Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election
November 6th, 2012
03:10 AM ET

Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election

By Shawna Shepherd, CNN Political Producer

Johnstown, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic, asked a priest he met at a restaurant Monday to bless a rosary he carries with him.

The Republican vice presidential nominee was in the middle of a five-state battleground blitz through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the day before Election Day when he met Father Greg Ames prior to his second rally in Johnstown, Colorado.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: 2012 Election • Paul Ryan • Politics

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rundvelt

    How did that blessing turn out there Ryan?

    People seem to forget all the times their religious mumbo jumbo doesn't work and remeber all the times it does.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  2. Mohammad A Dar

    but he did not get hearty blessing.

    November 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  3. stephen

    when did this country become hell , nobody belIEves theres a god, huh, man alot of people lost there faith and are gonna learn the hard way

    so if 75% of the people on here bashing christianity, what religion do you praise if its not one, then i see were the ignorance is coming from WOW JUST WOW

    November 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  4. Ann

    He'll probably just claim that god told him to stay in congress.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  5. pastmorm

    Um yeah...so how's that blessing working for you little ryan???? LOL! Obama STILL got the Catholic vote! Ryan and Romney are L L L L L LOSERS!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!

    November 7, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  6. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Looks like Romney/Ryan needs to work harder on their praying or admit no one is listening. Defeated in Mass, defeated in Wis, defeated in the USA. That makes them three times losers, and mentally ill too! Can't wait to see the Pubtards shred themselves for the net 4 years. Love to see all the whining on Faux News!!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  7. Yeah

    Ryan got blessed with a nice little defeat.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  8. End Religion

    oops, another "righteous prayer" unanswered!

    November 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  9. End Religion

    SO Paul Ryan asked his god to change his plans for him? His god knows Obama will win, but Ryan is more concerned for his own wishes? Sounds like a typical religious person.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  10. Akira

    Wonder if Ryan was on his knees when he received his "blessing"?

    November 6, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  11. Sane Person

    A priest's blessing is worth about as much as a fart in the wind.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Mormonism is a cult- FACT


      November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • End Religion

      if the priest hasn't brushed his teeth recently it could even smell worse than a fart.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  12. Al

    What if the preist only appeared to bless his rosary, when in fact he actually put the kibosh on them?

    November 6, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  13. gahh

    Ryan is just like Romney, 2 hypocrites and 2 liars.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 6, 2012 at 6:54 am |
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      November 6, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • christopher hitchens

      I know you are but what about me.
      Troll alert = ass hole hal et al.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:23 am |
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      November 6, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  15. Blessy Bob

    Okay, you're blessed. Now hurry up and lose, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:29 am |
  16. Edeh Charles

    He needs'em

    November 6, 2012 at 3:15 am |
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