Voter reaction to vice presidential candidates
Impact of picks on race for White House
- Duration 5:44
- Date Aug 22, 2012
Impact of picks on race for White House
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Happening now we're taking a look at the impact the vice presidential candidates are having on the race for the -- -- White House.
Vice president Joseph Biden and congressman Paul Ryan both receiving sort of a lukewarm reaction according the most recent Washington Post ABC news poll.
It finds 43% of those asked have a favorable impression of Vice President Biden 43%.
And the same poll finds 41 -- -- -- -- cent of those -- have a favorable impression of congressman -- 37%.
Let's talk about it -- Jud let -- editor in chief of think progress dot org he's also vice president of communications for the Center for American Progress.
And worked for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign.
Matthew -- -- is the editor of the Washington free -- and a contributing editor for the weekly standard welcome to both of you.
So it's it's kind of a -- on both candidates their numbers job pretty equal in terms of favorable.
And unfavorable is either one of these men gonna drive voters to the polls.
I think at the end of the day in November people be voting for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
I think with the Romney campaign was probably hoping for.
Was a little war of a bounce out of the selection and the roll out.
I in the polls for Paul Ryan you know if you look historically.
I'm usually you have somebody with a higher favorable rating coming right out of the gate we haven't seen someone is either.
-- underwater since Dan Quayle was selected in 1988 so.
I think it's a little bit of a missed opportunity.
But now we move into the convention and we'll see what they can do well it's also true map that even though he's what seven term congressman generally members of congress aren't well known nationally and and -- Simply don't many people in this country simply don't know much about -- That's right and I.
Think the Romney campaign has -- a good job of defining Bryant as someone -- useful as someone who has big ideas about the country whether you agree with them or not.
Also even though these national numbers show kind of a -- On the favorability question we have seen state polls in Wisconsin and Michigan -- chill -- actually since Brian was announced so I think Brian could help Romney.
In those upper midwest states.
Which you know content could make up for maybe losses elsewhere in the country.
What about that -- I mean could Wisconsin.
Go four Mitt Romney this time around.
Well we've seen some polls that are very close there and I think that obviously -- got a long history Paul Ryan does.
But I think what's more.
What might be also worrisome for the Romney campaign is places like Florida.
Places like Virginia where Ryan's positions on Medicare and now as the -- -- controversy kind of consumes the conversation.
-- Paul Ryan's views on women's health and abortion because you -- it is as you might be aware he really had partnered.
We have -- -- -- on a number of pieces of legislation including one.
That was redefining.
The definition of rape and caused some controversy in 2011 so.
I think it's gonna help us some places it may hurt and others and we want to see how little shakes out well.
All taken another look at -- Paul Ryan's impact on the race this from a Wall Street Journal NBC news poll.
Whether -- voters were asked whether it would his addition to the ticket.
Would affect their vote for their inclination to vote for governor Romney 22%.
-- it makes -- more likely to vote 43% said.
Less likely 54% said.
Doesn't affect things either way you can't make it much more even than that map I I gas.
Your point is that that voters are going to learn more about Paul Ryan and like -- more as the campaign goes on.
I think we'll see that have a -- at what I've also think we're gonna see is what Ryan did was give the Romney campaign await to talk about Obama -- They're running it shied away from Obama care for most of his campaign because of what he had done a Massachusetts.
Now though with Ryan on the ticket he can talk about obamacare he can talk about what obamacare does to Medicare.
And I think that gives Romney the same strategy that the GOP used in when he tend to win their historic victory.
And what about -- but what about that -- do you think that.
Bit obamacare is going to be an albatross for the president especially with Paul Ryan on the ticket.
Well I think it's a double edged sword for Paul Ryan because although he's got about even.
Poll numbers as far as him personally.
That's a lot better that his plans -- for Medicare and that Wall Street Journal poll.
They found that up -- rights plan for Medicare.
I is pretty unpopular nationwide by a margin of 1520 points over the president's plan.
And so the question is can they keep the focus on Paul Ryan the person who -- people up pretty much like he's useful he's vigorous he has ideas.
A and also of the very specific policy proposals that Paul Ryan has and that's kind of his nature that's where -- likes to go he likes to get into the details.
And the unfortunate part for him is a lot of those details aren't that popular at least they haven't made Visalia and -- and mad as we're talking about who might next occupy the office of the vice presidency it's worth remembering back to 1932.
When the Democrats were deadlocked in their convention.
FDR ultimately was nominated but this guy John Nance Garner was the speaker of the house.
He through his delegates to FDR and they're -- thereby became vice president tee then opined.
That the position is not worth quote a bucket of warm -- And that's how he became vice president.
Just -- leg a -- continuity thank you both.