COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, took a jab Thursday at the Democratic Party’s last-minute insertion of a reference to God into the party platform, saying Democrats were “against God before they were for Him.”
The packed pro-Republican crowd at the WestPac Restorations aviation facility here began booing as Mr. Ryan described events at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“Their convention actually began with a tribute to big government,” Mr. Ryan said. “They actually said government is the only thing we all belong to. Then they cut references to God out of their platform. They reversed course on that one yesterday. It wasn’t really a popular reversal if you watched it on TV.
“To quote a prominent journalist from Wisconsin, ‘They were against God before they were for Him,’” Mr. Ryan said.
Democrats hastily amended their 2012 platform at the convention Wednesday after Republicans faulted them for removing mentions of God and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both references were included in the 2008 platform.
Mr. Ryan is slated to campaign Thursday in Colorado while Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is off the campaign trail, preparing for October’s debates.