Pawlenty, Romney, Paul give Friday night speeches at conservative conference 

A trio of Republican presidential candidates took the stage on Friday night to address the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney more or less delivered their stump speeches, which were tailored a bit to appeal to the socially conservative audience.

Pawlenty continued his campaign theme of saying he was going to tell the truth, and reiterated his call to phase out ethanol subsidies and proceeded to rip apart President Obama's policies.

He also emphasized three principles. The first was that, “We need to be a nation that turns toward God, not away from God.” The second was the need to protect life, and the third was to preserve traditional marriage and make sure, “We need to keep traditional marriage on an elevated platform.”

His biggest applause line came when he declared, “We need to have a President of the United States who stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”

Romney continued his “Barack Obama has failed the American people” tour, focusing mostly on his economic and fiscal policies, but trying to frame them as a moral issue.

“This is not just a crisis,” he said. “This is a moral crisis we face in this country.”

He also got in a jab on the Obama's comment that the bad job numbers were a “bump in the road.”

Romney said, “Those are not bumps, those are Americans.”

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., took the stage last, and he hammered home his usual themes on foreign policy, monetary theory and Constitutional government.

But he also emphasized moral issues and his background as a doctor who delivers babies. "As an OB doctor, let me tell you, life begins at conception,” he said.

He discussed the problem with out of wedlock births and at one point cited the bible from the Book of Samuel.


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