Obama campaign: Tight Wisconsin polls a 'sugar high' from Paul Ryan
August 23rd, 2012
11:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign: Tight Wisconsin polls a 'sugar high' from Paul Ryan

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – President Obama's re-election campaign continues to brush off polls showing the presidential race tightening in Wisconsin.

The latest survey, out Thursday from the New York Times, CBS News and Quinnipiac, showed Obama leading Mitt Romney by just two points, 49%-47%.

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That's a narrower margin than the roughly six-point lead Obama held throughout much of June and July – before Romney picked a Wisconsin native, Rep. Paul Ryan, as his running mate.

In an email, an Obama campaign official said the new poll numbers "could be a sugar high from the Ryan announcement" - and said Wisconsin has "gone Dem for years."

The poll showed that only a third of Wisconsinites support the Romney and Ryan proposals to restructure Medicare, the official pointed out.

The Obama campaign also has a bigger organization on the ground, including more field offices, the official said.

Still, Obama has not visited Wisconsin since February and has yet to run a television ad in the state.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Republican Party launched a countdown ticker on its website "showcasing, down to the minute, the amount of time it has been since President Obama stepped foot in the important swing state of Wisconsin" - 189 days.

Since June, Democrats have urged the political world not to draw major conclusions from Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the divisive recall election, saying the race turned on different issues than the ones at stake in November.

But Republicans used that election to identify and turn out millions of GOP voters, giving them confidence they have the tools in place to carry the state's 10 electoral votes for the first time since 1984.

"The Democrats called it a 'dry run for November' and Scott Walker won with a bigger margin in June than he did in 2010," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said of the recall Thursday in a speech to party officials in Tampa.


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Polls • President Obama • Wisconsin
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. gt

    the vote will turn one way or the other the last wk before the election...these polls mean nothing....

    August 23, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. GOP Supreme Leader

    Look at all you nice little GOP minions posting today! Good minions!!! Telling those evil democrats how the GOP will help the poor and middle class people. Hehehe. Now obey your supreme GOP master like good little minions and VOTE AGAINST YOUR OWN INTERESTS!!!!! Atta minions!!!! You go!!!!

    August 23, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. demwit

    Can't ignore Obama on this one..., these guys know thier highs.

    August 23, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Once again, up yours altar boy. Some might see this as a problem for the President but I see it as being worse for the flip flopping duo. That his boy toy's state, right?
    The vp nominee, like the flake from MN, doesn't seem to be as popular as they think he is in their state.

    August 23, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. California Gary

    As I recall.........quite a large number of those people that supported Walker in the recall also indicated they support Obama in the national election. Just because a state has a favorite son on the ballot as the VP, it doesn't always translate into the state being carried by that ticket.......see Clinton/Gore and Tennessee. The Ryan bounce is small and temporary.

    August 23, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    In an email, an Obama campaign official said the new poll numbers "could be a sugar high from the Ryan announcement" – and said Wisconsin has "gone Dem for years."
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    Interesting attitude. Just like the African-American vote, the Obama Administration has Wisconsin In-The-Bag.
    Classic Obama arrogance. But they were also just as arrogant before the mid-term shellacking. That just made it more fun to watch.

    August 23, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. TheAverageAmerican

    President Clinton says the following:

    "This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment."

    "This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place."

    "President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class."

    "That's what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan."

    August 23, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. george of the jungle

    Things will settle down now that people are learning what a real jerk ryan is. Now that he has lied about taking stimulas money and distanced himself from akin people are getting a better look at this romney clone. Forward 2012

    August 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. myviewis

    I don't think Wisconsinites understand that Obamacare uses the savings from the "CUTS/SAVINGS TO MEDICARE", as Obama calls them, to pay for its programs, to fund the Obamacare subsidies and Medicaid portion. In other words, Senior Citizens will be Rationing their medical care and that saved money will go to Obamacare, I think the figure still stands at $716 billion dollars. You buy meat, the meat has a savings of $2.00. You just were able to keep $2.00 in your wallet that you saved. Obama comes along and says I'll take those $2.00 you just saved in the purchase of the meat to pay for Obamacare. Very simple mathematics, it's an old Accounting Trick.

    August 23, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. B.

    Sugar high, yeah, Ryan is mostly frosting and no cake, as people will see.

    Romney didn’t get a bump in ratings because most people already know that Ryan is no friend to Women or the middle class and will be no gain for Romney.

    No-one will be able to save Romney from himself, and you can’t change that. Walks like a Droid, talks like a droid, and is a droid and most people understand that already.

    August 23, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Bessy

    Jobs will increase after the election. After all the Republican business men see that witholding jobs didn't buy them the election and they cannot hold out any longer and remain in business. If people would only Fact Check they would see that the country is really improving, slowly, even though Obama has had no help from the Republicans in Congress or the Senate.

    August 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    The only "high" is being experienced by Obama and the Democrats as they think they have these contests in the bag. News flash! The REAL campaign is just starting and the country knows Democrats are tanking states and the national economy. 2010 was just the beginning of getting the Democrats and Obama stopped. The American people will finish their work in 2012 with removal of Obama and the majority in the Senate. It is the ONLY way to get rid of Obamacare and that is what the Americna people want.

    August 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Penobscot

    Obama calling the people of Wisconsin "high." He infers their stupidity as if they'll come down and settle for Obama.

    I would be insulted if I lived in Wisconsin. The POTUS just called you stupid.

    August 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Martha in CF

    If people vote for the redumblicans because Ryan is from their state-now that is a sad affair...I trust that the WI people will judge for themselves who will best lead this country. The medicare issue, the healthcare issue, the abortion issue is pretty scary.
    Please get out and vote

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. California Gary

    myviewis.......your statement about Medicare being "rationed" is untrue, and I think you must know that. The savings/cuts that you mention do not in any way impact the benefits that people on Medicare receive. There are a lot of things to be honestly debated in the Medicare arena, and reasonable people can be found on both sides of the argument.........don't clutter it up with obvious falsehoods.

    August 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Lisa P

    "Sugar" is not what we're known for consuming here. The Obama campaign needs to figure out how to add some water and yeast, and maybe a touch of hops. After all the state political hoopla the national Democrats are going to have to give us a reason to vote for them this year. Very strong support of Tammy Baldwin's run for the US Senate may be a start - by highlighting Baldwin's successes you also highlight Obama's, and the benefits of a well-run government. The Democrats need to counter the Republican story that government is ineffective, wasteful and useless, and that it therefore doesn't matter if it is run by incompetent, corrupt partisan hacks. RNC PR built his reputation by hammering on this story, it's how he got total fools like Sen. Ron Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker elected to office, and it's what he used $60 million in advertising buys to sell to the people to defeat the recall. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." If the national Dems think Wisconsin is a sure thing, or that all they need to do is bring the President in for a speech or two, then we are sunk. Somebody needs to make the case that we're all better off when we work together, and when government coordinates our efforts to promote the general welfare instead of merely funneling resources from the outsider "have-nots" to the insider "haves" and their buddies. People in Wisconsin know what good government can accomplish, but lately all we're hearing is that we are fools for believing it could ever happen again.

    August 23, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Hank

    Radical Ryan was able to deliver only a 0.1 percentage point "bump" to alexithymic Mitt--that would make it a "microscopic sized" Sugar plum/sugar high.

    August 23, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. gord

    to days republicans remind me of 1930 germany and world knows how that turned out-scary

    August 23, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. DWB

    @Myviewis
    The Medicare cuts proposed in the Affordable Care Act are from the providers, pharma, and hospital fees. They do not effect the individual at all. Besides why are you so concerned about Medicare? It is a government paid health care program.

    August 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Lisa P

    myviewis

    I don't think Wisconsinites understand that Obamacare uses the savings from the "CUTS/SAVINGS TO MEDICARE", as Obama calls them, to pay for its programs, to fund the Obamacare subsidies and Medicaid portion. In other words, Senior Citizens will be Rationing their medical care and that saved money will go to Obamacare, I think the figure still stands at $716 billion dollars. You buy meat, the meat has a savings of $2.00. You just were able to keep $2.00 in your wallet that you saved. Obama comes along and says I'll take those $2.00 you just saved in the purchase of the meat to pay for Obamacare. Very simple mathematics, it's an old Accounting Trick.
    August 23, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am
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    If that $2.00 is going to help feed a hungry neighbor - remember, poverty in Wisconsin is as much white and rural as it is black an urban - then I have to say that most Wisconsinites would be o.k. with that (I'll admit there may be a greedy selfish few who would object - there are some in every crowd). We have a long tradition here - which our current Governor is desperately trying to dismantle - of using efficiencies to extend governmental services. If President Obama can find a way to make Medicare work even better than it already does, and to generally lower medical costs, then extending real health insurance to the currently uninsured sound to me like an entirely appropriate way to use the savings.

    August 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |