Paul Ryan welcomes Pope's welfare debate
February 2nd, 2014
03:38 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul Ryan welcomes Pope's welfare debate

New York (CNNMoney) - Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday he doesn't expect the Pope to agree with him about the role of government in addressing social mobility.

But he does welcome Pope Francis' contribution to the U.S. debate on wealth and poverty.


Filed under: Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. ja

    Ryan is getting money for free at this time, and signs off on corporate welfare

    February 2, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I just drove across the country and saw graffiti about Obama the whole way. He sure stirred up the hate in this country. The great divider indeed

    February 2, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP and lyin Ryan should stay out of religion if they ever want to win another national election. The most disfunional governments in the world promote national religions, Iran and Sadi Arabia and most other Moslem countries.

    February 2, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Ayn Ryan was able to get those government benefits he hates after his father passed. But there was a different congess then, they actually helped Americans, which is a far cry from the republicans we have in congress now.

    February 2, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    So, the GOP and the Catholic Church are parting ways over the poor- not an insignificant one inasmuch the GOP all but worships the 1 percent. Big of Mr. Ryan to allow the Pope an alternative opinion.

    February 2, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Brasileiro

    N�o acredito que Paul Ryan ser� candidato a presidente em 2016.

    February 2, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Thomas

    It's interesting , the two most loved and hated leaders in the world today are the Pope Frances and President Obama .

    As for Ryan , wealth and poverty are only as important as campaign contributions and those donors that give .
    Those in poverty have less voice , with less to give his campaign .

    February 2, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    To a right wingnut, nothing brings our country together more that depicting our president negatively, calling him names, and then shutting down government, when he tries to help those who desperately need it.

    February 2, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I just drove across the country and saw graffiti about Obama the whole way. He sure stirred up the hate in this country. The great divider indeed

    Since when do Republicans care about uniting the country. Saint Ronald Reagan turned divisiveness into an art form.

    February 2, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. king

    lesson folks the repubs are trying to destroy the supply and demand capitalistic country of America. they are killing the demand side by cutting away folks spending money and pushing all the money to the supply side. this is causing a imballance on the supply side, and big companies are not investing their money into the dwindling demand side of the economy, and rather investing into emerging markets abroad, such as china.

    February 2, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    The lying altar boy and the Pope?
    You realize that this Pope thinks everyone and anyone deserves a break, right? He would have liked you better after your daddy died and your family needed government help and you worked at mcdonalds's.
    He is so left of what you believe that you might pop one of those funny ugly muscles you sport.

    February 2, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    @sniffit, yes, nation is much more polarized now than ever before–I expressed in my twitter. This nation belongs to all–whites,blacks, Indian Americans, Chinese Americans, Asian Americans etc–not one particular sect. I think this president is a gift to USA. ACA is a Law, USA needed for fifty years. What did GOP do? I am asking. CNN don't block, don't delete post buttons–prove we Americans in democracy.

    February 2, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    As someone recently stated, the GOP likes to pull up the "ladders to success", after they have climbed them.

    Lyin' Ryan and his use of SSN survivor's benefits are a prime example of his hypocrisy!

    February 2, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I just drove across the country and saw graffiti about Obama the whole way. He sure stirred up the hate in this country. The great divider indeed

    Hate? He didn't stir up any hate. All he did was get elected twice. The right wing hates him because he in black.

    February 2, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I meant he IS black...

    February 2, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    Pope should stick to superstitions and leave economics to intelligent beings. Welfare belongs in the states where those in each state can decide how to run it.

    February 2, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Sniffit – I just drove across the country and saw graffiti about Obama the whole way. He sure stirred up the hate in this country. The great divider indeed
    Maybe you should have gone to a non-red state ??

    February 2, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. BeenThereDoneThat

    NO President–Dem or Rep–can control people's hate OR love. Obama is losing NO sleep from others' hate!

    February 2, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Kinard

    The real tragedy of the nation: The republican party has tried to run the country based on a work of fiction. The author, Ayn Rand, wrote the book to entertain the masses, not to guide them. Also, when it became time for her to apply for social security she did so, and it's common knowledge that she was eager to do so as quickly as possible. So apparently she had no problem with social services, the evil nemesis of the current republican thuggery now in positions of power. Debate with the Pope all you want. He'll come down on the side of the people. Ayn Rand, also came down on the side of the people. She was no fool. Can't say that about many of the republicans.

    February 2, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. S. B. Stein

    I would have thought that Ryan would take the Pope's call for helping the poor into account when making a budget.

    February 2, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. plain and simple

    What's new? Since when do American Catholics listen to what a pope says? The liberal ones disagree with the church on birth control,while the conservative ones agree. Now the liberal Catholics agree with the Pope on the poverty issue while the conservatives don't. Sounds like political views trump all others. Unless you believe birth control is personal and poverty is a social issue. Choice and paradox, religion is as vast a subject as one can find. Ryan is in deep when he's willing to take on the Pope!

    February 2, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |