Rep. Paul Ryan as Vice-President Pick: Snap Red Twin Cities Survey Shows Republicans Rallying

Twin Cities Patches reached out to our 100 Republican influencers for a look at their opinion of the Romney campaign's decision to add Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as the vice presidential nominee

With the weekend announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as the vice presidential choice for frontrunner and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Patch reached out for a quick survey of its 100 influential Republicans around the Twin Cities area. 

Not surprisingly, Red Twin Cities was encouraged by the choice, despite the fact the Romney campaign chose not to go with Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, another man many figured to be on the "short list" of nominees. 

The majority of the Republicans who responded in our "snap survey" said the move to add Ryan would "galvanize" Republicans behind the Romney-Ryan ticket.

But the respondents weren't so sure about the Ryan choice as a "deal-maker" for undecided voters. Half of the Republicans only "somewhat agreed" with the idea that Ryan will be able to swing undecided voters to the Republican side. 

As for Ryan's strengths, nearly all of our Republicans pointed to Ryan's fiscal conservative policies. 

"Ryan is strong on instituting solid economic principles that will help rein in out of control spending and entitlements," one said. 

"Ryan will do well in the debate with Joe Biden, and he is the polar oppposite of Sarah Palin in technical knowledge," said another. 

The Republicans know Democrats will attack the so-called "Ryan Plan" for balancing the federal budget, which includes controversial cuts to education and Medicare. 

However, 75 percent don't believe that road will lead to a Democratic victory. 

"The choice of Paul Ryan puts deficits and entitlements front and center in the presidential campaign. Win or lose, that's a good thing," one influencer said. 

The Red Twin Cities Survey

Our surveys are not a scientific, random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a group of influential local Republican activists, party leaders, candidates and elected officials in Minnesota. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in Minnesota Patch’s surveys, although not all responded to this story’s questions. Surveys were conducted from June 27 to July 1, 2012.

Patch will be conducting Red Twin Cities and Blue Twin Cities surveys throughout the 2012 election season in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and progressives on the ground in Minnesota. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in periodic surveys that last just a few minutes, please contact Associate Regional Editor Mike Schoemer at mike.schoemer@patch.com.

Red Twin Cities Roster: Sara Anderson (candidate for State House), John Anderson (campaign chair, Palmer for House), David Arvidson (SD 46 candidate), Rep. Mike Beard (HD 35), Bryan Bjornson (Republican activist), Joe Blum (District 52A candidate), Mike Boguszewski (Congressional Dist. 4), Reed Bornholdt (Richfield GOP), Christopher Burns (Woodbury), Nick Caron (campaign mgr. Tuschy for House), Roger Champagne (SD 46 candidate), Matt Chase (treasurer Dist. 46), Steve Cherney, Janalee Cooper, David Cote (Honeywell CEO), Jennifer DeJournett (VOICES of Conservative Women founder), Rep. Bob Dettmer (39A), Don Dickerson (Roseville GOP), Bob Erickson (Lakeville School Board), Kelley Fenton (GOP deputy chair MN), Chris Fields, David FitzSimmons (HD 30B), Mark Fotsch (HD 66A), Hal Fotsch (Dist. 39 organizer), Sen. David Gaither, Stan Genadek, David Gerson (Candidate for Congress), Dennis Gilliespe (Richfield), Richard Glasgow (Washington Co. GOP), Sen. David Hahn, Tim Hall, Sen. Dan Hall, Garold Healy (Hopkins mayoral candidate), Mike Held (SD46 GOP), Dale Helm (candidate 41A), Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, Jeanne Holland (STMA Schools), Sue Holman McCarville (Hopkins GOP), Karin Housley (SD 39), Terry Jacobsen (House Dist. 49B), Arylahn Johnson (HD 49B), Mark Johnson (chair of SD 56), Reid Johnson (candidate for HD 45B), Mike Kaess (SD 51 chair), Emilie Kastner, Rep. Andrea Kieffer (HD 56), Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (SD 30 candidate), Former Sen. Amy Koch (former majority leader), Jon Koznick, Don Lee, Sen. Ted Lillie (Woodbury), Sen. Warren Limmer, Terry McCall, Rep. Joe McDonald (Delano), Mike McGinn, Mike McCllean, Cory Merrifeld (Save the Vikes.org), Gary Mertz (SD49 Communications), Former Sen. Geoff Michel, Dan Morehead (GOP activist), Andrew Mullin (Wayzata city council), Rep. Pam Myhra (Burnsville), Richard Novack (delegate), Kevin O’Donovan (Richfield GOP), Jon Olson (former campaign manager for Chris Fields), Laura Palmer (HD 41), Sarah Patzloff (Edina schools), Jeff Pauley, Rep. Joyce Peppin (Rogers/Maple Grove), Roz Peterson (Lakeville), Camden Pike (Party chair, SD41), Lt. Col. Alex Plechash (head of MN Org. of GOP Vets), Bill Pulkrabek (Washington Co. Commission), Dwight Rabuse (SD 52 candidate), Erik Radtke (staffer, Emmer for Gov.), John Rheinberger (Wash Co. GOP), former Sen. Claire Robling, Mitch Rossow (SD 61 secretary), Chuck Roulet (SD 32 co-chair), Bron Scherer (MN GOP treasurer), Donna Schmidt, Al Schneider (Kline for Congress), Paul Scofield (HD 46), Joe Slamon (SD 53 chair), Chris Soukup, Mark Stefan (HD44B challenger), Rep. Kirk Stensrud (H 48A), Brett Steven (SD 62 secretary), Tom Swain (former mayor of Lilydale), Sen. John Swanson, Lynn Swon, Sen Roy Terwilliger, Sen. Dave Thompson, Blair Tremere (Golden Valley ex-mayor), Paul Tuschy (HD 52B candidate), Shaji Varghese (HD 51A chair), Lynn Wardlow, Tiana Wells (national delegate), Aramis Wells (Ron Paul for Pres.), Mark Westphal (HD 39 chair), Tim Wilkin (former state rep.), former Rep. Kelby Woodard (Northfield), Mark Zasadny (national GOP delegate), Hannah Zasadny (local delegate), Dennis Holman (SD 45), Candace Oathout (District 45 GOP), Jeff Kolb (Fields for Congress) and Rep. Kurt Zellers, Speaker of the House.

Randy Marsh August 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
If the goal is to state the obvious and offer as little insight as possible while wasting everybody's time, then I would like to congratulate Patch for doing such a great job. Well done.
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Would you say the same about a Demcrat leaing survet?
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Oops survey?
rob_h78 August 14, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It is interesting that Romney had to use the VP pick to rally the Republican Base rather than picking someone who would be able to more strongly go after the votes in the middle that will decide the election.
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
In my opinion, it is less about rallying the base than keeping focus on the economy. The current occupant seems not to understand basic Econ 101.
Bob Walz August 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Almost every economists in the Country concludes that the Ryan budget would be a disaster for this country. He wants to cut Social Security and Medicare, while expanding the military and financing more wars on the backs of the poor and middle class. Both Romney and Ryan do not pay the fair share of taxes; they want to cut taxes for the rich because it generates more contributions to their political funds, not because it will create one job. Cutting taxes for the middle class will create jobs. Making the rich pay their fair share of taxes and ending the Bush Wars will balance the budget. Did you know, the US spends more on military than all the other developed countries combined? Talk about rewarding inefficiency. Read what most religions are saying about the Ryan budget, including the Catholic Church; it is IMMORAL.
Randy Marsh August 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Of course I would say the same about a Democrat leaing survet, or a leaning survey for that matter. Maybe Patch should start polling pastors and priests to find out if they believe in God or check in with scientists to see if they think air and water exist.
Randy Marsh August 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Not to sidetrack this, but why should anyone care what the catholic church thinks when it practically encouraged priests to molest children with its policies and practices? You know it's bad when Penn State can still say: "at least we're not the catholic church." Having said that, I agree with much of what you say, Bob.
Dennis Berge August 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Oh Bob - you sound like one big talking point - like a Huffington Post ticker tape. I don't know if you noticed, but even the liberal media is ripping your people and points to shreds. You have spent, what five minutes, writing your post, and there is nothing of substance. I have an idea, you should go and join the occupy movement, hold up your little sign, do the finger movements and chant. Now, about your economists list. Could you provide any proof that "almost every economist in the country" supports your claims? Did you speak with every economist in the country? Do you have a report you can post for all of us to review? I will enjoy reading about your finding and looking at the survey.
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Wow! Great recitation of Democrat talking points, Bob. Wake up and smell reality. Social Security and Medicare are going broke. Social Security is already paying out every dollar it takes in. The rich already pay 40% of all federal taxes so what is their fair share? Our economic system is collapsing under the weight of entitlments, pensions for government employees and removal of vast tracts of land from production and tax roles. As far as the military is concerned, how about we bring the troops home and quit policing the world? Of course we would need to have jobs for them to come home to. How can we manage that with our economy failing, manufacturing shrinking, regulations strangling business and creeping inflation directly affecting the middle class? How about we stop sending billions of dollars in aid to countries that don't like us or what we stand for? While we are at it why don't we invite the United Nations to relocate to another country and stop funding it? It is not immoral to expect churches to provide services to the poor and needy. They are much better at it than the federal government. In the 50's and 60's for example the Catholic Church and other faiths operated the best hospitals in most cities around the nation.
Carbon Bigfuut August 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Define "fair share" - in numbers. How much "fair share" should the bottom 48% of taxpayers pay?
Randy Marsh August 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Candace, I would suggest "their fair share" is more than the 15 percent that Romney and others in his bracket are paying when others in the middle class are sending Uncle Sam a significantly higher percentage of their income.
Dennis Berge August 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
And Randy, you know first hand, how much they paid in taxes? Or are you, like Bob, just spewing your talking points? Facts, Facts, Facts - show us the facts and the proof and not mindless phrases.
Simon D August 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Since the top ten percent of the wealthiest people in this country has over 90% of the money, I think the fact that they only pay 40% of the taxes is naturally too low. The "Trickle Down" economic theory has been well tested and obviously doesn't work. There are no easy, quick fixes. A good place to start might be closing some tax loopholes available to the rich. Why does Wal Mart or any other American company get to manufacture products overseas and get to sell them here without import taxes? We can also probably find a better use for our military by not just laying them off but putting them to work on our infrastructure. Bridge building, highway construction, national park and forest cleanup, and ocean cleanup all sound right up the alley of the Army Corps of Engineers. Would give many of our soldiers some hirable life skills beyond combat and improve our country at less than what we pay the private sector for.
rob_h78 August 14, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Fair Share is such a silly argument because there are "Stated Tax Rates" and "Tax Rates that are actually paid after deductions, etc...". One of the reasons why we will never have a Real Flat Tax is that under a Flat Tax rate of 15% to 20% - with no deductions, no loopholes, no tax shelters, etc.... many very wealthy people would end up paying more real dollars in taxes now because while their stated tax rate is higher than that - by the time deductions are taken into account, etc... they pay a real effective tax rate of less than that flat tax rate. Romney for example said that his effective tax rate in 2010 was 13.9% and he can't recall if he ever paid a lower effective tax rate... Now - here is a reality check for everyone - the bills are coming due - and at some point we will see higher taxes and spending cuts in order to deal with the bills (or they will simply keep growing)... Now when it comes time to pay the bill - if you want to ensure that the wealthy pay as low a real tax rate as possible that's fine - but then unless you are one of those very wealthy people, you are going to have to realize that you will be called upon to pay even more to deal with the deficit - and make up for lower tax rates for the very wealthy - there is no free lunch...
Dennis Berge August 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Oh boy, we got all the complaining, bellyaching, and grumbling liberal males here today. Now it's a party; a looney tones party.
Teresa J. August 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The Catholic church is basically synonomous with big government. Let's tell everyone how to live their lives...
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Please explain where the funding will come from to pay ex-military to work on infastructure? What will government takeover of those jobs mean to the private companies who are now doing that work? What will happen to tax revenue when all those private construction companies go out of business because they can't compete on a level playing field with government? It is easy to say let the government tax more to pay for busy work but that money has to be generated through enterpise. The government just transfers money from one group of citizens to another group while taking a significant about from those taxes to administer its own needs.
Al Anderson August 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
All you'll get is another political bitch session if the Patch runs this ridiculous Red & Blue series. Nothing factual or enlightening to start any conversation. What's the point?
rob_h78 August 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
And Ryan does understand Basic Econ 101? He voted for every big time spending proposal under the Bush Administration and never brought up "Oh, how are we going to pay for all this"... Obama is not perfect but he is introducing ways to start actually paying for some things but not nearly enough... As for Ryan's budget he assumes that everything will go exactly has how he thinks until the mid to late 2030's at which point the budget balances - well actually he says that he will eliminate "loopholes" to offset tax rate reductions but he refuses to tell us specifically what those loopholes are that will be eliminated (which could likely mean that once the tax rates are lowered no loopholes will be closed and well, we saw how well that worked under Bush) - now - if you think that anyone can predict what will happen over the next 20-30 years in those terms - then he isn't a politician he is a Messiah... IMHO - unless Romney proposes an economic package at least as specific as Ryan's you are quite correct the focus will be on the economy and a big part of that will be on Ryan's proposal - medicare, real tax rates for the wealthy and all :) Let the games begin...
rob_h78 August 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Bob - you hit on one very important fact - cutting taxes for the Middle Class will improve the economy, in fact cutting taxes for the middle class would be the best way to stimulate the economy and even make wealthy people wealthier. Jobs are created when people spend money and companies can no longer effectively improve efficiency and they have to hire more people. Companies are not "job creators" - they simply hire people as a last resort to satisfy customer demand. The real job creators are consumers to create the demand that businesses either fill or lose sales. And... the people most likely to spend money are not the wealthy - they already have the resources to buy what they want - and even then there are not enough of them to drive aggregate demand to higher levels - only the middle class and upper middle class has the population size - along with the propensity to consume that can drive the increase in demand that could very easily boost the economy... But of course that means focusing on how to drive tax benefits to the middle class instead of the wealthy - and well - some folks find that quite Un-American and will not hear of such a thing....
Simon D August 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Candace, I didn't say anything about ex-military. I was offering an alternative job for current military, which is already getting a large piece of the federal budget. Instead of just cutting the military budget, we could get better use of an untapped workforce. Remember the 1st Iraq invasion, we bombed from planes for about thirty days before sending troops in, destroying every airstrip, bridge, highway, utility, and communications tower in the country. Guess who rebuilt most of that? We used some private contractors, but it was mostly the Army Corps of Engineers that rebuilt their infrastructure. Remember when 35W bridge collapsed? The highest bidder got that job, no doubt because it offered the best kickbacks to whoever was on the approval committee. We paid nearly $400 million in tax money to rebuild that bridge. Being ex-military and ex- construction industry myself, I certainly can see tremendous taxpayer value to redirecting efforts to the good of our country. I know its just a pipe-dream, because of all the special interest money our politicians receive from the construction industry. Just offering it as an idea.
Candace Oathout August 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I've experienced the work of the Army Corps along the International border in westernmost San Diego County, along the Mississippi river. Many of these projects have been/are environmental disasters that have produced horrendous unintentional consequences so I'm a little skeptical. Especially since they steamrolled (no pun intended) over all objections only to see the exact consequences occur that they were warned about. I agree with you, unfortunately, that it is a pipe dream. I just don't see the government having fiscally responsible answers. When I commented ex-military I made the assumption that there would be a continued reduction in forces. If there is not, the government is continuing deficit spend at what are sure to be inflated costs.
Carbon Bigfuut August 15, 2012 at 06:57 PM
So Simon, you would tax wealth? We currently don't do that in this country. Comparing wealth with taxes that are paid yearly is not valid. Wal-Mart does not manufacture overseas, as they are a retailer. They may buy foreign-made products, but they don't make them. Again, your point is not valid. As to our military, I would prefer to have them practice what they may need to do in the next conflict, instead of picking up trash in a forest. We have teenagers that could be doing that.
Markus August 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Mark Skousen would disagree. http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/consumer-spending/
Markus August 22, 2012 at 02:23 AM
"Almost every economists in the Country concludes that the Ryan budget would be a disaster for this country." It most likely would be disastrous. Probably for different reasons than you believe however. Maybe that's why the Obama administration has never passed a budget. We have nothing to compare Ryan's to.
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