Ryan as VP pick continues election year focus on Catholicism
August 11th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Ryan as VP pick continues election year focus on Catholicism

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus.

Ryan, a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, is better known for his outspoken fiscal conservatism than for leading on conservative Catholic social causes like opposing abortion and gay marriage.


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  1. Ranz

    A repeat of 2008. This time with a fiscally divisive instead of a socially divisive VP pick. Dems win.

    August 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Obama/Biden-2012 - Incompetent and Senile, Stumbling, Bumbling Forward to Bankruptcy and Ruin

    Why all the emphasis on religion CNN?? What kind of game are you playing here? Biden is a catholic too!

    August 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. CB FL

    Why did the nuns on the bus come out against the Paul Ryan plan.

    August 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Deb in MT

    Haven't Catholic theologians and Bishops already rebuked the Ryan Plan for its draconian cuts to programs for the poor & middle class, saying that it didn't meet the "moral criteria" of basic Catholic/Christian teaching?

    Ryan's proposed budget is an Ayn Rand dream, though, and poor old Ayn was about as anti-Christian as you can get.

    August 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. once upon a horse

    and thus far the Catholic bishops and the "nuns on the bus" are not very much in favor of his budget plan that does very little for the poor or lower income and gives as usual more tax breaks to the wealthy. If this is what Americans want the opportunity is here on Nov 6th.

    August 11, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    Catholics deemed Ryan's plan that would take from the poor to give to the rich as immoral.

    Romney Hood is wrong and not the answer America needs.

    August 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. B.

    Extremism will never win the country and Romney and ryan are as extreme right- wing as it gets.

    August 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Not a catholic


    Because those of us who are not-catholic are really tired of politicians using their position to further their own religious and moral agenda! Biden doesn't do that. Neither did Kennedy!

    August 11, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. once upon a horse

    I remember the look of dismay on Paul Ryan's face as the Catholic bishops called hi out on his budget plan and what it would do the poor and lower class in this country. He looked like a kid nervous about making a confession he didn't want the Father to hear. Perhaps now the Obama camp can declare a "war on religion" with this pick by Romney.

    August 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. myviewis

    Since when do you guys care about Catholics????? You guys are such hypocrites. Now you're using the religion race card??? I thought we were supposed to keep government and religion separate. Now it's convenient to talk religion and how their imput is important in government. Hypocrites!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Per the Catholic Nuns and Bishops, Ryan's budget is IMMORAL.

    You get what you ask for.

    August 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    @ myviews.....

    ROTFLMAO at your hissy fit!

    August 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Joan

    Great. So now the Republican party has a CEO who wants to run the country like a business and a fiscal hawk who wants to cut social programs, give breaks to the rich and pray that "trickle down economics" will finally kick in after ten years. Good luck. The scary part is that everyone is just concentrating on the economy right now. Haven't they noticed that the world is one dangerous place ? Neither of these guys knows zilch about foreign affairs. Romney's trip overseas was an embarassment and a flop. His criticisms came from the Conservative PM, the mayor of London and all the Brithish press not just Liberals. Neither one of them has any background and Romney in fact may have set back Israel-Palestine peace talks with his gaffes. Pres. Obama did not have a lot of foreign affairs background although he was on a committee in Congress. However, his VP pick had years of experience to mentor him and he obviously was a quick study. I would feel much more secure with Pres. Obama making critical security decisions than Romney.

    August 11, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. rose macaskie

    Ryan says that social security, the people sucking of the government, is what caused the debt or implies it, such as rich farmers who getting farming subisdes I suppose, which is a trick of Angela Merkels too and she has been doing very well off it, Richard Quest in his quest-athlon gives Germany the highest marks in the world for ratings, stock market and exports, for doing well in a financial way, better than America and China but other countries are biting the dust over Merkels policies. It looks as if Germany is creating havoc in Europe again this time to her own advantage.
    That pig Ryan is pointing his fingure at the poor for needing help when we know full well that crazy Wall Street behavior and such caused the debt. For the rich to cause so much misery through their own extrodinarily irresponsible childish and mad behavior, they behaved in a way that, had they not been so good at turning everything upside down and getting people to bail them out, would have caused their own fall, so not even self seeking, just stoooopid behavior and then they find a way of pretending that the problem were caused by too many hand outs to the poor who did not get bailed out, that is the height of Machavelian behavior, really diabolic and journalist don't immediatley step on any suggestion that the troubles were caused by too much help to the underpriviledged? Jonathon Mann you did not step firmly on that one and you seem such a nice guy, how could you make it sound as if Ryan was being responsible when he was just passing the buck of the powerful to the underpriveldged? How often will I go on being taken in by nice looking people, to the end of my life I suppose, mind you I am not often whatching the television at the time of Jonathon Manns program so I am maybe getting cross with someone who is nearly always perfect and has just fallen down this once. rose macaskie madrid.

    August 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. myviewis


    Extremism will never win the country and Romney and ryan are as extreme right- wing as it gets.

    Of course you would say that, all the freeloaders and women's group are panicing thinking they actually might have to contribute to society, to the country and start paying for their own lives and live medicare, medicaid and social security for those who truly needed and leave Welfare for those who truly needed and not all those bums who have learned to manipulate the system to get all the freebies.

    August 11, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Wow, a Mormon and a Catholic ... just who evangelical Christians want to vote for – NOT!

    August 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. CA Liberal

    Ryan's budget eliminates poverty by starving them all to death. That's why the nuns won't have anything to do with it. Hoping the nuns survive the current Nazi in the Vatican too.

    August 11, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @myviewis: "freeloaders and women's group are panicing thinking they actually might have to contribute to society ...."

    How do you feel about millionaires who hide their income in the Caymans, Swiss bank accounts and other shelters to avoid paying taxes? Or who write off $77,000 of horse care as a "business expense"? Or risk other people's money to suck out all the assets of a company and then leave it high and dry to go bankrupt?

    Or how about companies that cook their books and lose all their employees hard-earned pension savings when they go belly-up ("burn, baby, burn" Enron)? Or abuse the FDIC and make risky investments, losing everything but not caring because the Fed will bail them out (savings and loans, including Neil Bush, et al)? Or how about Wall Street privatizing profits and socializing losses, relying on the US tax payer to bail them out? Or private health insurance companies who are convicted of Medicare fraud and pay the highest fine in history (Columbia Hospital Corporation owned by Florida Gov. Rick Scott)?

    And what about the 0.5% of American wealthy who've been whining on about how they need more tax breaks so they can "create jobs," even as 10+ years of experience PROVES that all they do with their extra cash is either hoard it or invest it overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist?

    Myviewis, your rants are getting old ...

    August 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @Joan: "Great. So now the Republican party has a CEO who wants to run the country like a business and a fiscal hawk who wants to cut social programs, give breaks to the rich and pray that "trickle down economics" will finally kick in after ten years."

    Actually, we have 30+ years of failed trickle-down economic. Even David Stockman, the architect of trickle-down, has said it doesn't work.

    August 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Alseifus

    I'll take a Capitalist over a Socialist any day.

    August 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    I'll see your Catholic and raise you a bus full of nuns who are currently touring the country, explaining how the Ryan budget will harm the most vulnerable among us.

    "Nuns on a Bus"

    August 11, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @myviewis: "Since when do you guys care about Catholics?????"

    When they ignore the First Amendment and start trying to shove their religious beliefs down my throat is when I care. Nothing hypocritical about that – just a fundamental desire to keep our country from turning into a theocracy.

    August 11, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. cali girl

    Myviews, you have no idea what you are talking about.
    One thing you need to get, medicare will be gone! That is not a freeloader program, as you put it.
    Ryan also plans extreme tax breaks for the rich in his Ryan budget plan. Just ask John McCain, that is what he said directly.

    August 11, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. cali girl

    Joan your post is superb. I agree 100%.

    August 11, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. anthony76

    Could he have picked a more unlikable person as a running mate?
    Imagine Paul frickin Ryan as a President if anything were to happen to Willard???!?!

    Obama 2012.

    August 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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