During a speech at the Values Voters summit in Washington, D.C. today, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized the President Obama on all fronts--foreign policy, unemployment, economic opportunity, Obamacare, the debt, religious liberty, and more. Today also notably marked the first time during the campaign that either man on the Republican ticket forcefully attacked Obama's extreme support for taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
"Anyone who questions the wisdom of his policies must be lacking in compassion," Ryan said, referring to one of the president's many "straw man" arguments. "Who else would question him but those mean people who think that everybody has to go it alone and fend for themselves?"
"'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," Ryan said. "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."
"In the Clinton years," Ryan continued, "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."
"When you get past all of the President’s 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," Ryan said. "And in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike. 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."