Ryan spokesman responds to 'Judeo-Christian' comments
November 5th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
1 year 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. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The dynamic GOP duo of 'Bat Crap Crazy Man' and 'Boy Blunder' have lied enough for an entire lifetime. Lower life forms like Mittens and Ryan should not be in an elected office.

    November 5, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    This from a guy whose running mate is a Mormon.

    This Christian will NEVER accept or vote for either of you, so take your campaign of HATE, RACISM, LIES and SUPPRESSION and get out of the way, so we can continue moving forward with the current CIC.

    November 5, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Bill

    Yet another reason the Romney-Ryan ticket is doomed. Playing religion with politics. It stinks and so do people who try to inject into a political race.

    November 5, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Tony

    I know that I will never get a straight answer out of them, because Romney and Ryan do not like to answer questions, but how exactly does Obama threaten Judeo-Christian values, Marathon Man?

    November 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Pete

    Must be something going on that Ryans being sent to all those little hick towns,cities that Romney wouldn't be caught dead in!!Heard a rumor of a little tift between the two like McCain and Palin had just before their wheels came off,remember that republicans how McCain was saying he lost because of her,he did pick her out didn't he!Well pathelogical liars won't get along because their lying and egos keep getting in the way because Ryan wants his policies implimented and Romney,well who knows what he has because he keeps changing his as usual!!

    November 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F

    In Florida, you see elderly retirees with Bumper stickers, "End Socialism Now," because Fox foreign owned media preys on the uninformed. Social security, medicare, public education, veteran's benefits, and ACA are a thorn in the side of right wingnuts.

    November 5, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. ghostriter

    So, the guys who is a practicing christian would compromise judeo-christian values more than the guy who is not a christian.

    How the heck did I get on Conservative Island?

    November 5, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    threaten "Judeo-Christian values"

    Thank Billy Graham Inc. for delisting Mormon as a cult.
    I had it pegged as a "Judeo-Christian-Scientology"

    Has God actually approved this? Is it official at the Vatican? Kissed by the Pope?

    November 5, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. gb0432

    code words for "our President is a Black Muslim..".. he is not one of us...Romney/Ryan continue to do everything to whip up the white male vote

    November 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    What in the sam H-LL is THE Judeo-Christian values"–

    November 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    A co-worker of mine just told us that his wife, who is in medical school, was helping the people on the Psych ward prepare their absentee ballots: the crazy people are all voting for Romney. Now we have proof that conservatism is a mental condition, and that its covered under Obamacare. The Righties would just have them all shot or sterilized.

    November 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Bill Graham

    Seems like a violation of the Establishment Clause if you ask me.

    November 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    I heard that Ryan has an interview with a Washington lobbyist group on Thursday. I read it some where, so it must be true.

    November 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. beevee

    The lying Pinochio Ryan has been spewing all kinds of nonsense ever since he became running mate of the flip-flopping Romney. nothing he says holds to facts check and he is shameless throughout the campaign and he call himself a christian. He is a better fit to join the Chipeendales than stay in politics. The GOP thinks that this harldy undergraduate is an economic wiz. Pathetic. I hope he loses badly.

    November 5, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Ind., when the election is over tomorrow, you'll feel like a partial birth abortion.

    November 5, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Republican congressmen do not understand American values. They are not one of us. It is foreign for them to understand the struggles of people due to the Bush/republican near depression.

    November 5, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. MDDon

    Inserting government into the bedroom is a Judeo-Christian value? Helping people to plan their families so we don't produce more children than we want or need is a Judeo-Christian value? Providing everyone with health care at an affordable price is against Judeo-Christian values. These are not the values I was raised with. Maybe the Republicans have rewritten the bible, too.

    November 5, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Dan5404

    A radical making radical statements. If anyone is violating them, it is Ryan. He, like many evangelical preachers,is trying to force religion into government. That's what the exremist Muslims do, but he considers it OK in this case.
    They believe their particular church doctrine is the only God-given one, and it should be ruling government as well as everyone else, just like many Muslims. No difference, except more violence among the latter.
    They called Romney a cult leader, but they are so devoted, they'll take a so-called cult leader over someone that is a Christian and believes God loves everyone, not just the self-righteous. I am also a Christian and have been for many decades..

    November 5, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Hey the philosophy of the Righties is that, if you can't change the world, create your own. Ryan has lived in a world of Ayn Rand-inspired policies, the ideas of a Russian atheist, for over 20 years, making her books required reading for his staff. Now he wants us to believe he's a practicing Catholic again? Please.

    November 5, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Bob

    "Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding."

    His momma needs to slap him silly for the lying putz he is.

    November 5, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. MDDon

    Inserting government into the bedroom is a Judeo-Christian value? Helping people to plan their families so we don't produce more children than we want or need is a Judeo-Christian value? Providing everyone with health care at an affordable price is against Judeo-Christian values? These are not the values I was raised with. Maybe the Republicans have rewritten the bible, too.

    November 5, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Truth hurts: "Some political shennanigans going on here? Hmmmm....."

    Time to get your tin foil on.
    Living life as a paranoid conspiracy must hurt, that is when confronting the truth it must hurt.
    Like an alcoholic out of booze, try mouthwash or radiator fluid.

    November 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Expat American

    This from a Paul Ryan who wets his trousers at the thought of putting rape victims in prison himself.
    Horrible, disgusting but not at all surprising.

    November 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Expat American

    Murdoch = Akin = PAUL RYAN

    November 5, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Lar5

    Ryan wants to destroy American values that protect women, people of color,the poor and needy seniors and the incapacitated. He undermines the essence of this country and would impose his zealot driven religion on all. The man hates all the traditional "Christian" values of this democracy. Jesus cannot be very happy with this guy!Paul Ryan is the one who is"the other."

    November 5, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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