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Paul Ryan

Ryan supports prayer in schools if states agree

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he supports prayer in public schools if approved by states.

The Wisconsin congressman addressed the issue during a brief stop Wednesday inside a Republican volunteer center in Provo, Utah. Ryan was visiting the state for a fundraiser. A volunteer asked whether he supported giving states the right to allow "prayer or pledge" in schools. Ryan said he did.

He says it's a constitutional issue for states and a moral responsibility of parents. And he says Utah voters would have "a pretty good chance" of allowing prayer in schools.

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GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign has not immediately clarified whether he agrees with Ryan's position.

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