GOPers hit up Faith and Freedom Coalition
June 4th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
3 years ago

GOPers hit up Faith and Freedom Coalition

Washington (CNN) - Leading Republicans are in Washington Friday and Saturday speaking before the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. Some highlights from the speeches are below. Read more about the conference here.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on President Obama's re-election: "Barack Obama has worn out two sets of knee pads down on his knees praying that conservatives will split it up (the 2012 vote) and have some third party candidate. And my hat is off to the tea party people who have said no, we're going to run as Republicans because we understand that's the way to get there."

Barbour on Republicans in 2012: "Conservatives, religious people, small government people, we are not going to have purity, we're not going to have a perfect candidate. There's only been one perfect person that ever walked on this earth and there ain't going to be another one in this election."

"Advocate who you want, advocate your candidate but once we have a nominee make sure people compare our nominee, our direction, our beliefs, our principles, our faith to Barack Obama. Nothing will be more unifying for us if our heads are right about this."

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on health care reform: "I am convinced that ultimately ... we will win this fight because we will repeal Obamacare. It will happen. And I am committed, I am committed. I will not rest until we repeal Obamacare. America will not rest until we repeal Obamacare. Take it to the bank. Cash the check. It will be done. It will not stand; the American people will not stand."

"Because know that you know that you know that you know, the American people are with us on this issue. That's why the window of opportunity that we have in 2012 is so crucial."

Bachmann on Israel: "Our president made a shocking display of betraying our greatest friend and ally, Israel, when he said to Israel you need to give up more land, you must give up more land, shrink to your 67 borders, as a matter of fact cut your nation in two so you're separated from each other to indefensible borders and give that land away to the Palestinians who by the way don't even recognize that Israel exists or has a right to defend herself. America must do what all previous presidents have done since Harry Truman and stand with Israel. I stand with Israel. He does not speak for us on the issue of Israel."

Former Utah governor and potential presidential candidate Jon Huntsman: "I came today not to give a political speech but simply to introduce myself and my family. If the Faith and Freedom Coalition were to understand one political thing about me and the state I served it would be this: Utah had some of the greatest people in the nation. In Utah, people know the difference between freedom and serfdom. The serfdom of high debt and massive government and the toll these take on our liberty, our economy and our lives. And that ladies and gentlemen I believe will be the essence of the election in 2012."

Huntsman on America's future: "This too is a time for choosing. This is a moment when we will choose whether we are to become a declining power in the world, eaten from within or a nation that regains its economic health and maintains its long loved liberties. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not just a time for choosing new leaders, this is the hour when we choose our future."

Real estate mogul Donald Trump on Iraq:
“In the old days if we win we get the country, if we lose we get the hell out...We should give our soldiers and their families money [from Iraq]. We won the war, we’re going to take some oil, we’re going to pay ourselves back.”

Trump on America's future: “We have problems that are solvable in this country...With the right leader, this country can be great again. If we don’t make a change at the top, we are going over the ledge.”

2012 presidential candidate and Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on President Obama:
"If we're going to restore America's promise, we need to have a president that keeps his promises to America. That's not Barack Obama...tell President Obama 'We've had enough of your broken promises, we've had enough of your fluffy rhetoric. Lead the country or get out of the way.'"

Pawlenty on foreign policy: "Radical Islam, not all of Islam, but radical Islam believes it's okay to kill in the name of their religion and it's not, we need to say that...We need a president of the United States that stands shoulder to shoulder with our great friend Israel and makes sure there is no daylight between the United States and Israel.

Pawlenty on debt: We cannot spend more than we take in. Just because we followed Greece into democracy doesn't mean we need to follow them into bankruptcy.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate on President Obama and the economy:
"We're united in our belief in America...and we're also united in our concern for America because our country is in peril. Barack Obama has failed the American people."

"When he took office his number one job was to get the economy to turn around...so now, three years later, we have high unemployment...we still have, three years later, home foreclosures at record levels...and what does he have to say about this? He says 'I'm just getting started.'"

"This is not just a crisis, this is a moral crisis that we face in this country. And when this crisis is going on, the president is in the Midwest today taking a victory lap."

"I don't think it's possible to solve a crisis if you can't see a crisis. And this president can't see this crisis and we do."

Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul, 2012 candidate for president: "I cannot imagine any two more important issues than freedom and faith. The goal of all political activities is liberty and what is the purpose of liberty."

"I don't think we need a king and we don't need Washington to act as if they're the king of this government...people have become dependent on the government and it's cradle to grave...we have confused liberty and where it comes from."

"We're at the crossroads right now because we have lived beyond our means, become totally dependent and done all the things we shouldn't do and none of the things we should do...There's nothing moral about our financial system and our monetary system and this recent breakdown is proof positive."

"We spent too much and we borrowed too much and we printed too much and that didn't help."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on social conservatism: I’ve been out there fighting for the causes that social conservatives care about. Social conservatives understand that America is a great country because it’s founders were great...I’ve always been pro-life, I’ve always been for traditional marriage.
A lot of folks weren’t here last year...they come and say they’ll take the pledge...Ladies and Gentleman, I don’t just take the pledge, I take the bullets."

Santorum on terrorism:
"Even President Bush got it wrong. Terror is a tactic, it’s not the enemy. The enemy are radical Islamists. They want to destroy us not because of what we do, but because of who we are. There’s a foundational difference between what they believe and what we believe."

Former House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (via recorded statement): "We are a country in which the people believe that their rights come from God and that therefore each individual is sovereign; that we loan power to the government, the government never loans power to us. That’s why we begin our Constitution 'We the People' – not we the lawyers, not we the bureaucrats, not we the judges, not we the politicians, not even we the news media. It’s We the People."

2012 presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain on possible biblical references to current economic situation: “Many of you will recognize 2nd Corinthians 4th chapter, verses 8 and 9. ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. We are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted but not forsaken. Cast down but not destroyed.' Could the Apostle Paul have been talking about the United States of America? Could the Apostle Paul have been talking about our friend and ally Israel? I happen to believe that those prophetic words apply to both. Because we are troubled on many sides. And in a very short period of time – two years and five months and four days and counting – this nation has become a nation of crises. We have a moral crisis. We have an economic crisis. We have an entitlement spending crisis. We have an energy crisis. We have a foggy foreign policy crisis. And we have a severe deficiency of leadership crisis in the White House.”

Herman Cain on growing up as an African-American: “When I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, in my early days in the 50’s and the 60’s I remember having to go to the back door of some establishments in the South. And now I can walk through the front door and I can run for President of the United States in the greatest country in the world. Is this a great nation or what?”


Filed under: Haley Barbour • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. SiriusVH

    Where are the jobs that the GOPsters have promised when they took over the House of Representatives? Where are the jobs that the extension of the Bush tax cuts was supposed to bring about??????? When are the lies and the fairy tales going to stop? GOPsters have failed America, miserably and shamelesssly...........................

    June 3, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    so I guess the only people that believe in God and are Christians are always Republicans. That's good to know.

    June 3, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    Yeah, because that's what is really important and what people care about. Who would God deny healthcare to? GOP & Tea Party=American Taliban. These are America's true enemies.

    June 3, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yipee. Looks like we're gonna have us a real rip-roaring *I'm more Christian than you* Republican PURITY primary debate.

    P.S. How jobs oriented will THAT be, I wonder?

    June 3, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Bill

    Bachmann has totally fabricated President Obama's stance on Israel. The President stated what every other president has stated over the past 30 years, and what the international community has been stating all along.

    June 3, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. The real truth

    The real truth behind this message, let's read between the lines.What Haley Barbour and Bachman, tea partiers, birthers, and trump is really saying. Please America do not let this BLACK man win again this is a hard pill to swallow. I cannot stand the fact that there is colored man running this country. It has nothing to do with medicare, it has nothing to do with foriegn policies. But this colored man is making us white folks look bad. This is what they really want to say and probably half of america(republicans). Wake up america, there are some republican out there that want to actually save this country. Then you have those that will sabotage the well being of this country just to prove a point. F.Y.I. side note to all the readers "IF YOU STOP RESPONDING ABOUT SARAH PALIN THEN THEY WILL STOP WRITING ABOUT SARAH PALIN"

    June 3, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. John

    The Republican and the Tea Party are one In the same. They both will tell you what they think you want to hear but never do It. As proven in 2010 when they promised they would come up with JOBS. I don't know about you but I haven't see any how about you. I have seen the Republican take JOBS away from people. If you are not Rich or BIG BUSINESS the Republican and the TEA PARTY don't care about you. You don't Really think the KOCH'S BROTHER and few other Billionaire are spending all that money for nothing do you. America better wake up be for It to Late, Be for the Republican gave America to CHINA.

    June 3, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. kakaraka

    Really Bachman?, repeal obama care for the poor, disabled, children and senior citizens? That is your faith? This woman is crazy. It's about time the great minesota people vote her out of the office forever so we stop hearing her craziness. These wacos are not christians at my opinion. Everything they say or do are against the recommendations of Jesus. Help the poor, give to the hungry, do not hate other, etc.......Massachusetts people are now enjoying Romitcare. Let's give the same joy to other americans in other States. Obamacare will do just that. Obamacare = romitcare, which is very good health care law for the people and not for the big corporations.

    June 3, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Cosmo

    I cannot think of anything more faithless or less interested in freedom (except their own freedom to try to make you live by their hypocricy) than the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference. How the American people continually get fleeced by these people who wrap themselves in the flag while holding the Holy Bible is beyond me. America, turn off your TV and radio demagogues and try reading and thinking. Facts, knowledge and truth are always more powerful than opinions and ideology. WAKE UP!

    June 3, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. logic in LA

    I'm not sure which comment is more ridiculous- his or hers. I'm sure Obama loves seeing the 100 or so wanna-be presidential candidates under the big top. There is a reason they use an elephant as their symbol- the Republican party is a circus.
    And does Bachman read her speeches before she gives them? "..it will not stand. the American people will not stand"
    I agree with the statement as said- get rid of healthcare reform and the American people will not stand- but did she really mean to say that? Elephants for a symbol and clowns as their spokesmen.

    June 3, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. excitizen

    It seems to me that Bachmann out right lies every time she opens her mouth. An there are actually 1diots out there who believe her (the same ones that believe every single thing Whailin says). If you can post on the internet, surely you can read more than one source of news and come to an actual intelligent conclusion for yourself??? Or am I reaching here?

    June 3, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Bill wrote:
    Bachmann has totally fabricated President Obama's stance on Israel. The President stated what every other president has stated over the past 30 years, and what the international community has been stating all along.
    -----------------------------
    Correct! Netanyahu mischaracterized the President's words. And then, Netanyahu repeated the same concept to the US Congress to a standing ovation. Netanyahu is a hard-line conservative.

    June 3, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Kathy

    Faith and Freedom in this country are a contradiction in terms. They legislate what we can do in our bedrooms, privacy of our homes, and with our bodies. Their faith ruins our freedoms.

    June 3, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. TEE

    There is nothing Christian about what teapublicans say or do !

    June 3, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    So, it's official, the Tea Party plan to hijack the Republican Party is continuing according to Plan........At the end of the day, the Tea Party candidates have shown that they can talk a good campaign, but CAN NOT GOVERN!

    June 3, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    These GOPers constantly posting here only pull out (of their butt) half statements and half truths they hear of fox talk shows. You could waste hours exposing them for the weak followers they are, but it won't stop them from spewing the mindless fox/GOP lies. Kind of like trying to understand what Palin is saying – when she doesn't understand anything past turning a handle sends water out of a faucet – so how could expect what she says to be understandable??

    June 3, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Same thing we heard in 2010 so Americans hired republicans back in 2010

    What they are doing in 2011

    State republicans went after unions, abortion, voter Id etc but they didn’t follow the economy

    Congress wants to balance the budget with out raising tax, with out cutting subsidies to Oil companies (when gas price is $4) no defense cut they want to cut grandma Medicare, grand children and pregnant women nutrition program (WIC) etc but they didn’t focus on the jobs

    To balance the budget and reduce deficit first Americans need JOB

    We had enough with republicans

    June 3, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Politics and Religion are a volatile combination.

    June 3, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. excitizen

    Kathy said "Faith and Freedom in this country are a contradiction in terms. They legislate what we can do in our bedrooms, privacy of our homes, and with our bodies. Their faith ruins our freedoms."

    I totally agree and think that the conservative christians attempts at legislating their idea of morals on all is no different than shariah law – different rules – same exact mentality – and I will fight it just as vigerously! They don't belong in our bedrooms or to have a say over our bodies.

    June 3, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    well looks like the real good Christain Republicans are going to have their conference again telling us how they can make the rich richer, deny healthcare to the lower class and disabled, make up stories about President Obama, be forgiving of people like Newt Gingrich, and silently say why they can't support Mitt and Huntsman (they are MORMONS not real Christians) Too bad that to have faith and trust in God you HAVE to be a Republican. If you're a Democrat you have to PROVE you're a Christian esp if many think you're a Muslim.

    June 3, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    I heard that the Jesus Christ of the Four Gospels tried to speak to this crowd but was turned away because his ideas were out of the mainstream of their ideologue. Especially that stuff about clothing the naked, feeding the hungry & welcoming the stranger. Matthew 25,31.

    June 3, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. excitizen

    sonny chapman – you are my new hero!

    June 3, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    They WILL suppress women and make them objects for breeding to get their armies populated. That's all they want.

    June 3, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. teena

    Sojouners sent out wrist bracelets with the words "QWhat Would Jesus Cut?" Now that is really Christian values in action. So, teapartiers, republicans, and all those who wrap themselves in the flag of demagoguery–ask yourselves what would Jesus cut if he were here walking among us?
    I don't beleive Jesus would continue to give money to big oil companies and let the homeless suffer from neglect–remember him feeding the thousands with loaves and fish?

    June 3, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. a6102658

    GoPers have not present a single jobs bill, but 100s of anti-abortion bills, that is our government people.

    June 3, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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