A swath of major Republican figures, including a straight flush of 2016 presidential hopefuls, have gathered in Washington DC this weekend for Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” Conference.
Reed first came to prominence in the 1990s when leading the Christian Coalition, a faith-based activist group that was heavily influential on Clinton-era Republican politics. Many have characterized the Faith & Freedom Coalition as the Christian Coalition for the Obama age.
Featured speakers at the conference range from Texas Governor Rick Perry to controversial candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor E. W. Jackson, while a who’s-who of conservatives, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Marco Rubio are also in attendance.
The conference gives national GOP figures a chance to bolster their evangelical credentials, especially on issues like gay marriage and abortion, but also risks aligning the Republican Party with narrow social conservative positions at a time when the party is seeking to rebrand itself as more moderate and inclusive.
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