Wednesday, August 15, 2012

VP: Paul Ryan a Faux Closeted Social Conservative?

Mitt Romney's V.P. pick of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has yet to bring much clarity regarding the social conservative credentials of the Republican ticket for the White House. While history shows that Romney's positions on abortion, homosexuality, and Christianity are anything but clear, Ryan rarely speaks to these issues, and his campaign websites are mute as well. Yes, it's a fact that Ryan's voting record is scored as 100% pro-life, and also demonstrates support for traditional marriage, but he voted FOR the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the cornerstone of the Gay Agenda.

The Obama campaign is painting Ryan as an extreme social conservative, yet the Romney campaign remains silent. Why?

For background, read Ignore Abortion & Gay Agenda, Says GOP Establishment & Media and also read Republicans Accepting Gay Agenda More and More as well as Christian Liberty at Risk with a President Romney?

UPDATE 9/25/12: Paul Ryan Says He's Now Okay With Gays in the Military

UPDATE 4/11/13: Speaking of Illinois pro-abortion congressman Robert Dold, Paul Ryan told a pro-life audience, "Dold was an ally of our cause. We need to work with others like him."

UPDATE 5/2/13: Rep. Paul Ryan Now Backs Adoption of Children by Homosexuals

-- From "Gay Rights Advocates Divided On Paul Ryan Pick" by Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post 8/14/12

. . . Paul Ryan has not spoken about his position on gay rights. But the Log Cabin Republicans, one of just two conservative gay rights groups in the country, has pointed to him as a model for how to reach gay voters. . . . [Ryan's] 2007 vote in favor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) a law that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Back in the 1990s, Romney supported ENDA as well. In a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans he pledged to co-sponsor the legislation at the federal level, but in 2006, he said he had reversed his position on the bill.

The Log Cabin Republicans have not yet endorsed Romney for president. Many gay Republicans have wavered in their support for Romney, partly because he signed a pledge opposing same sex marriage. But Ryan's vote for ENDA has made some of them more excited about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Ryan's congressional office directed questions about ENDA to Romney's campaign, and Romney's campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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From "As Ryan Looks to Focus on Economy, Spotlight Shines on His Other Views" by Robert Pear, New York Times 8/12/12

Though best known as an architect of conservative fiscal policy, Representative Paul D. Ryan has also been an ardent, unwavering foe of abortion rights, has tried to cut off federal money for family planning, has opposed same-sex marriage and has championed the rights of gun owners.

Despite those positions, Mr. Ryan, who was picked over the weekend to be Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate, has said he wants to focus on the nation’s looming debt crisis, not on social issues, in the coming campaign.

Democrats, hoping to win a large majority of female voters in November, assailed Mr. Ryan’s record on abortion rights and women’s health on Sunday.

Like most Republicans, Mr. Ryan has strenuously opposed the new health care law championed by President Obama. He has criticized Mr. Obama’s efforts to guarantee free insurance coverage of contraceptives for women, including those employed by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and social service agencies.

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From "Ryan’s abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states" by Sam Baker, The Hill 8/15/12

Abortion-rights supporters — including the Obama campaign — have aggressively attacked Ryan’s (R-Wis.) stance on abortion and other women’s-health issues . . .

“Ryan is certainly easier to pin down than Romney,” [pro-abortion] EMILY’s List spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said.

The battle for female voters this year goes well beyond abortion. Democrats have tried to anchor the debate around two other issues: access to contraception and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund also jumped on Ryan’s selection, quickly turning around a Web video accusing the Budget Committee chairman of trying to roll back the clock on women’s health.

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