Paul Ryan knocks Obama for 2008 ‘bitter clinger’ remark

Chris Moody

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan added a new line to his stump speech Tuesday, responding to a comment that then-Sen. Barack Obama made in 2008 about workers in rural Pennsylvania who "cling to guns or religion."

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said in April 2008, before he was elected to the presidency. "It's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Speaking in Carnegie, Pa., Ryan brought up Obama's 4-year-old remark.

"Hey, I'm a Catholic deer hunter," Ryan said during a rally at a steel supply company. "I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion."

Ryan is indeed a hunter, but he prefers to use bows.