Ryan spokesman responds to 'Judeo-Christian' comments
November 5th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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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. DENNA

    The Robme/Lie To Me ticket is just not to be believed. They are either insane and don't understand what they are saying or they are bold faced liars who think that we are all stupid. Either way, these two do not belong anywhere near the Oval Office.

    November 5, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. R.U. Kidding

    These religious extremists threaten the First Amendment.

    Remember... Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

    November 5, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Yonni

    This guy is very dangerous man to use religion to shore-up vote like we are in the 18th century. What Lyin-Ryan knows about religion he was a disciple of Ayn Rand?

    November 5, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. ghostriter

    I'm still trying to figure out how the non-christian guy is better than the christian guy?

    November 5, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. RR

    Romney and Ryan are doomed and their campaign knows it. Along with their loss will be the Tea Partiers also. I just can not wait. When the Obama/Biden win is announced tomorrow night, I will go outside my house and scream out loud...4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years...

    November 5, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Ken

    Mitt – As much as you have tried to keep Lyin Ryan hidden these past few weeks, you just can't stop him from spewing his religious dogma.!! Be careful – he might re-open up the war on women before tomorrow gets through!!

    November 5, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. California Gary

    Good stuff ronb.......values indeed. I don't think the Ryan/Romney team would know a value if it walked up and bit them on the nose.

    November 5, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Fran

    Apparently this so-called "Chrisitian" forgets that Christ also said "Render unto Caesar..." Enough of this Christo-Taliban arrogance. Separation of church and state in the US is real, affirmed by both legislation and court decisions. If you want a theocracy, go live somewhere else.

    November 5, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Ralph Reed = Paul Ryan

    Karl Rove = Mitt Romney

    GW Bush = Romney / Ryan

    November 5, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. marty

    Wonder how often Paul Ryan goes to confession after some of the whoppers he's been saying. The Nuns on the bus said it well with reference to the candidate and his pronouncements.....Ryan does not demonstrate the values of his faith.

    November 5, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Zoe P.

    "The [Obamacare] policy now includes a wide exemption for religious groups; requires insurance companies, instead of religious employers, to foot the bill..." Hmm...Ryan forgot to mention THAT. By doing such deception, which is basically lying, he also forgets the Biblical Commandment not to lie or bear false witness. Some Christian this guy is. NOT!

    November 5, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |

    Religion is a private matter unless politicians publicize it. What part of separation of church and state does the GOP not get? Apparently all of it.

    November 5, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    I wonder if romney is going to place his hand on the Book of Mormon, or the Christian Bible, when ( or IF ) he gets to be sworn in, as our next commander – in – chief.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 5, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. James L.

    There is nothing against abortion in the bible and if a man accidentally causes a miscarriage, it's a fine. The bible doesn't even recognize children souls until long after they are born. This religious garbage is a total fabrication by religious zealots. Romney and Ryan are running all over the country screaming anti-abortion nonsense. Romney's son used a surrogate to have twins ( so much for one man/women) and the contract specified termination if either party found the fetus imperfect. Romney is a lying fraud ,manipulating the gullible and ignorant, so blinded by their own prejudice they don't realize Romney/Ryan are just using them for their personal political gain and nothing else.

    November 5, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. judith

    Ryan is a devotee of Ayn Rand an atheist and champion of absolute selfishness. I don't want him anywhere near the helm of government. His comments on Judeo-Christian ethics is just a last minute red meat throw-out to the gullible.

    November 5, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Nicole, Germany

    With all due respect to differences, I trust most Americans will wake up today with one thought in mind: keep that land blue by the end of the day. A message of hope from a European fan.

    November 6, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  17. Gar

    Romney/ Ryan are the scary religious right wing nuts that do not need to be anywhere near the oval office. Both of these politicians cannot maintain their own ideas. Instead, they flip flop, agreeing to the people they are speaking to in that very moment. How can someone be a leader, if they do not have a direction, but only a changing ideology of the person they want something from. The united states of America is a country of diverse religions, and ethnic backgrounds. We do not force the reglious beliefs of our politicians, to the entire country, as Ryan stated before, regarding female reproduction rights and reenforcing the religious talk to scare you. Obama has a great job in turning this country around, from the direction it was going. Give this guy a chance to finish it!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
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