Ryan spokesman responds to 'Judeo-Christian' comments
November 5th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan spokesman responds to 'Judeo-Christian' comments

(CNN) - A spokesman for Rep. Paul Ryan defended the Republican running mate's comments Sunday night –when he warned evangelical Christians that another four years of President Obama would threaten "Judeo-Christian values"– were part of a topic the GOP vice presidential candidate mentions "frequently during the campaign."

Spokesman Michael Steel said Ryan "was talking about issues like religious liberty and Obamacare."

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The remarks came during a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference call with conservatives over the weekend. Ryan used more heated rhetoric to describe the direction he says Obama will take the country with another four years in the White House, according to news organizations that were on the call.

Ryan, who is Roman-Catholic, said the president is leading the nation down a path "that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty, and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian values… that made us such a great and exceptional nation."

Ryan was previously set to hold the tele-town hall in October but had to cancel due to a scheduling mix-up.

In the vice presidential debate, Ryan made a similar argument, saying aspects of Obamacare were "assaulting the religious liberties of this country."

"They're infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals," Ryan said in his face-off with Vice President Joe Biden in Danville, Kentucky.

He continued: "Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties. And with respect to abortion, the Democratic Party used to say they wanted it to be safe, legal and rare. Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding. Taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid."

Ryan was referring to concerns that the U.S. Health and Human Service mandate on contraceptive coverage as a part of Obama's health care law violated religious freedom of conscience by requiring certain religious groups and organizations to provide contraceptive coverage for employees.

The policy now includes a wide exemption for religious groups; requires insurance companies, instead of religious employers, to foot the bill; and still includes a year to hammer out the details.

–CNN's Jim Acosta, Shawna Shepherd and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Willie K.

    Christian values like feeding the poor, healing the sick, loving your neighbor - all things which Ryan has tried to destroy as a US Congressman and follower of Ayn Rand, an atheist. What a lying hypocrite!

    November 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Buckeye

    When will Munster learn to keep his religion out of my politics?

    It will be sweet when he goes zero for two tomorrow and then has to stop leaching off the taxpayer dime.

    November 5, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    This from the guy whose Pathology fo Plutocracy budget was declared un-Christian by the chuch itself?

    I sincerely hope he loses both bid for election and that the offers from soup kitches for a dishawasher position come pouring into his mailbox.

    November 5, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    SHUT UP, IDIOT. This animal has no brain. I do not know how this animal got elected to two year congress. We need EDUCATION. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    November 5, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Kentucky Burbon

    oh...... there he is.... forgot he was even in the race........ been down in Alabama and Mississippi assuring the core of the Republican Party.... Heck He's the "Elephant" in the room

    November 5, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. cf

    Obama is a Christian. Romney is not. What part of this do Republicans refuse to understand?

    November 5, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Toronto

    I am Catholic , Canadian and Certain that I would not want you to be the second in command to the leader of the Free World.

    November 5, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are no Judeo-Christian values. There are Jewish values and Christian values. They are DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AND HAVE DIFFERENT RULES. Mr. Ryan is also missing the point that everyone has to play by the same rules. Organizations that are administered by religious organizations have to play by the same rules as anyone else because they are not just serving their own group.

    November 5, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. KC Yankee

    Former Governor Mitt Romney is toast. He is just going through the motions before he shuffles off the national stage, let us hope for the last time.

    November 5, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    And the gop will probably wonder why they lost the elections????? They lost because we aren't electing any more teaparty freaks to run our country ,
    Freaks who don't belong in government at any level
    !!!!!!

    November 5, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. cedar rapids

    "Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding. Taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid"

    Hey Ryan, bearing false witness is a sin remember?

    November 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. cali girl

    well, if all the lies and mis truths don't work, throw up some religion. Not funny at all coming from a Mormon and a Catholic.

    November 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Biblical values? Compare the [D] platform to the [R] platform relative to biblical values. The [D]s come out on top every time, including Obamacare.

    Compare the [R] campaign trying to get people not to vote or to get their vote not counted, compare that to [D] get-out-the-vote campaigns. According to [R] delusions, one must accept that Jesus expressed his support for lying cheaters.....I suppose that book is just missing from the current bible, suppressed by the socialists and liberals.

    You'd have to be a genetic bit-flip away from being a Neanderthal to vote [R] tomorrow.

    November 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "forgot he was even in the race"

    There's a big fat reason for that: CNN and the rest of the MSM intentionally avoided covering him as feverishly as they covered Jabberwocky Barbie, because his budget and other votes he made were damaging to Mittens, even just int he sense that focus on Ryan would force Mittens to talk about those issues, and they couldn't have that AND a horse race...so one had to go.

    November 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Sly

    What the hell is a judeoChristian?

    Damn, these religious wack's have so many huge words ... need an interpreter.

    I think he is saying that God caused Hurricane Sandy because President Obama is leading the electoral vote.

    But frankly, I think Sarah Palin spoke better English than this hick.

    November 5, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The "Nuns on the Bus" were not happy with Lyin Ayn Ryan taking atheist positions against the poor, the needy, and the homeless. He dumped his catholic upbringing to become a 'me first' republican.

    November 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Mike

    As an observant Jew, I believe that President Obama is perfectly in line at least with the Judeo part of this. In Judaism, we are taught to care for the orphan, the widow and the stranger and to not put a stumbling block before the blind.

    November 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Dave

    We saw Ryans Judeo-Christian ethics when he lied about his Marathon run. We saw Willards when he lied about everything else. They are in league with their Devil, not the upscale alternative.

    November 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    Gee CNN... Two Ticker stories dealing with the religion of BOTH Republican candidates the day before the election??? Some political shennanigans going on here? Hmmmm.....

    November 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    You're budget is not aligned with Christ' teachings. For you to be a man of faith, you sure lie as if it wasn't one of the 10 Commandments.

    November 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Kentucky Burbon

    So "Obamacare" Healthcare for all a Republican Idea would threaten Judeo-Christian Values but a Mormon in office is okay, a Liar in Chief is okay, The party of Reagan/just thought now I know the real issue. President Obama is more like President Reagan than any Elected or public figure Republican in America today!

    November 5, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is the exact same talk that ended Republican Rick Santorum's candidacy, so what does that tell you, he didn't and hasn't learned a darn thing and isn't qualified to be a candidate. Former RNC Michael Steele needs to shut up, Republicans used him up in 1 year and fired him using a bogus excuse, now we see why.

    November 5, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Name BANGO

    He must go to confession every hour. What a LIAR!!!

    November 5, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Ind.

    Ryan is Correct.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012
    Because there really isn't any other choice.

    November 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Ind.

    Pelosi and Sebelius are both Pro-Partial Birth Abortion.

    No surprise actually.

    November 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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