Skip to comments.Ryan Tags Obama on Abortion: “Never Lifted a Finger” to Help Unborn
Posted on 09/15/2012 1:21:21 PM PDT by NYer
Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan hit president Barack Obama hard on the issue of abortion at the Values Voter Summit today, saying Obama “has never lifted a finger” in helping unborn children.
Ryan told the audience: “President Obama likes to say, We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together it has a nice ring. For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.”
“Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party,” Ryan continued.
The pro-life congressman dded, “In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion safe, legal and rare. But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.”
Ryan made clear his desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned and the question of abortion taken out of the courts.
“When you get past all of the Presidents straw men, what we believe is plain to state: These vital questions should be decided, not by the caprice of unelected judges, but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives. And in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike,” he said.
“We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice. Every child has a place and purpose in this world. Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life,” Ryan concluded.
He added, “So much of our history has been a constant striving to live up to the ideals of our founding, about rights and their ultimate source. At our opponents convention, a rowdy dispute broke out over the mere mention of that source. For most of us, it was settled long ago that our rights come from nature and natures God, not from government.”
I am planning to vote for Romney, but this begs the question - has Romney ever lifted a finger to help the unborn? I hope so.
The following is the full text of the speech vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered today to the Values Voter Summit. During the speech, Ryan takes on the Obama HHS mandate and criticizes President Barack Obama on abortion.
Paul Ryan today delivered remarks to the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:
Thank you all very much. I appreciate your kind hospitality, and I count it a special honor to be introduced by my mentor and friend Bill Bennett.
In this election, many millions of Americans count themselves as values voters, and I am one of them. In 53 days, we have a choice between two very different ideas about our country how we were meant to live, and what we were meant to be.
Its the kind of choice that can never be taken for granted. Peace, freedom, and civilized values have enemies in this world, as we have been reminded by events in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
We have all seen images of our flag being burned and our embassies under attack by vicious mobs. The worst of it is the loss of four good men, including our ambassador to Libya. They were there for the most peaceful purposes in service to our country. And today our country honors their lives and grieves with their families.
All of us are watching events closely, but we know who America is dealing with in these attacks. They are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. And the least equivocation or mixed signal only makes them bolder.
Look across that region today, and what do we see?
- The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria.
- Mobs storming American embassies and consulates.
- Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon.
- Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration.
Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership.
In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome.
That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace. And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration.
In the all-important election of 2012, values voters are also economic voters. This election will hold the incumbent accountable for his economic failures, and affirm the pro-growth agenda of Mitt Romney.
It is true that President Obama had a lot of problems not of his own making. But he also came in with one-party rule, and the chance to do everything of his own choosing. The Obama economic agenda failed, not because it was stopped, but because it was passed.
And here is what we got: Prolonged joblessness across the country. Twenty-three million Americans struggling to find work. Family income in decline. Fifteen percent of Americans living in poverty.
The record is so uniformly bad that maybe youve noticed something: President Obama himself almost never even uses the word record, that is, except when hes trying to trade on the record of Bill Clinton. In his convention speech, the President never once said that simple word, record.
He didnt say the word stimulus, either, because he wasted $831 billion of borrowed money. At a time of mass unemployment, he didnt even say unemployment, because were in the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. And by the way, he didnt use the word recovery, either never mind that recovery was what all America expected from Barack Obama.
He wants us to forget all of these things, and lately hes been trying out a new tactic. Its a classic Barack Obama straw man: If anyone dares to point out the facts of his record, why then, theyre just being negative and pessimistic about the country. The new straw man is people hoping for the decline of America.
Its pretty sad, but this is the closest President Obama can come these days to sounding positive himself. But we have to face up to all that has gone wrong these past four years, so that the next four can be better. Ladies and gentlemen, this nation cannot afford to make economic failure a two-term proposition.
Lately, the President has also been trying out sports comparisons. He compares this fourth year of his term to the fourth quarter of a basketball game.
You can expect more of this, because if theres anything the man can do, its talk a good game. The only problem is, the clock is running out and he still hasnt put any points on the board.
His whole case these days is basically asking us to forget what he promised four years ago, and focus instead on his new promises. Thats a fast move to get around accountability. He made those ringing promises to get elected.
Without them, he wouldnt be president. And now he acts as if it is unfair to measure his performance against his own words. But heres the question: If Barack Obama’s promises werent good then, what good are they now?
If we renew the contract, we will get the same deal with only one difference: In a second term, he will never answer to you again.
In so many ways, starting with Obamacare, re-electing this president would set in motion things that can never be called back. It would be a choice to give up so many other choices.
When all the new mandates of government-run healthcare come down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion. When the Obama tax increases start coming, nobody in Washington is going to ask whether you can afford them or not.
Ryan needs to stay away from abortion...
Willard has a horrible 40 year record of pro-abortion..
and videos to prove it...
Ryan doesn’t need to stay away from abortion. He needs to continue to hit Obama hard on it even if Romney can’t.
Paul Ryan appeared before a gathering of FRC, very much part of the core constituency of the socially conservative point of view in this country.
How is that a mistake in ANY venue?
Some family values are just better than other family values.
I agree it only reminds people of Romneys pro abortion stand and statements, “I will never infringe on a woman’s right to choose. “ His donations to Planned Parenthood and his tax payer paid abortions as well as his trying to force Catholic hospitals to provide abortions. They should also not mention gay marriage, same sex adoptions, cap & trade, welfare entitlements, government job creation or ObamaCare. It might cause people to look at his record.
What should one expect from a murderer?
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I wish Ryan were running for President.
"Obama said in a speech on the Illinois Senate floor that he could not accept that babies wholly emerged from their mother's wombs are "persons," and thus deserving of equal protection under the Constitution's 14th Amendment."
More info from 2001, 2003 and 2008
> Ryan Tags Obama on Abortion: Never Lifted a Finger to Help Unborn
Ryan Tags Obama on Abortion: Never Lifted a Finger to Help those Waiting to be Born
Although I don’t believe that willard has lifted a finger either, I think its fair game for Ryan. If for no other reason than to boost his standing for 2016.
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