Sunday, August 12, 2012
Paul Ryan May Help Boost Mitt Romney's Anti-Abortion-Rights Credibility
Politico: Paul Ryan’s anti-abortion record appeals to conservatives, by Joanne Kenen:
Paul Ryan’s budget-cutting zeal isn’t the only stance that has conservatives fired up. His anti-abortion record can energize social conservatives who had been slow to embrace Mitt Romney.
“We are thrilled with this pick,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said of Ryan. “He has a pristine pro-life voting record and will be an asset to Gov. Romney’s campaign.” . . .
The Daily Beast: Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views, by Michelle Goldberg:
Mitt's VP pick is a known fiscal conservative, but his social ideology is at least as radical. Michelle Goldberg on Ryan's insinuations that women who choose abortion could be jailed.
By now, you surely know, if you didn’t already, that Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, wants to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system. You might have read that, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, his economic plan “calls for radical policy changes that would result in a massive transfer of resources from the broad majority of Americans to the nation’s wealthiest individuals.”
Less attention has been paid, though, to Ryan’s hard-right positions on social issues. Indeed, on abortion and women’s health care, there isn’t much daylight between Ryan and, say, Michele Bachmann. Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. . . .