a drag on the ticket," Benenson argued.

To back up this claim, Benenson pointed to recent tracking polls done by Gallup, Rasmussen and Economist/YouGov showing that Mitt Romney's choice of Ryan hasn't significantly helped to close the gap between him and President Obama. He also stressed historical comparisons of polling done over the last 25 years to argue that the public believes Ryan is less qualified to be president than any vice presidential pick other than Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle.

"Obviously there's always a lot of chatter about the VP nomination and their effect on a ticket historically shows that voters are basing their choice based on the candidates for president, the people at the top of the ticket not the VP," Benenson conceded. "But when the choice does matter, when it does enter into the equation is when it does reflect about the decision making ability and the decision priorities of the nominee at the top of the ticket and on this score it seems that Romney is not meeting the test from the vantage point of voters."

Benenson backed this accusation up in his memo with a Gallup poll showing that just 39% of respondents viewed Romney's choice of Ryan as "excellent" or "good," the lowest positive response rate since the organization began asking the question in 1988. Gallup also found that 42% felt that Ryan was an "only fair" or "poor" choice, the second highest negative rating of a VP selection since Quayle.

But the same Gallup poll also showed that Ryan may be an effective choice to help energize his party's base, finding that 39% of Republican respondents considered him an "excellent" pick. This ranks among the highest positive responses that Gallup has seen among respondents from either party in recent years, besting both Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney who received 34% and 18% respectively.


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • Poll • President Obama

soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. november2012

    whew...this is a stretch and really funny...hahahaha

    August 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Howard

      This obviously biased, partisan, pro-obama, so called pollster is just another obama propagandist. Obama could never win on a level playing field. Without deception, the biased mainsteam media, outlandish false accusations, blame, and demonizing, he couldn't get elected to dog catcher ... although being a dog catcher would be very appealing to Barack, since he could make $10 an hour, and all you can eat.

      August 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Lisa Pfaff

        And of course you're not biased, not at all, shouting down any facts not to your liking. Thank you, though, for at least spelling "Obama" correctly. Of course, strictly speaking, that should be "President Obama." And yes, incumbents do generally enjoy an advantage in elections. I'm thinking, though, that if you offered President Obama a level playing field this year when it came to personal wealth, access to friends and supporters with very large checkbooks, and ideologically sympathetic billionaires and Super PACs that he would probably accept your offer.

        Personally it seems to me that Mitt Romney has more of a dog-catcher personality, what with his roof-racking adventures and all - not real sympathetic to the suffering of others, if you know what I mean. Of course, if he took the job he would have to pay more in taxes than he does at present, since he would be earning his money by doing some real work, for a change.

        August 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Someone disagrees with you and you say they are partisan and pro-Obama. Just can't deal with reality, eh?

        August 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • TonyK

        What do you consider a level playing field? A candidate back all the red neck billionaires with one of them promising to spend $100m and the $400m from the Koch brother? Is that what you called level playing field idiot.

        August 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
      • MikeH

        Seeing as how Ryan got caught in a bald-faced lie today, saying he didn't request stimulus money then three seperate memos from Ryan requesting stimulus money werer produced, Ryan shows he is a brilliant understudy for Romney, learning to pathologically lie in the blink of an eye, but he didn't learn when to pathologically lie, and so has embarrassed the Republican campaign less than a week after being picked as VP

        August 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • David Duffey

        Jeesh! Fearful white male?

        August 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Actually, there are FOUR SIGNED LETTERS and it's all on record. And, according to the people who received those funds in his district – THEY PROVIDED JOBS – those statements and the proof of what they say are also on the record.

        August 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Trystan

        Hmm, you make President Obama sound like a republican. Ironic how the extreme Right gets so upset when the Left employees the tactics that Republicans have used successfully for decades. I do hope it tastes good. Enjoy. :-)

        August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        oH? IF SO, THE FALSE WORDS OF RYAN WERE NO PROPAGANDA, JUST BECAUSE HE IS REPUBLICAN? TALK ABOUT REPUKE ALLEGED RESPECT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH! PLUS REID AND THE DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER ARE WHITE HOUSE WORKERS, THE SHAME IS ON THE RYAN SPEECH WHO SHOULD SPEAK WITH SOME RESPECT :)

        August 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Why would a CNN producer do a piece on an accusation while having the obvious rebuttal to the accusation? Hmm....

      August 17, 2012 at 9:29 am |
      • Howard

        In 2008, the Obama team launched the hype, like ads for a block buster movie, and even an undeserved Nobel Prize, saying that Obama was the best thing since sliced bread ... even though he had NO track record, or experience which would warrant the hype. Then, over a span of 3 1/2 years, Obama proved that he could come nowhere near the exaggerated hype. And, even today Obama continues to B.S. us. He even accuses his opponents of selling snake oil, when in reality, that's all he's been selling us all .... all along. Unfortunately, some of the gullible fools, who bought into his hype ... cannot let go of the illusion ... just like kids who refuse to accept the reality that Santa Claus is a myth.

        August 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  2. Montykoolaid

    The tiny insiginificant bump he recieved from his VP pick is actually a really bad sign. Historically it rejuvinates the campaign a WHOLE LOT more.

    I really believe this wasnt to sway voters, this was to get the BILLIONAIRES to open their wallets even wider because they love this guy.

    Everyone else? He screws.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • rrd

      The real bad sign is the incumbent only has a RCP +3.5. What happen to those double digit leads earlier this year.

      August 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        WAIT AND SEE YOU FOOL. I SEE ROMNEDY'S DIRTY TRICKS HAVE STOLEN THOUSANDS OF VOTE ILLEGALLY AND BY NOT ALLOWING MINORITIES TO VOTE :( LIKE IN PENNSYLVIANAIA, SHAME ON THE CORRUPT ROMENY CAMPAIGN VOTERS AND THAT PA. GOVERNOR! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES, FOR 10 GENERATIONS

        1

        August 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
      • Steveo

        Tschrny Wolf,

        You realize this was the ruling of a FEDERAL JUDGE, right?

        August 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      I think you're right! Munster, with his infatuation with Ayn "I didn't know she was an atheist *wink*" Rand, is the quintessential corporate lapdog.

      August 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        I BET IT WAS A BORING REPETITION OF FALSE ACCUSSATIONS, WHAT ANIMAL PEN DID ROMNEY FIND RYAN? OR DID MEET RUIN DEFECATE HIM IN A DIRTY TOILET?

        August 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Lizzie

      And that comes from Pres.Obama who throws everyone under the bus including his grandmother.

      August 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • bb

      He picked someone who works and can get invited to the bakery unlike bozo biden

      August 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  3. Steveo

    Hahahahaha! CNN just said Ryan puts Wisconsin in play! Now an Obama pollster says he's a drag? Somebody from the Obama campaign needs to give that guy a raise! This is above and beyond the call of duty!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Gee, Steveo, Wisconsin has been in a serious love hate relationship with politicans of their own state and when polled after Ryan was choosen, he had name recognition as a Republican Congressman who is part of a Republican Lead Congress that has an approval rating of 10%. Wisconsin is one of the most highly educated states in the union and they went Obama in the last election.

      August 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • Steveo

        Correct Cynthia. REGARDLESS CNN said Ryan puts Wisconsin in play! In addition, they just has a little election a couple of months ago! Things change!

        August 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
      • CryBabies

        How contrarian!!

        August 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
      • Lisa Pfaff

        Steveo, CNN may have said it, but that don't make it so. A lot of us are looking forward for our chance to finally vote against Ryan, after years of wondering how he kept on willing his blue collar/aging industrial district. The word is that he did it by pretending to be a moderate, at least in his communications with his constituents. The national media and the Tea Party supporters (ironically!) both seem to be doing a pretty good job of ripping that mask off, each for their own reasons.

        August 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • David Duffey

        Thank you, Cynthia.

        August 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • bb

        Even very smart people sometimes makes mistakes, that was the case last election. The only thing Oblunder isnt inept at is Lying, (probably the world record holder) all he can do at this point is play fool with his side show nonsense.
        or he could try to run on his record, or should i say lack of

        August 17, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Trystan

      Ironically many people outside of Wisconsin were sure that the entire Scott Walker recall fiasco would help the Republican Party. Yet many voters who were polled after refusing to recall Walker said they would vote for President Obama. Make no mistake, we in Wisconsin are not fans of Walker, but we did not think his offenses rose to the level of Recall. This highly educated state will still vote President Obama into a second term. See you on election day. That is the only Poll that matters in the end.

      August 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  4. California Gary

    When Obama first ran, he picked a VP that had foreign policy expertise because he was lacking in that area. Good move. Romney is also lacking in foreign policy experience, and he picks someone just as lacking as he is in that critical area. Bad move. There is no balance in the Romney/Ryan ticket, and that will cost them in November.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Steveo

      For THAT very reason Presidents have CABINETS!

      August 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • California Gary

        So steveo.......as long as you're gonna have one of those "cabinet" things, a pres and vp really don't need to know anything for themselves? Is that what you're saying?

        August 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • Steveo

        California Gary

        So steveo.......as long as you're gonna have one of those "cabinet" things, a pres and vp really don't need to know anything for themselves? Is that what you're saying?
        --------------–
        Don't believe I said that. What economic expertise did either Obama or Biden bring the table? They had ADVISORS! THAT is how it works! Yes Biden has foreign policy experience BUT did he go on tour prior to the 08 elections? I am pretty sure Obama did!

        August 17, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Lizzie

      And after 3 1/2 years on the job training both are just as bad as the day the got elected, so now he wants 4 more years on the job training.

      August 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
      • GOPukie

        after years of trolling. you are absolutley the still the worst troll ever

        August 19, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • bb

      Please get real, Biden cant even get a seat in the bakery. Its ovious Oblunder wanted someone dumber than him, so he could look smart. Also its a form of security no one with half of brain would want to see biden in charge

      August 17, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Trystan

      Romney did exactly what McCain did. He choose someone to shore up his Conservative Credentials to satisfy the base. If this is a sign of his lack of judgement we can not afford to have him as president.

      August 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Mark

    Ryan is the new Palin. A move that was made to secure the base....which makes little sense because you need the indies to win.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You did not like Palin and the left went after her and her family, the left or liberals still call her every name in the book and that's ok with you, because apparently she has more brains in her little finger then you in your .........

      August 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
      • marleyt

        Love it! Absolutely love the irony in someone going after another commenter's lack of intelligence by way of rambling, run-on sentences; poor grammar; and bad spelling. Who cares about Romney or Obama? Spend less time ranting online and more time sharpening your written communication skills. Or don't; 7-11 needs cashiers I suppose....

        August 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    LOL...How about CNN start running some relevant topics??? Topics that aren't a drag on our intelligence!

    August 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  7. Lee

    I welcome the dems downplaying the Ryan pick, but wish to remind them that it's a done deal. Always love the democratic strategists and pundits offering advice to the republicans on how to conduct their campaign, but love it even better when the republicans are intelligent enough to dismiss it. I mean what military genius would accept his opponents assessment?? I'm a Omar Bradley fan- "Nuts!!"

    August 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Ryan is just Palin with a penis.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Steveo

      Thanks for enhancing the conversation!

      August 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  9. FedUp

    Really? Ryan is in telligent and the Presdient has Biden. Hmmm. I can see who the bigger drag is. To my knowledge, Ryan has never had to plagiarize anything. Biden has.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  10. harvty

    Obama has been a 'DRAG' on this country for far too long.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  11. Cynthia L.

    The conversation of MITT'S TAX RETURNS turns to the subject of BLIND TRUSTS today reported by MSNBC.
    A BLIND TRUST is supposedly that – BLIND. You supposedly cannot direct the investments of your money in exchange for a perferred rate of interest.
    While Mitt was running against Senator Kennedy in Mass. He blasted Kennedy's Blind Trusts as "A RUSE people use to hide their money when running for office."
    And on film in another comment he said , "You tell the Blind Trust what to do and how-to-operate."

    Well, HOTDOG, here comes the news that the ROMNEY'S BLIND TRUST was found to have INVESTED $10 MILLION in one of their SON'S HEDGE FUNDS. You seriously think that was a COINCIDENCE?? I would say it proves Mitt and his family have manipulated some rules of investment which seems to verify that rules for the general public don't apply to the rich in their RICH view of the world. YUCK.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Steveo

      If some said they would investigate EVERY cabinet member, ALL 535 members of Congress, The president, the VEEP, and Romney I'd go for that. I'm afraid we'd turn DC into one big echo chamber though!

      August 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • Montykoolaid

        That is your response? Proof Romney has done it and you compare it with your opinion (without any posted evidence) that everyone must be doing it so it is ok

        August 17, 2012 at 2:10 am |
      • Steveo

        Montykoolaid

        That is your response? Proof Romney has done it and you compare it with your opinion (without any posted evidence) that everyone must be doing it so it is ok
        ---------
        1. Yes that is my response
        2. NEVER said it was OK! Putting words in my mouth are you?
        3. Sounds like you're worried who may get caught!

        August 17, 2012 at 8:21 am |
      • Trystan

        I like the idea of turning DC into an echo chamber. Career politicians are bought and paid for. Government "Service" was never intended to be a life long career. Lets fire them all and start over from scratch.

        August 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • bb

      Here we go again, taking out of text snips. The morons u talk about have been in office 3 & half years and have acomplished NOTHING. Its ok u r part of the herd. We need herd people. We dont need herd people running the country. we need leaders The only thing these 2 bongs have led in is LYING

      August 17, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • bb

      So what hes smart, who cares, as long as he can fix Oblunders failures, Have oblunder pay us back for that wonderful solar co he spent our money on or the car plant in finland

      August 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Howard

      BLIND TRUSTS are a very smart way to manage money. Romney could, and would restore America's economic success ... whereas Obama would merely squander another 5 1/2 TRILLION dollars ... causing another great depression, and probably the demise of America. Romney's trusts are blind ... whereas, Obama's policies, and followers are blind.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Howard you are a total-unapoligetic, nincompoop. Mitt's BLIND TRUSTS have been manipulated to work in his family's favor. But, if Captain Kangeroo were running for President and the Banana Man for V.P. and they had Repbulican after their name, you'd be for them too, so it really doesn't have anything to do about anything other than the candidate is a Repbulican. So you are left to defend Flipper Flopper and Hopsy Flopsy Not So Hotsy for president and v.p.. Sucks to be you.

        August 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  12. Skeptical News Reader

    Every time the Democrats say "worst VP pick ever" I think it shows desperation. If they really thought that, wouldn't they just keep quiet so they could easily win?

    That line just screams denial, "OH! Worst choice evar! I wanted you to pick someone that could beat us but no! You went and did that!"

    Dems are getting desperate and worried about Ryan.

    August 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Seeing as Ryans polling slipped in just a week's time, the two are matched perfectly, leading the rest of us no other choice about calling them--–FLIPPER FLOPPER and the HOPPSY FLOPPSY!!

      August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  13. cbr

    The choice of Mr. Ryan certainly does say a lot about the Romney campaign as it swings more to the right. Mr. Ryan has done much to court those Republicans. Mr. Ryan has a budget plan which certainly does tell much about him. The question we all need to ask is do we really want to revert back to the late 1950's when the U.S. was on the cusp of the Civil Rights battles. ID cards, citizenship papers, refusal to treat illegal immigrants or to give them any assistance, supporting corporations which have sent jobs overseas and allowed the leadership of these companies to receive huge salaries while laying off people, the Cold War. Let's really listen to the candidates and then make decisions. Bring down those groups which are paying for ads outside of the campaigns. Say no to anything or anybody that makes a mockery of the election process. That would be amazing!

    August 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  14. Bill Davis

    We know Bidden is there to make Obama look good....
    Obama is there to cloud the issues, and The Union is there to milk the taxpayers..
    God Bless Rev Wright and God Damn America...

    August 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Rev. Wright served as a U.S. MARINE during Vietnam SO YOU could have protected rights of FREE SPEECH.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  15. Dan B

    Ryan is no Palin. Unlike Palin, Ryan has years of experience and brings value.

    August 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  16. Phil Thomas

    These two guys really scare me, the truth is i have always felt comfortable with both parties and voted for both but over the last year I find my self voting strictly for Democrats. I can not in good conscious reward these guys for obstructing the policies of the president and making the number one goal to make him a one term president. Romney however just seems willing to say anything to get the Job, i have never met the guy and I can only make a judgement based on what I see. If this guy is desperate enough to switch positions left and right to get the job it makes me wonder what he is promising those millionaire donors.

    August 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • bb

      they should get a medal for obstructing traitors, Oblunder has been one bad decision after another

      August 17, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • guest

        moron

        August 18, 2012 at 9:09 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        That's why he's called BBs for Brains AND THAT AIN'T A COMPLIEMENT -

        August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  17. Patrick

    IMHO Rubio would have been the best choice in terms of a Republican vision standpoint and from an electioneering standpoint, keep in mind we're talking about the general election and the direction of the country, not simply the party. I'm also guessing that a Romney/Rubio ticket would have inspired the most fear in the Obama/Biden ticket, they would be pouring money into Florida right now trying to keep it in play. Christie would have been safe and Portman as well, but I think Ryan was a significant blunder. He's smart and likable, but he has some distinct negatives and his numbers don't add up over the long haul. It would be nice to have our budgetary house in order before 2080. Romney picking Ryan reminds me of Dole picking Kemp, Dole was never a supply sider and he picked Kemp and was saying things he'd never said in his entire political career, it was weird.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Kemp was also a lover of AYN RAND. UH-OH.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  18. cowboyfan

    Worst VP in history, come on no one is worse than ole foot in mouth Joe, here is a guy who was caught plagerizing a few years back. And you wonder why he says off the wall comments, he can't think for himself he needs to use others material.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  19. Reggiedw

    Is kt like how Obama/Biden are a drag on the country and the eonomy. That iis why Obama has to be voted out in November.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  20. TruthV7

    All you have to do is watch his facial body language and it is as clear as an old 5 cent DC comic. Willard the rat is lying blantantly. Dude better start whining and crying now. President Obama is going to eat his lunch sideways. All the truth will come spilling out, because at the end of the first debate it will be all to clear. This will go down as the Repub clown show and nero mitt will just keep strumming his out of touch and out of tune fiddle. I have serious news for all the teabag writers. Many, many true republicans not the manufactured robotic sheep patrol that Armey and the Koch brothers created have already quitely decided behind the curtain we the silent embarrased republicans will be voting for Obama. Aint no pair of coward neocon wannabe chickenhawks will be taking the the american dream from all honest hard working americans many who are republican. Wanna bet go ahead rommney arrogant holier than thou machine of monetary fueled lies and outright distortion. Contrary to what many of my freinds that are democrat, many many of us true republicans have hated what the weasel and worm McConnel clearly stated the day after the president of the United States of America. Listen weasel breath Mitch the coward, you and all your cowardly spineless blantantly sedationist and this clown show of a candidate Romney. Anyone who was named Willared Millhouse Romney is going to have the biggest chip on his shoulder and it shows in live 24/7 global always on technicolor. In the end the real truth will be revealed. All over the country all my republican friends are scared out of their minds that Romney picking Ryan will continue to grow and we are going to get creamed in all Senatorial and Congressional runs, forget about the white house. My family have been republican for over 70 years, everyone in my family wants another candidate at the convention. No one wants Romney to debate, he is an idiot. We are toast.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  21. lardoggy

    We can all see thats happening, NOT! I voted for Obama and all I got was snake oil,maybe you should chill out and try to talk facts Adam !

    August 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  22. liberal

    Ryan has a lot of explaining to do:

    – He supported EVERY single Bush measure (from wars to TARP to tax-cuts to Medicare Part D / prescription medication program etc.etc.etc.), which created the Bush deficit we inherited.

    – While he is at it, maybe he can explain what Dick Cheney meant when he said:' RONALD REAGAN PROOFED THAT DEFICITS DON'T MATTER.' That was the Republican mantra until January 2009.

    – He needs to explain why he, and many other House Republicans, publicly condemned the stimulus, but privately lined up to GET stimulus money for their districts (arguing it was helping their districts' economy).

    – He needs to explain, why he wants to cut social benefits and student education funding, AFTER HE HIMSELF RECEIVED THIS KIND OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT. I am happy for him and his family that they got help from Uncle Sam after his father died, but to then deny this to other people is a hypocrisy.

    OBAMA 2012 / HILLARY 2016 !

    August 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • bb

      Explain oblunders word. I wont run agin unless i cut the deficet in half, i wont run again if unemploy is over 6%, ill close gitmo. ill have a transparent gov, For petes sake HOW CAN U BELIEVE ANYTHING out of his vile pie hole?? I say man up Oblunder just once keep your word and get out

      August 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • guest

        your comments are proof positive that brains actually do come in extra small

        August 18, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  23. Bill in Florida

    2012 is sounding more and more like a repeat of 2008: unpopular GOP presidential nominee picks an ultra-right running mate to appeal to the GOP base, while sending the moderates to the Obama side.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  24. Olaf Big

    The poll confirmed what was obvious to many of use anyway. Republican right are excited about Ryan, but the middle of the road voters don't want him because of his extreme views and lack of experience. The right have nowhere else to go, even if they don't trust Romney. So why is he still trying to please them, instead of going after the swing vote, which is what wins the elections?

    August 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Steveo

      Lack of experience? Didn't seem to have bothered many the last ttime around!! 14 years in the House verses 2 in the Senate??

      August 17, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  25. L

    Ryan.......

    Is the straw that will break Romney's back....and keep him from the White House....

    ...who is kidding...Mitt never had a chance anyway.......depite all the tea baggers

    August 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  26. Rocky road

    Obama pollster nothing but a hack, when you have the idiot Biden on the ticket, it's hysterical to call Ryan a bad pick. Biden is a buffoon and is not mentally capable of being pouts.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  27. vdrummin

    Can we stop talking about Ryan?; How boring... The only think worse then Rommey as President, is Ryan as vice president. Right wing conservative viewz; that put women back to the 1st centry, kill the poor and whats left of the middle classes. Republicans caused this financial mess via the Bushisam era – What don't you get? Do the Math people
    Where are all the young Democrates – start sounding off.... Obama is going to win; you heard it here first – the rest is all a waste of time. I can't wait for the debates – it will look like NIXION vesus Kenndy when Obama faces Rommey – No contest here – and Ryan is just a wimp when it comes to Bidens experience......

    August 17, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  28. J.V.Hodgson

    Ever heard of the three wise monkey's
    Hear ALL, see ALL and say NOTHING
    ROMNEY HAS DONE A PERFECT JOB of hearing nothing, and seeing nothing, other than as like his party what they want to see and hear!!
    Ryan completes the disaster by Saying EVERYTHING IS FINE In my budget. He has created huge problem for Republicans by doing/saying something instead of doing/saying nothing ( platitudes Ok) at least for now.
    As of now he's a temporary blip up in polls , but a longer term drag!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  29. Frank Marshall Davis

    As if Biden isn't a drag?

    August 17, 2012 at 4:41 am |
  30. belinda

    The actual Idea of Ryan, becoming President is enough to scare the hell out of everybody into voting.Even zombies.

    August 17, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • Steveo

      Yet the idea the Biden may became president is all good with you? OK!
      As far as allowing zombies to vote, your side already tried that and the result of that is the voter ID law in Pa!

      August 17, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • bb

      Have u ever listened to biden. What a pansy

      August 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  31. don66

    Eddie Munster a drag on Mittington? Naw, heck – Ryan's irrelevant... Mittington's consistently been dropping in the polls... even before he announced his veep choice.

    Yawn.

    R.I.P. G.O.P.

    TGIF

    August 17, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  32. jony

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has shot to a 5-point lead over President Obama, according to a new national poll released yesterday.

    Romney topped Obama, 49 percent to 44 percent, in the latest Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll.

    That’s the biggest advantage either candidate has scored in more than a month, as Romney steadily widened his lead, which stood at 46 percent to 43 percent a week ago.

    Other recent polls show the race tied or Obama with a narrow lead.

    Romney’s lead in the Rasmussen poll is nearly identical to his 49 percent-to-43 percent advantage over Obama when pollsters asked which candidate was better able to handle the economy.

    Romney’s 5-point lead yesterday was the largest advantage either candidate has held in just over a month.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  33. Cynthia L.

    The other BIG NEWS is that the Romney campaign WAS HOPING that it would have been a bigger jump in the polls. THE JUMP was expected because of the announcement of a new candidate to his ticket – that historically happens in the BEGINNING........However, Ryan sort of did a BUNNY HOP for the team. You will start to see the numbers start to rise in Obama's favor shortly, if history has anything to say about it. Because, Ryan is only second tier on the ticket.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Well, that didn't take long. News out of Wisconsin poll today: Obama 49% AND Romney 45%. Ryan was more of a bunny flop sooner than expected.

      August 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  34. Judy

    of course he is a drag,. He took stimulas money then pretended he did'nt. Crazy ryan plan will gut medicazre. Gee thats the guy we want. NOT. Forward 2012

    August 17, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Ryan was on the campaign trail today and the media caught him in another outright lie.
      Ryan told the crowd that a GM plant in Janesville had to close down under Obama when, it was already known that the plant closing was under Bush. And easily checked fact and the press is running away with the story.
      -–RYAN – Big Tea Party hero turns out to be a BIG Tea Party ZERO-–

      August 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  35. Judy

    Now we have two liers running on the repo ticket Mitt who wont show us his tax returns and keeps his money overseas so it cant be taxed and ryan who takes stimulas money but says he didn't even whe the papers show he did . And even had his signature on them Come on howard bb frank marsahll and all the rest. Explaine how your boys get away with this. Forward 2012 no more lying repo thugs.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Steveo

      Judy, explain this:

      "If the economy does not improve, I'll serve one-term"
      ""I wil halve the deficit in my first term"
      "We will have the most transparent administration in history"
      "You didn't build that"
      "Unemployment will not top 8%
      "Summer of recovery"
      "Hope and change"
      "Yes we can"

      August 17, 2012 at 11:25 am |
      • bb

        Steveo no ans at all u r 100% right, action speaks louder than words and Oblunder is only words

        August 17, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • Steveo

        BB,

        Hit and run bloggers, bb got to love them! I rememeber the "just words, just speeches?" spill from 08! Looks like the answer is still YES!

        August 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Go ahead, SHAKE-SHAKE-SHAKE--SHAKE-SHAKE-SHAKE -SHAKE YOUR ETCH-A-SKETCH-SHAKE YOUR ETCH-A-SKETCH........

        August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        So your answer to the eight Obama quotes/promises I outlined is: Etch-A-sketch? That your FINAL answer?

        August 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        JUDITH: SO WHAT? PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD NOT PRESIDED BEFORE, HE WAS TRYING TO SURVIVE IN THE WASHINGTON D.C. TUMULTOUS WATERS. HE WAS YOUNG, NATURALLY AS A HUMAN HE MADE SOME MISTAKES, HAVE YOU NEVER MADE A MISTAKE? REAGAN DID (IRAN CONTRA AFFAIR), CHENNEY DID (ENRON OIL PLOT), NIXON PLOTTED WATERGATE, MCCAIN WAS ONE OF THE KEATING FIVE SCANDAL) SO DEMANDING PERFECTION IN POLITICS IS STUPID.

        DO YOU HAVE ALZHEIMERS' DISEASE OR EARLY SENILITY? TSK, TSK, TSK, ARE YOU GOING TO END UP DOING WHAT AYN RAND DID: GOING AGAINST WELFARE AND MEDICARE ALL HER LIFE, BUT AS AN OLD LADY SHE APPLIED AND GOT MEDICARE? HA HA HA. YOU REPUKES ARE SO ARROGANT AND OUT OF TOUCH :)

        August 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • bb

      Jud, Judey Judey, Who cares about his money.. I want someone successful not lip service leading the nation. Lets take a few moments and talk about BamBams sucesses, flew around and apologized for america, picked eric im not a crook holder, heck even Rahm goofball left him. Janet Nappy another great choice. I mean co0me on called the police stupid. Its just been one act of ineptness after another Thats as clear as it gets

      August 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  36. daveyoung

    The only thing Ryan will drag is Obama out of the white house.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      YOU FORGOT ONE WORD: ONLY :) (THE ONLY GOOD THING ROTWEILLER RYAN HAS EVER DONE IS HELP THE PRESIDENT OBAMA CAMPAIGN :) HAHAHAHA

      OBAMA 2012, YES, HURRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, RA RA RA :))) VIVA PRESIDENT OBAMA :)

      August 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  37. daveyoung

    Hey Adam, watch the map turn redder and redder. Hahahahahahahaha

    August 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      NO, RATHER, THE MAP COLOR GIVES MORE ELECTORAL VOTES AND A MAJORITY OF THE NATIONAL VOTE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA :) IF THE MAP LOOKS REDDER, MOST LIKELY FAKE DESIGNERS POSTED FALSE ROMNEY FAKE ADS HE PAID FOR BUT THAT DISTORT THE REALITY.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  38. OBAMA MUST GO!!!!!!!!

    Obama is going to be a drag on Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      NOPE, YOU MAY FANTASYZE THAT, INSTEAD OF EMOTIONALLY PREPARING FOR A LIKELY LOSS :)

      August 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  39. jerrylax

    hahaha...Ryan a drag on Mitt. Obama picked an old inept fumbler for VP...someone who would make him look good (in contrast)....Mitt picks Ryan, smart and articulat...and this is suposed to make Mitt look bad? Try real hard you liberal cool aid drinkers to wrap your mind around this... Hey Barry/Barack dont let the door hit you in the.....

    August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • DG

      Smart and articulate? Ryan has already been exposed as a bald faced liar by documentary evidence. That shows he's dumb to be caught in lies.

      August 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
      • november2012

        an example please... I can give you a page full of obama lies and distortions.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  40. DG

    It hasn't even been a week since Ryan was picked by Romney, and documentary evidence has already exposed Ryan as an egregioius liar. Ryan is not ready for prime time and, for that matter, either is Romney. Ryan-Romney are Bush-Cheney on steroids.

    August 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • november2012

      example?

      August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  41. TheLoneStar

    Romney needs more than his base to win in November. RyAYN will hurt him with independents who will decide the election. Seniors are all but a lost cause because of his stand on Medicare.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • november2012

      and you think obamas pulling $716,000,000,000.00 from medicare to fund medicaid will not cost him votes? What is wrong with you? Ignorance or just a cool-aid drinker?

      August 18, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      wHAT YOU SAY IS ALREADY HAPPENING, FORTUNATELY :))

      August 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  42. man prview eu

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    August 18, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      WHA???........WHO???........HOW???.........HUH???

      August 18, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  43. Dubbleya

    The astute dems realize that the dynamics just shifted. I can't determine if this little writer is in denial or simple oblivious.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      THE PRESIDENTIAL DYNAMICS DID SHIFT: IN FAVOR OF PRESIDENT OBAMA! fORTUNATELY :)

      ROMNEY MADE A TERRIBLE CHOICE OF VP :)
      NOW, I THINK MAY EVEN VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA :))))))))))) I READ YOUR ANGER, CONSERVATIVES: ...MMMH, SUCH IS LIFE!

      R&R HAVE A MASTER REPUKE PLOT? HHAHAHAHAHAHA, WE DEMOCRATS ARE READY :)

      August 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  44. november2012

    Ryan's speech in Florida to seniors was a smashing success...about 10,000+ came and those senior are fired up! While obama talks about some teachers loosing jobs, his continued pandering to left wing voters in desperation.

    The next move for obama is tapping our oil reserves to bring down the oil prices... we do not have a shortage but we will as this thing with Iran escalates. If o'butthead taps this for votes now it may leave us in realtime trouble down stream...He does have a history of throwing American's under the bus when it benefits him i.e....the $716,000,000,000.00 pulled from medicare to fund obamacare(really medicaid)...funds deducted from our pay checks for a future promise...this is called theft and the scum bag got away with it!

    August 18, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  45. november2012

    Ryans speach in Florida this morning wa a smashing success, over 10,000 came. While obama courts the left wing teachers unions.

    obama's next move is to tap the nations oil reserves for votes. We do not have an oil shortage but we may in the future as this thing (really mishandling of the middle east policy)with Iran continues to escalate...we can be in real trouble when there is a shortage. obama does have a record of throwing American's under the bus i.e....tapping $716,000,000,000.00 out of medicare to fund obama care(really medicaid)...these funds came from our pay checks to fund a promise.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  46. Judy

    ryan is a drag on everyone. Against womans rights the elderly . How come he paid more in taxes than mitt. He took stymuls and said he didnt then tried to say an aid did it. Why is romneys money in the caymens.?? dis he write anns horse off as a medical expense??? Answer these questions you repo rejects. Oh and you don't graduate from Harvard cum Luade with bad grades. So shut your moth on that crap which was started by that brain wiz trump. Forward. 2012 away from the crazies

    August 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  47. Tschrny Wolf

    I DOUBT WHAT YOU CLAIM IS TRUE, AT ALL :) YOU REPUKES PRAISE THE WORST MISTAKES YOU NOMINEES MAKE :)
    YOU ARE ENCOURAGING THEM INTO FAILURE :)) I THINK YOU ARE A COLLECTIVE MODERN VERSION OF BRUTO, THE APOSTLE THAT ACCORDING TO YOUR BIBLE , BETRAYED YOUR JESUS.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm |