Mix-up leaves Ryan off Faith and Freedom tele-town hall
October 25th, 2012
11:55 PM ET
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Mix-up leaves Ryan off Faith and Freedom tele-town hall

Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN) – A scheduling mix-up kept Paul Ryan from participating in a tele-town hall Thursday night with conservatives around the nation coordinated by Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

At 6 p.m. ET, when the call was supposed to take place, Faith and Freedom Coalition Executive Director Gary Marx got on the line and announced it was being postponed.

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The call was news to Ryan's Press Secretary Michael Steel, who said the tele-town hall was not on the GOP vice presidential nominee's schedule. Steel said he only found out about it when he saw it mentioned in a blog post Wednesday morning.

Ryan was scheduled to attend two rallies in Virginia and eventually end up in South Carolina; the tele-town hall appeared nowhere on his official itinerary for the day.

Shortly before noon, when Ryan's campaign plane landed at Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Steel said Ryan wouldn't be participating in the call, contradicting what the conservative organization had been promoting since Monday.

Marx expressed understanding about the last-minute change because knows how campaigns operate.

"These kind of scheduling things happen," he told CNN.

Marx dismissed any speculation that Ryan postponed the tele-town hall with conservatives because he was avoiding speaking about Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate who said in a debate that pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen."

Ryan and Romney have yet to publicly weigh in on Mourdock's remarks, though a Romney campaign spokeswoman said Romney disagrees with Mourdock's views.

"With Paul Ryan you have a candidate that's completely confident, who has shown in the most intense spotlight of the vice presidential debate, he's clearly able to discuss anywhere his faith and his stance on the sanctity of life," Marx said.

According to Marx, the campaign is trying to reschedule the tele-town hall in the remaining days of the presidential election.

He said tele-town halls are set up in such a way that can handle changes or cancellations. Some people are alerted by email and some people find out through social media websites, but Marx said their vast network of more than 100,000 members and supporters are not notified until they are called and invited to participate.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Txguy

    Oh sure I bet it was a mix-up. More like based on the Indiana Senator comment, "Ryan don't go and share your true belief of women". Nice try republicans.

    October 26, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Rogue351

    Seniors take a good long look at this man. This man will be the one that takes away, cuts and basically strips social security, medicare and medicaid. He looks like a nice young man and I bet you are saying he would not do that. Well chances are very high that he will, Chances are very high that you will feel it in your pocket book while him and Romney enjoy healthcare for life if they win. Now does that sound right ?

    October 26, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  3. Beverly - NYC

    Mr. P90X can't multi task? Maybe he had another photo op in a homeless shelter.

    October 26, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. "Oust the House" in 2012, vote a straight Democratic ticket!

    And we wonder why Congress is so screwed up?

    If your team, whose sole job it is to arrange your schedule , cannot schedule a simple conference call, then how can they hope to run a country?

    On the plus side, it was only Ralph Reed, I am sure he will understand it was "god's will" at work.

    October 26, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Sue

    So ryan decided NOT to show up and lie, saying he disagrees with the old guys' stance on abortion? Big of him. Especially since he appeared WITH him a day or so ago and said 'we need more people like you in the Senate'. We don't need ANY of these fools making womens' medical decisions for them!

    October 26, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. Thomas

    Ralph Reed / Karl Rove

    Romney = Gw Bush

    October 26, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. Thinking Texan

    God's will?

    October 26, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  8. Lisa

    Haha...no accident. They're keeping Ryan well hidden away from normal populations for as long as they possibly can. This is a scary, scary man ... a man who loves violent-Atheist Ann Rynd but who wants to force his version of sharia law on others.

    October 26, 2012 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  9. Marie MD

    maybe because faith and freedom are not words in his dictionary of lies?
    Too bad . . . . NOT 🙂

    October 26, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. Namejkane 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???

    I guess lyin Ryan lied to his own goofball supporters like romney the tax cheat lied to his own idiot donors about the 47% comment or he lied to 100% of the American people with his new position and I have to laugh at the stupid romney ad as l speak ,saying we will have a 20 trillion defict and other stupid comments targeted at the braindead stupid voters .after obamas next term of four years I guess he can see the future because he's a Mormon ,I can tell romney the future ,two weeks from now you and Ryan will be on the unemployment line and get rid of your stupid ads .

    October 26, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Blatant lies, lies of idiot. Pathetic animal. Shame to USA.

    October 26, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Paul Ryan vp???? Very pathetic idiot.

    October 26, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |

    Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan can run,but they can't hide from American women. The jig is up.

    October 26, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Mittens' campaign has exiled Lyin' Ayn Ryan to the deepest red of the red states. Like Akin and Mourdock, Ryan is a complete embarrassment.

    October 26, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  15. clarke

    so what is the problem?

    October 26, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |