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Rep. Paul Ryan Heckled by HIV Protesters from ACT-UP Philadelphia at Values Voter Summit: VIDEO


A pair of female protesters who said they were with ACT-UP Philadelphia as they were being escorted out heckled VP nominee Paul Ryan today at the Values Voter Summit, yelling "corporations are not people" and a few other things before being drowned out by chants of "USA, USA, USA" from the attendees.

As they were walked out, one told a cameraman "I'm a concerned citizen."

The other, who said she was from ACT-UP Philadelphia, said, "The funding that people need to get HIV meds can't happen when there is corporate donations in this election. Our politicians need to stand up for people with HIV...?


Ryan attacked Obama over foreign diplomacy in his speech. Read excerpts from it AFTER THE JUMP as well. As Right Wing Watch notes, Ryan is making these remarks at a conference that makes a mockery of diplomacy and terrorism.


Excerpts from Ryan's speech:

Look across that region today, and what do we see? The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria. Mobs storming American embassies and consulates. Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration. Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome. That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace. And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration …

The President is given to lectures on all that we owe to government, as if anyone who opposes his reckless expansion of federal power is guilty of ingratitude and rank individualism. He treats private enterprise as little more than a revenue source for government. He views government as the redistributor and allocator of opportunity. Well, the results are in for that, too. Here we are, after four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look. After four years of dividing people up with the bogus rhetoric of class warfare, just about every segment of society is worse off ...

In the President's telling, government is a big, benevolent presence – gently guiding our steps at every turn. In reality, when government enters the picture, private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt. This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you're going to do things the government's way. Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it. As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens – in defense of religious liberty.

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  1. It's repulsive that the Romney/Ryan campaign are using the deaths of American civilians as a campaign platform. They should stand with the president against these attacks as is diplomatic tradition for the past 100 years. Neither of these jokers are ready for primetime.

    Posted by: Ryandd | Sep 14, 2012 2:07:51 PM

  2. So a still pic, a video with nothing happening, and something else.

    This is an outrage!

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 14, 2012 2:10:22 PM

  3. "values voters" mean stupid voters? Those values probably mean biblical values.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 14, 2012 2:13:39 PM

  4. "Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome." Like in Uganda?

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Sep 14, 2012 2:15:02 PM

  5. I love it when the conservatards always start chanting "USA!" as if they alone own the country and the phrase and that their "leaders" f*ckups will all magically go away if we force a patriotic chant on top of their inane and wrongheaded ideas!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Sep 14, 2012 2:17:32 PM

  6. Paul Ryan's wrinkled, beef-less, hairy, pale a$$ isn't even f*ckable. Get that sh!t out of here for once and all.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 14, 2012 2:38:44 PM

  7. Those security guards sure were manhandling those two ladies. I guess they were deemed vicious. Good for them for standing up to the right.

    Posted by: KO | Sep 14, 2012 2:38:46 PM

  8. The only Ryan headline I want to ever read is this one..."Paul Ryan found gangraped & unconscious...luckily his reproductive organs shut down and prevented pregnancy".
    Please...I need a good laugh today !!!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 14, 2012 2:45:12 PM

  9. @Mark - so, what is your point?

    Posted by: DAN | Sep 14, 2012 3:05:27 PM

  10. "Those security guards sure were manhandling those two ladies"

    Some security guards get up in the morning praying their day brings moments like this.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 14, 2012 3:16:07 PM

  11. Unions aren't people either, except under the findings of Citizens United.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Sep 14, 2012 5:24:48 PM

  12. I'm sorry but these women supposedly from ACT-UP disgust me. Do they even know what they are talking about? The people who benefit from AIDS drugs are the corporations. Corporations in the pharmaceutical industry are making billions through the sale of AIDS drugs. It is the corporations who benefit from AIDS.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 14, 2012 7:15:34 PM

  13. I can't wait till this is all over and we can back to our lives!

    Posted by: Harry | Sep 14, 2012 9:02:36 PM

  14. Pomme and Paul B : This life long liberal democrat, who is working to re-elect President Obama says: Your comments are disgusting and unAmerican.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 15, 2012 3:34:14 AM



    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 15, 2012 3:41:31 AM

  16. So, a man who went to college off of government benefits, has only worked in government (except for a brief job in fast food as a teen), whose family business makes money paving roads for, you guessed it, THE GOVERNMENT, is at a "values voter" conference demonizing the thing that has picked him up and carried him almost his entire life? Sounds like a republican to me.

    P.S. I wonder how many times they used the word "Mormon" at that silly little convention?

    Posted by: Timothy | Sep 15, 2012 6:15:47 AM

  17. Shouldn't Towleroad be aiding in propagating the ridiculous White House spin that the MidEast is exploding not because of American policy but simply over a stupid YouTube video that's been out for months?

    As someone so brilliantly said: Oh how I long for the days prior to YouTube: when Islamic fanatics left our MidEast embassies alone.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Sep 15, 2012 7:41:36 AM

  18. We should ban campaigning on odd days and only allow them on even days to give everyone a break.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 15, 2012 10:00:06 AM

  19. Almost 300 American & French Troops were slaughtered while they slept in Lebanon in 1983. The icon of Republican Revisionist History, Ronald Reagan, was then President. Was he or his foreign policy then deemed "at fault" in any way for mass murder by ignorant fanatics who can neither read nor write their own language but rely on sociopathic mullahs to direct their baseless insanity? Our President Obama is as much at fault for this tragic uncalled-for slaughter of 4 of Libya's best diplomatic American individual governmental allies as could any American President be in the face of such innate foreign irrationality, that is, zero!

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Sep 17, 2012 2:13:20 AM

  20. Another Excellent post, I will save this in my Newsvine account. Have a grand day.

    Posted by: rar archives | Jan 19, 2013 3:27:25 AM

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