Ryan: I’ve got more experience on foreign policy than ’08 Obama

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanObama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCA dinner address Obama jabs at GOP: Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? Former GOP senator: I’d back Trump but not Cruz as nominee MORE (R-Wis.), the Romney campaign's vice-presidential candidate, argued that he has more foreign-policy experience than President Obama did when he ran for president.

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"Well, most of the traveling I’ve done throughout my 14 years in Congress has been to the Middle East. You know, I’ve had men and women to war on more than one occasion," Ryan said in a taped interview set to air on Fox News's "Hannity" show Tuesday night. "I’ve been to those funerals. I’ve talked to the widows and the wives and the parents. I’ve gone to Afghanistan and Iraq to meet with our troops, to learn from them. Obviously, I have a lot more experience than Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWatch Obama's full correspondents' dinner speech Five ways Trump will attack Clinton Armstrong Williams: Obama 'should get on his knees and pray' MORE did when he became president."

Obama, then an Illinois senator, was hit repeatedly during his 2008 presidential run as not having a sufficient amount of experience to be president.

Similarly, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, after Sen. John McCainJohn McCainExperts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China McCain delivers his own foreign policy speech Republicans who vow to never back Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) picked her as his running mate for the GOP ticket, was regularly questioned about whether she had enough experience — both on foreign policy and domestic issues — to step in and be president.

Ryan earlier in the day revived a gaffe Obama made in his 2008 campaign for the White House, reminding a crowd assembled at a Pennsylvania steel plant of the president's remark that some voters are "clinging to their guns and religion."

"Remember this other time when he said people want to cling to their guns and religion?" Ryan said. "Hey, I'm a Catholic deer hunter, I'm happy to be clinging to my guns and religion."

In the same interview, Ryan also said he looked forward to his debate against Vice President Biden. 

"We get along personally quite well. And so I’m looking forward to debating Joe on just our different visions for the future," Ryan added.

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