AMAC: Poll shows seniors like Ryan for VP by wide marginWhat is the Association of Mature American Citizens? From their About page:
Ryan's Medicare proposal is especially appealing to older Americans.
BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 13 - A survey of members taken on August 11, the day Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan was his pick for VP, showed 82% thought it was a "great choice," said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
"Although the poll was taken on short notice, a statistically relevant 1,200 members responded with the overwhelming majority opting for Ryan over Marco Rubio and other potential choices," Weber noted. He said that AMAC's membership has consistently proved to be up to date on the issues and that he believed they voted the way they did because the Ryan Federal budget plan, as passed by the House, "makes sense," particularly in light of the fact that President Obama has not submitted a budget at all for more than three years.
The AMAC chief said that Ryan's Medicare proposal "is especially appealing to older Americans. It's carefully crafted and ensures that seniors will continue to receive Medicare benefits. Additionally, it would let them opt out to select other choices, such as plans similar to what our Senators and Members of the House now enjoy. What we like most about it is that it puts the patient in the driver's seat, instead of a government bureaucrat in Washington."
Who founded AMAC, and why?They are a right-wing group that decided the AARP was too liberal by advocating for programs that seniors use, like Medicaid and Social Security.
Dan Weber, a family business owner in New York, founded AMAC because he felt the other major 50+ organizations were too liberal and did not represent his views. Rather than do nothing, Weber decided to begin his own organization. AMAC is a conservative, non-partisan organization with the goal of representing those whose core beliefs are not represented by other major 50+ organizations.
So in essence, you have an organization of right-wing seniors who are by default hostile to entitlements, and 18 percent of them think Paul Ryan was a terrible choice. Just think about what effect Ryan will have on normal seniors.
I'll say it again: It was very bold of Mitt Romney to take one of the few reliable demographic groups left to Republicans—white seniors—and put them in play.