Ryan: ‘I Have a Lot More Experience Than Barack Obama Did’

By Susan Jones and Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | August 22, 2012 | 10:08 AM EDT

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) – Asked to discuss his foreign policy experience, Rep. Paul Ryan – now Mitt Romney’s running mate – said he has more experience in that area than President Obama did when he became president:

“Well, most of the traveling I've done throughout my 14 years in Congress has been to the Middle East,” Ryan told Sean Hannity -- in response to a question -- on Hannity’s television program Tuesday night. “You know, I've had to both send men and women to war on more than one occasion. 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 Obama did when he became president.”

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Ryan said Obama is undermining American leadership: “He’s rejected the peace-through-strength doctrine. He's outsourcing our foreign policy decision making to the U.N. -- so that countries like Russia can exercise their veto power over us. What it is doing is it's giving our allies a loss of faith in American leadership.”

Ryan said the U.S. needs to “strengthen our resolve” with allies such as Israel – which “has every right to protect their national security interests” against a nuclear-armed Iran.

“We need to make sure that our adversaries respect us and understand us clearly. That's not the case today. We need to get back to the peace through strength doctrine by having a strong military.”