At this past Voter Values Summit in DC, conservative lawmakers sought to win the day as the 2016 Presidential Primary has seemingly started. Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Gov. Bobby Jindal are a few of the speakers that are likely to compete for the nomination.
Cruz was the headliner. He excited the mostly Christian conservative crowd early Friday morning with non-stop applause in a packed ballroom that was ecstatic to hear Cruz’s sermon-like speech. His speech focused on the future by predicting the turning point for the country beginning with a Republican president entering the office in 2017 and repealing every word of ObamaCare. Cruz made it obvious that he will run in 2016 with hints at his desire to debate Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Follow behind Cruz speech was Sen. Rand Paul, whose libertarian views aren’t a favorite of many Christian conservatives, but he explained how liberty is necessary for family values to exist.
“What American needs is not a politician with more promises, what America really needs is a revival.. Liberty is exactly essential to virtue.”
Paul, an anti-abortion libertarian, showed a video proving his pro-life leanings, stating, “I’m one who will march for life and who will stand up in defense of life as long as I’m privileged to hold office.” Paul then segued his focus to foreign affairs, blasting how foreign aid is funneled to America’s adversaries.
Sen. Rick Santorum spoke for the ninth time at the Values Voter Summit, yet his familiarity with the event couldn’t whip the crowd up as much as Sen. Cruz, only receiving polite applause in comparison. Comparing the French Revolution with the Obama presidency, Santorum’s speech focused on mobilizing activists to make things happen. Mentioning his group Patriot Voices, Santorum reminded the crowd that the fight must happen in the upcoming weeks before the November midterms.
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