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Ryan: “I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion”

In a video brought to our attention by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Paul Ryan addresses one of President Obama’s most famous gaffes:

“[President Obama] was caught on video saying people like to cling to their guns and religion,” Ryan said. “Hey, I’m a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.”

(Sportsmen Vote Poll: Does Paul Ryan increase or decrease the likelihood you’ll vote for Mitt Romney?)

The soundbite is yet another example of Ryan touting his hunting credentials to help Mitt Romney secure the sportsman vote. However, with the election just weeks away, there are some who question the Ryan pick–including quiet rumblings among the GOP establishment. According to polling data including our own, Ryan is doing very well among sportsmen, but has he done enough? Has he simply gained the support of politically conservative sportsmen–who would vote for any alternative to Obama–or has he actually drawn moderate voters to the Romney ticket?

With the election essentially a dead heat, we likely won’t know until November.

What do you think? Has Ryan served as a unifying force for sportsmen?

8 Responses
  • mike Wittman

    Gun control is me not having a job to purchase guns or ammo! We need to stick with what we’ve got. Ryan is not the answer!

    • TPhips

      Sticking with what we’ve got is you having no job. Keep Obama in place and that is what you will continue to have. Romney/Ryan 2012!

  • Dan

    God bless the efforts of Romney and Ryan. Hope they win.

  • Brian

    How can anyone be fooled into believing that Obama is anything other than a big government, anti hunting, anti sportsmen, anti America candidate.

    Give him four more years and we will have nothing left.

  • Robert Maffeo

    As a working man, the Republicans have never done anything for me. They like to say they lower taxes, but the few pennies they give don’t add up to the amount I lost at the end of George Bushes reign of terror. As a gun owner and hunter, the Democrats have never done anything to hurt me. I just came back to Arizona with a nice 6×7 Elk from Wyoming and nobody took my guns away.

  • bob johns

    Yes Robert this week at least if your democrats are as rabidly anti-gun as Australian (labor socialist) government.At least Americans have got the right to bear arms as we in Australia have the privelege to own firearms at the whim of what-ever crack-pot in the UN so orders.

    • I just got word that there may be an attempt to slip a miagzane ban similar to the one proposed by anti-gun Congresswoman Caroline McCarthy into a normally benign Federal Aviation Administration bill using an amendment in the U.S.

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