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. ezduzit757

    Ryan is running for two offices, vice president and state representative. It will be fun to see him be a two time looser.

    November 5, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Ind.
    Pelosi and Sebelius are both Pro-Partial Birth Abortion.
    No surprise actually.
    ========================================

    If only their mothers had been.... The country might have been spared.

    November 5, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    GOTP–The American Taliban is alive and well.

    November 5, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    Ryan is just feeding into the religious conservative mythology that in 1776 this country was apparently run by TV evangelists in suits. In reality, religion was varied and debated in 1776 just as it is today and should continue to be – and continue to be separated from the Federal Government.

    November 5, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Peter Hernandez

    I guess that throws the "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" thingy out the window.....

    November 5, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. DianeRPCFL

    So, according to Ryan, only Jews and Christians have American values! Get that all you Muslim American voters – you don't have values according to Pontiff Ryan.

    November 5, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. An Ohioan who voted for Obama

    It is very telling that Romney is not even contesting MA because his record there as governor is terrible. The following facts about his jobs record in MA are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    "Under Romney, MA fell to 47th out of 50 states in job creation and the median income declined."

    "When he left office, MA's unemployment rate was higher than the national average for the first time since 1995."

    "In Romney's first 2 years, wages fell by 5% – the steepest in the nation. While the median income was on the rise, it was dropping in MA."

    "Economic growth trailed the rest of the country every year he was governor, and job growth failed to keep up with population growth, even as the reverse was true in the rest of the country."

    "He was going to be our state governor, the state's top salesman who could talk businessman to businessman and bring home those good-paying jobs. It was all bunk, of course."- Steve Bailey, Boston Globe Columnist, 2-15-06

    The fundamental question is thus this: if those who know him best (MA) do not want Romney, why should anyone else?

    November 5, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. DENNA

    What the He** is wrong with Romney and Ryan? These two are not even remotely acquainted with the truth. I am so tired of them and pray fervently that they do not win. America will lose its credibility on the world stage. The GOP accused the president of going on an "apology tour". Well if Mittens wins he will go on a "kiss America's a** because we are so swell" tour. I pray that if he get in he does not succeed in alienating any allies we have left.

    November 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. annebeth66

    Preach, Pinocchio, Preach!

    November 5, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. A Kickin Donkey

    With any luck, an Obama victory for a 2nd term, despite the McConnell, Bachmann, Boehner, Cantor, Gingrich conspiracy to make him fail {that they launched on January 20, 2009} will mark the end of the Republican Party believing that their coded racial, dog whistle appeals are still effective.

    They will lose and until they drop their hostility toward blacks, women & latinos; they will continue to do so. Conservative is code for white males come first.

    November 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Brenda

    THe republicans are just plain NUTS, period. They have brainwashed half of the country with their hatred and bigotry. Tomorrow can't come soon enough for me. OBAMA 2012

    November 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Expat American

    In regards to women’s rights, Paul Ryan woke up early, so he could be the the first in line, holding the biggest stone.

    November 5, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. JustAO

    Do we honestly need any more evidence today's GOP mantra is likened to Sharia Law overseas? How many stupid policiticians talking about writing laws and combining those laws with their personal religious beliefs to govern millions of American's lives?

    I simply can't wait til the old generation is not the majority voting block in this country and we can be free from religious ideologies in U.S. government.

    November 5, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. DaveSEMass

    Mormonism is a cult and is therefore a threat to Judeo Christian values. They don't teach that Jesus is the brother of Satan in my church and I rarely miss a week. Romney is a high priest in this cult. He is a MUCH bigger threat to JC values.

    November 5, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. wiseone

    The Affordable Health Care Plan created by the Obama administration insures 58 million americans. Is Ryan saying the religious community should not support helping the uninsured? If so these are not God-fearing christians. Maybe they are like the KKK who worshipped Christ on Sundays after lynching Blacks on Saturdays.

    November 5, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. WhatNow

    So, Mr. Ryan, what about those of us who don't believe in any religion. Do we count? What about people of other beliefs, are they less American? You are wrong and it is time we omitted religious fanaticism from government. Take it back to your church.

    November 5, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Psst: GOPers. Leave off anti-women's rights issues. It's a losing argument ... and it will always be a losing argument.

    November 5, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. DENNA

    It all boils down to this: Romney/Ryan – the bigot vote; Obama/Biden – the patriot vote. All kidding aside why do I not see any minorities in the audience behind Romney, but I see whites and blacks in the audience behind President Obama? Because the audience behind President Obama represents what America really looks like. Enough said! :-)

    November 5, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. joe

    ryan is an arrogant SOB. he is judgemental and a fearmonger. he and people like him are the real reason why the GOP cannot expand their base. people are fed up with the lies and personal attacks.

    November 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. ronb

    Which values would that be, Lyin Ryan? The one that says take care of the sick and the poor? Or, the one that says feed the hungry? Or the one that says clothe the naked? Or the one that says I am my brother's keeper? Or the one that says Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor? Or, or, or.... I don't think this guy knows the first thing about being a Christian. It sounds like he and Romney are talking about the one that goes give unto caesar??? These guys are a shameless pair of losers. Send them both home tomorrow!

    November 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. John Stefanyszyn

    Mr. Ryan speaks of protecting "judeo-christian" values....
    ...this can only be done by embracing first and foremost the way of &belief in freedom of all religions.
    ...embracing the "god of fortresses" in order to protect one's personal fortress.

    But Only Christ will rule!

    November 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Mitt RobMe

    Does Romney support School Prayer, and does that include praying to Joseph Smith? Would Ryan support the Hail Mary in school prayer?

    November 5, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Duane Allen

    More ignorant commentary from of Lyin' Ryan... the fact he's still campaigning for his House seat speaks volumes. Let's all pray that he loses both and we can began moving ahead with a President who has a real plan, who can cogently enumerate it, and has the experience in the Oval Office to continue our recovery. The Salt Lake Tribune, in the bastion of Mormonism, endorsed Obama/Biden for President... NOT Romney... that pretty much says it all. Unless of course, you want the opinion of those who know the real Romney, those he actually "reigned over" as Governor of Massachusetts: there he trails Obama by 32 points and didn't bother running for a second term because he had trashed all his capital – that's political capital – not the money he has stashed in secret overseas bank accounts; that's real patriotic, huh?

    November 5, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. The Dude

    The day we look to politicians for our relgious education and leadership is the day that freedom truly dies in this nation.

    November 5, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. walleye46

    When you know you can't win an election, you try scare tactics.

    November 5, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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