Pence in Iowa: “Donald Trump Will Advance the Cause of Life”

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Iowa this weekend where he addressed social conservatives at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition dinner. During his remarks, Pence reiterated his full confidence in Donald Trump and made the case for Trump’s candidacy as a response to the increasing threats to Americans’ fundamental liberties: “For the sake of the sanctity of life and all of our God-given liberties, Iowa let’s ensure that the next president making appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States of America is president Donald Trump,” Pence said to a standing ovation. “In these challenging times, Donald

Cruz: “How Extreme, How Sad, How Radicalized” Dems on Marriage

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit on Saturday, Ted Cruz discussed marriage and religious liberty at length: In recent weeks, we’ve seen religious liberty come under assault in Indiana and Arkansas as those states acted to protect religious liberty, and the response from the Democratic Party and the mainstream media (although I repeat myself) was hysteria!  You know, it wasn’t too long ago when religious liberty was an area of bipartisan agreement.  Two decades ago, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which passed the United States Senate 97-3.  It enjoyed the support of such famed right wingers as Ted

Walker: “We Defunded Planned Parenthood”

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit that took place on Saturday, Governor Walker discussed life, marriage, and religious liberty: It wasn’t just in those areas either.  Some of these you may have noticed, some you may not, but in our first budget we defunded Planned Parenthood in the state of Wisconsin.  We made sure dollars for women’s health went into the public health systems in the counties and other places where it was less controversial, and we passed major pro-life legislation in the state of Wisconsin as well. […] [On returning power to the states:] That’s not only true on

Huckabee on the “Criminalization of Christianity”

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit on Saturday, Mike Huckabee took the opportunity to discuss life, marriage, and religious liberty: The prophet Isaiah said that my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  And today one of the reasons America is in the trouble it’s in is because too many people in this country have a lack of knowledge of, not only, what this country is all about—how it came to be—but also because a lot of people in this country have forgotten that, like it or not, this country was founded on some basic biblical principles and those principles

Perry: Texas Leads on Life, Religious Liberty

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit on Saturday, Rick Perry took the opportunity to discuss life and religious liberty: And what we’ve been able to do in that state over the course of these last few years, during that decade, whether it was protecting life, and whether it was passing parental notification bills, whether it was standing up and again limiting, limiting to 20 weeks that abortion bill.  That’s the type of leadership, that’s the type of foundation that’s a powerful one, that makes a difference. It says to people, this is a place that believes in liberty.  We believe

Jindal Killed It on Religious Liberty

Approximately 1,000 social conservatives in Iowa attended the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff in Waukee, where they were able to hear from nine presidential candidates during the four-and-a-half hour event. Overall, four candidates stood out as I was watching and live blogging the event: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  Out of those four, Jindal killed it with a message that focused on religious liberty. I want to be clear that no candidate who attended did themselves a disservice.  The only “losers” from

Rick Santorum at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit that took place on Saturday, Rick Santorum took the opportunity to discuss family values: There have been two books out on the far left and the far right, a guy named Robert Putnam on the left and Charles Murray on the libertarian right. And they both come down to saying, “you know what’s hollowing out the middle of America?”  It’s something I talked about in the 2012 race. I remember being at Dartmouth College with Charlie Rose, and we had a Bloomberg News debate, all on the economy.  At the end he was going

Rand Paul: “We Can Win the Late-Term Abortion Fight”

Continuing our series on what candidates said about life, marriage, and religious liberty at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit that took place on Saturday, here is Sen. Rand Paul on life: One of the things I’m lucky to do in medicine, I’m able to do in medicine, is examine the eyes of children, babies under a pound or two. But the thing that strikes me is every time I examine a baby, some of these babies can fit in the palm of my hand, and I think to myself “hmm…do you think Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks this baby has any