Vice Presidential Debate: Biden Believes In His Faith But Refuses To Impose It On Others
Here is a summary of points made by both candidates on Catholicism and how it informs their views on abortion:
"I accept my churches doctrine, but I refuse to impose it on others."
He mentioned that the next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. "That's how close overturning Roe V. Wade is."
Ryan said that his faith informs him in everything he does. Ryan said that he was pro-life, "not simply because of my Catholic faith," but also because of reason and science. His son's nickname? "Bean."
Obamacare is infringing on the first amendment by forcing churches to provide funds for abortion.
Here is a summary of points made by both candidates on healthcare issues:
On Social Security: "Let younger Americans have a voluntary choice of making their money work faster for them."
He argued that the United States needs to slowly raise the retirement age over time in order to address the future strain of retiring seniors.
On Obama's attacks on vouchers: "This is what politicians do when they don't have a record to run on."
Paul Ryan's "voucher" proposal will not keep pace with growing healthcare costs.
A Romney win would jeopardize Medicare and Social Security. "We will not be part of a voucher program or the privatization of Social Security."
Biden and Ryan also went head-to-head over Libya, Iran, as well as each other during the opening moments of Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Here is a summary of points made by both candidates during the first segmant of the debates:
On Libya Attack: "If you do harm to America, we will track you to the gates of hell need be." He said that Obama's foreign policy track record serves as enough proof that the president will get down to the issue.
On Iran: He questioned how the Romney administration would top the severity of current sanctions against Iran. "Are you gonna go to war?!"
On Ryan: "This is a bunch of stuff!"
On Libya Attack: "They first tried to blame a Youtube video, now they're trying to blame the Romney-Ryan ticket!" He criticized the president for taking two weeks to determine that the embassy attack was a terrorist attack.
On Iran: Iran is an aggressive nation that has been allowed to develop their nuclear regime under the Obama administration. A nuclear-armed Iran would trigger an arms race in the Middle East. All options need to be on the table.
On Biden: "Sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way..."
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