Ryan to deliver harsh foreign policy speech in Washington
September 14th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
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Ryan to deliver harsh foreign policy speech in Washington

Washington (CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan will unleash a fierce attack on President Obama's foreign policy Friday in a speech to the Values Voter Summit in Washington, according to excerpts of his speech provided by Mitt Romney's campaign.

Ryan will also highlight his Catholic faith in his speech to the gathering of social conservatives, which is sponsored by the Family Research Council.

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Read the excerpts below:

Look across that region today, and what do we see? The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria. Mobs storming American embassies and consulates. Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration. Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome. That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace. And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration …

The President is given to lectures on all that we owe to government, as if anyone who opposes his reckless expansion of federal power is guilty of ingratitude and rank individualism. He treats private enterprise as little more than a revenue source for government. He views government as the redistributor and allocator of opportunity. Well, the results are in for that, too. Here we are, after four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look. After four years of dividing people up with the bogus rhetoric of class warfare, just about every segment of society is worse off ...

In the President's telling, government is a big, benevolent presence – gently guiding our steps at every turn. In reality, when government enters the picture, private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt. This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you're going to do things the government's way. Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it. As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens – in defense of religious liberty.

Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Paul Ryan • Washington D.C.
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    These two gop liers only foreign policy experience is protecting msss com the pesky invaders from new Hampshire romney the tax cheat !!!

    September 14, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I expect to hear nothing but more false and misleading statements critical of Pres. Obama. When is Paul "I haven't run the numbers,yet." Ryan going to follow suit with Romney and take a goodwill tour overseas somewhere?

    September 14, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. 1twinsfan

    "I can see Canada from my house."

    September 14, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. truth hurts

    WOW!! Now THAT is a great speech and dead on accurate. Romney and Ryan need to be giving that speech everywhere they go.

    September 14, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Paul Ryan might want to wait until things calm down in North Africa. Just my opinion, mind you.

    September 14, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    Do the Romney/Ryan Foreign Policy Speeches sound a like like the Bush/Cheney Speeches ?

    September 14, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Dennis Freeman

    Paul Ryan – foreign policy expert...OMG

    September 14, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Bill

    Now this 42 year old whelp is a foreign policy expert? Laughable at best.

    September 14, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. phillip Ryan

    I expect vice President Ryan to knock this out off the ball park

    September 14, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Lionel

    Ryan is a worse VP candidate than Sarah Palin. What is his foreign policy experience?

    He has lied about everything. Oh, I ran a marathon in 3 hours. How can you not remember your time. Even professional athletes could not do that. How are we supposed to believe this guy.

    September 14, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    This from a guy who on September 11, accused President Obama of using foreign policy as a "shiny object" to distract from other issues. He's the last person who should say ANYTHING about foreign policy, except to apologize to President Obama for lying like the liar that he and mittens are. He should hang his head in shame.

    September 14, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Name

    Can't wait to see Biden vs Ryan debate(s).

    September 14, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Jon

    So the President and the State Department knew 48 hours before the allack on the embassy that an attack was going to happen ... and they did nothing about it ... And you liberals call that foriegn policy ... give me a break.

    September 14, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. BillSD33

    Once, just once I would love to hear what THEY would do if they were president. Would they go back to the Bush way of unilaterally invading countries? Would they start wars without having them funded? I think the current uprisings show we need to be careful who we support and how we support them. Don't forget how many American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq with the weapons the US had given them.

    September 14, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Paul_I

    Ryan is advocating "Ugly American Diplomacy" which pushed country after country into the arms of the Soviets and damned near got us into a nuclear war. After we made progress with the likes of Reagan, Bush I and Clinton, we took major steps backwards with Bush II "Cowboy Diplomacy". Ryan's foreign policies will create more enemies for America. As for Catholic charities, yes, they provide many beneficial services that are delivered with a large dose of religious indoctrination. Relying on Catholic charities to deliver public services is tantamount to endorsing a state religion.

    September 14, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. t.marino

    This man is the biggest tool I have ever seen. Not a decent bone in his body. Cannot stop lying and embarrassing himself. This man calls himself a Catholic. He had better go to confession then, he is the worst.

    September 14, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Kate

    The more you get to know him, the less you like him, too-–just a "clone" of alexithymic Mitt.

    September 14, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Vic of New York

    Very nice.... Only Paul Ryan seems to be having a hard tie getting the Nuns on the Bus and Catholic Bishops to support his budget plan. So what Catholics is his campaign referring too? Maybe his thinking of that Florida Baptist preacher who set off a Koran burning frenzy last year.

    September 14, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Lyla M

    Ryan and Romney are totally not prepared to deal with foreign affairs. They'd have us in another ground war in no time with no means to pay for it...just like Bush's two unfunded wars. No thanks! Unless they are willing to have their wealthy tax dodgers foot the bill, they should keep out of this. Neither has the experience.

    September 14, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Richard Chichi

    During his speech, Ryan should not forget to say, Gov. Romney, does not need to move mountains to get a terrorist like Osama as part of their next foreign policy if they win

    September 14, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republican foreign policy is about Middle East only ,

    2007 and 2008 G.W.Bush administration reach to other part of the world they recognized they have to rectify our foreign policy

    Now Romney /Ryan want to go back to same old foreign policy

    September 14, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Ryan is out of his mind. He's just adding more crap to the toilet of the republicans as it flushes.

    September 14, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Ben M

    is it just me or I have notice that Paul Ryan reads his points when his doing a stand rally? I have not seeing, Obama, Rodney or Biden looking down on their notes when speaking with the public!

    September 14, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Shorter version: "Obama bad. We good. Amurika control planet. Brown people barbaric, need our parenting. Gun go boom. Maybe sharks with lasers do the trick and fix problem."

    Mittens/Ryan foreign policy platform: Sharks with lasers.

    September 14, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. ytman

    The GOP are taking the focus onto foreign policy.

    Considering that GOP foreign policy has killed thousands of US citizens, thousands of civilians in Iraq, and never caught Osama... well lets see if I can para-phrase.

    "Go ahead punk. Make my day."

    Seriously you had a debate with the economy, but this is a gaffe you can not recover from. Most people don't care about this stuff, its scary to them but it doesn't affect them. You wont get the indies by this.

    September 14, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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