Romney names Catholic Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate
The two men appeared together the morning of Aug. 11 in Norfolk, Va. at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard at the base of the USS Wisconsin, a retired battleship.
“Paul Ryan is a leader,” Romney said. “His leadership begins with character and values.”
The former Massachusetts governor praised the seven-term congressman as “a faithful Catholic” who “believes in the worth and dignity of every human life.”
“I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate,” Ryan told Romney, saying that the two “will restore the dreams and greatness of this country.”
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, and Cathy Ruse, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, praised the decision.
“Governor Romney could not have chosen a better person to run with than Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan is not only 100 percent pro-life, he is a full spectrum conservative and thoroughly unafraid in expressing conservative and pro-life views,” they told CNA Aug. 11. “We cannot wait to see him debate Vice-President Biden.”
The Ruses praised Ryan as “a Catholic who takes his faith seriously.” They said he is “perfectly situated” to defend religious freedom “in this season of easy anti-Catholicism.”
Wisconsin Right to Life said Ryan has been a featured speaker at its events and is “a wonderful friend.”
Ryan, 44, lives in Janesville, Wis. with his wife, Janna, his daughter Liza and his two sons Charlie and Sam. He is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
If Ryan’s nomination is ratified at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. this September, he will become the second Catholic vice presidential nominee ever to run on the Republican ticket.
Catholic deacon Keith Fournier, writing at Catholic Online, said the crowd at the Norfolk announcement event was “massive, enthusiastic and hopeful.”
He praised Ryan as “a talented public servant, a truly good family man, a faithful, genuinely pro-life Catholic” and “a great communicator.” [More]