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Paul Ryan and the GOP appeal to Catholics

Catholic World News - August 13, 2012

Deal Hudson, who has helped organize Catholic voters for the Republican Party, believes that the choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as the party’s vice-presidential candidate sets up an interesting comparison with the incumbent vice-president, Joseph Biden. “Indeed, the choice between these two types of Catholic politicians could not be any more plain.”

While Ryan’s pro-life stance contrasts with Biden’s support for legal abortion, Hudson notes that the Republican candidate will draw criticism for his budget-cutting proposals. To win the Catholic vote, the Republican candidates must answer that criticism, he argues. “Romney, Ryan, and their surrogates need to be proactive and explain, before the criticism reaches a fever pitch, how Ryan’s budget does in fact satisfy the “moral criteria” of Catholic social teaching.”

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at the same question from a different perspective, arguing that Ryan’s views on economic questions will put him at odds with Church leaders, although his pro-life views will be welcomed.

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  • Posted by: jwc015979639 - Aug. 14, 2012 12:27 PM ET USA

    Thanks for this notice. Hudson's Daily Beast article, and the various links it contains, enable one to get a good grasp of the Catholic political landscape on these important issues as we enter the 2012 campaign.

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