Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney left jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) after announcing him as the “next PRESIDENT of the United States” during an event announcing him as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk.
Reaction was swift to Mitt Romney’s announcement of selecting Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate in the presidential race.
Romney’s selection of the Wisconsin representatives is historic and a lightning rod for critics of Ryan’s fiscal policies. The House Budget Committee chair’s budget, while praised by many conservatives and tea party supporters, it also yielded rebuke by Roman Catholic bishops and other Catholic leaders who spoke out against the plan to reduce government spending, saying it flouted the faith’s teaching on the poor.
Romney’s selection is also interesting in terms of appeal among Catholics; Ryan, a seven-term congressman, is Catholic, and Romney is Mormon. And the decision also comes at a time when President Obama’s campaign plans to ramp up its Catholic outreach.
NETWORK’s Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell, said in a statement Saturday morning:
View Photo Gallery: Nuns on the Bus, a tour of Catholic congregations in nine states, made its final stop in D.C. on Monday, where the participating Catholic sisters held a rally for their cause, a fight agains the Republican budget plan put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The nuns say the proposal will hurt families struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economy.
The decision is also historic, marking the first time no Protestant is on an American presidential ticket for one of the two major parties. NOTE: An earlier version of this post did not make the distinction that this is the first time one of the two major parties has a presidential ticket that doesn’t feature a Protestant.
“Romney’s team clearly thinks they are going to win on religion in the campaign, even though evangelicals won’t have one of their own on the ticket,” the National Journal reported Saturday morning. “In an ad released Thursday by the Romney campaign, Romney is portrayed as a defender of religious liberty, and charges that President Obama ‘used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.’”
Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein contributed to this report.