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

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanPaul Ryan rewrites 50 years of poverty history Peter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Ryan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight 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 ObamaHow did Hillary Clinton do? Pundits react to speech FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention Poll: Latinos less enthusiastic to vote in '16 than in '12 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 McCainFULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention Republican foreign policy advisers call on Congress to probe DNC hack Trump’s minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers 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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