In a last-ditch effort to energize evangelical voters, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan warned members of the socially conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition over the weekend that “Judeo-Christian” values are at risk if President Obama is re-elected.
Ryan told the group in a conference call that the president’s policies on issues such as religious freedom and health care are “dangerous.” He added, “It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.”
The Washington Post:
The sharp warning comes as Ryan and presidential candidate Mitt Romney are emphasizing bipartisanship on the campaign trail.
Ryan spokesman Michael Steel told reporters that the vice presidential candidate ”was talking about issues like religious liberty and Obamacare — topics he has mentioned frequently during the campaign.”
Tens of thousands of evangelicals were reportedly on the call. Faith and Freedom Coalition head Ralph Reed has launched what he describes as the organization’s biggest voter registration and mobilization effort yet. Reed said last month that he has a voter file of 17 million evangelicals in battleground states, and that each household would be contacted seven to 12 times before the election through mail, e-mail, phone calls and text messages.