Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election
November 5th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
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Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election

Johnstown, Colorado (CNN) - Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic, asked a priest he met at a restaurant Monday to bless a rosary he carries with him.

The Republican vice presidential nominee was in the middle of a five-state battleground blitz through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the day before Election Day when he met Father Greg Ames prior to his second rally in Johnstown, Colorado.

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At Johnson's Corner, a truck stop restaurant and gift shop that's been in business for 60 years and is renowned for its cinnamon rolls, Ryan walked up to the counter with wife Janna and three kids and said, "Can I order two dozen cinnamon rolls, regular size, but can we see one just so we can like stare at it for a little bit before we eat it?"

The fitness fanatic who prefers healthy food to sweets marveled at the size of the 12-ounce cinnamon roll his server Kelly handed him in a plastic container. He held it up next to his 10-year-old son Charlie and 7-year-old son Sam.

"Look at that, it's about the same size as your head, Sam," he said.

While he waited for his to-go order of cinnamon rolls Ryan turned to a nearby booth and met Ames, who introduced himself to the vice presidential hopeful as "Father Greg." Ryan noted the Catholic priest, who is from Immaculate Heart of Mary with a parish of 5,000 in Northglenn, was dressed casually in a white long sleeve shirt, pants, and a gold necklace with a cross.

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With his wife nearby Ryan asked Father Greg to bless his Rosary that he pulled from his jacket pocket. The Wisconsin lawmaker, who takes his children to Sunday mass at home in Janesville, has said since he joined the Republican ticket on August 11 he's been really moved by the number of people who offer him rosaries on the campaign trail.

After the candidate received his blessing Ryan was asked how he was feeling about the presidential election and he said, "I feel very good."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Kay

    Nice positive story. Thanks for sharing CNN.

    November 6, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Anne

    HE is the reason I vote for Obama. I don't want his religion in my daily life !

    What you said is so dumb. You should know that truly religious people are humbled and don't impose their religious on anyone. Vote Obama if you are an adept of his religious ideology. And don't forget about revenge, it's so religious!

    November 6, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Here we go again

    The role of politicians is not to put God in our lives. It's to run the (secular) government.

    November 6, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Disgusted

    Oh dear. Now if Romeny and Ryan win, the atheists will be complaining that someone interfered.

    November 6, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. PJ

    "....restoring value and putting God back into our everyday lives".
    Actually, "putting God back into" your everyday life is your responsibility. Religion is a very personal thing, and
    something that cannot be taken away. You can pray freely in America, unlike other countries. Most of us
    pray quietly to ourselves, and most of us do not make a big deal out of asking someone, in a public place, to
    "bless" the cross we carry. You say "God bless Romney and Ryan", most say "God Bless America".

    November 6, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Today I cast my vote against hate, anger, division, greed, power, and contempt. Today I cast my vote for President Obama.

    November 6, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. noAd

    Aren't rosary beads blessed just once? It's hard to believe that if he was carrying them in his pocket as a constant token that they wouldn't already have been blessed. So now they're doubly blessed, making them super powerful? What a naked PR move, while he's feeding junk food to a kid.

    November 6, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Daniel

    Instead of a blessing, Paul Ryan should be asking for forgiveness. His incessant lying during this campaign has not only betrayed his own faith but also the trust of the American people. Vote carefully.

    November 6, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. SavedByGrace

    To Lynda~
    I have never heard of any other president in our history encouraging people to vote for revenge. Are you a vengeful person? Did that message resonate with you?

    November 6, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Al

    What if the preist only appeared to bless his rosary, when in fact he actually put the kibosh on them?

    November 6, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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