The future VP nominee talked about his faith and the difference between be-ers and do-ers.
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We have a study group here in Washington among conservative Catholic politicians called the St. Thomas More study group. We have guest speakers who come in to meet with us about once or twice a month.… So the example that St. Thomas More set is one that many of us here in Congress are not only trying to emulate but try to learn about… trying to respect, trying to study and trying to have the example set out for us. So it’s something that many of us have in the front of our minds as an example of how we ought to conduct ourselves while serving in office.
We asked Ryan what he prays for. He said:
I pray for my family, to be a good husband to my wife to be a good father to my children. And then I pray to keep my principles intact. That in my daily life, as a member of Congress, that I follow God will, and that I follow His consistent principles. That’s what I pray for, and to have the strength to do that. There are a lot of pressures in every job. There are tremendous pressures in this job as a member of Congress, especially in these times. And so I just pray for the strength to be consistent, to follow God’s principles as I know them to be.
Ryan concluded our interview by distinguishing between the two kinds of people who run for office. The primary dividing line, he said, is not between Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals or Catholics and non-Catholics, but instead between what he called “be-ers” and “do-ers.” Using a formulation that helps explain Ryan’s subsequent political rise and offers a forecast of Ryan’s future, win or lose, he said:
Some people run for office because they want to be a congressman or be a senator, or to be a governor. And then there are people who run for office because they want to do something. And they want to act on certain convictions and principles, and advance a cause.
We unfortunately have a lot of be-ers in Congress, a lot of be-ers in government. Do-ers are the people who actually advance society, make a difference. And that’s the covenant that we as elected officials have with our constituents, where we tell our constituents who we are, what we believe and what we will do. That’s the covenant we have with our constituents. And when in office, we have the obligation, the moral authority, to act on that covenant.
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H/T to National Review Online