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Absent from Ryan's, Bachmman's Values Voter speeches: 'Marriage


After Paul Ryan's speech at the Values Voter Summit today, a transcript was emailed out to press. I looked it over and as with any speech, it doesn't reflect 100 percent of what Ryan actually said. But I did notice that there's no reference to "marriage." (Ryan did mention in his actual speech that Mitt and Ann Romney are an example "of marriage at its best.")

The word was also excluded from Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech, which focused almost entirely on radial Islam overseas.

It's a noteworthy omission given the Values Voter Summit is arguable attended by the most social issues-oriented voters in the Republican Party.

Sen. Rand Paul, who spoke this morning, also didn't mention marriage. Both Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), however, did talk about the need to defend "traditional marriage."

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