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?”
You got to have FAITH that jobs will appear out of nowhere if Republicans regain the White House, because they believe in in doing nothing and give companies the FREEDOM to do whatever they want, like shipping jobs overseas.
The founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could here what these right-wing idiots were saying. All the GOP is good for is making speeches to a bunch of dim-wits and complaining. Where are all those jobs the GOP promised us when they were running for election? What about them improving the economy? I don't see them doing anything other than complaining. Then again, that's all the GOP is good for.
Boss Hogg, Bachmann Overdone, and I used to work for the president and recently said I still want to, give speeches to the Jesus Freaks Conservative Coalition for freedom for all that don't oppose their view. SOSDD. Nothing new, same old tired rhetoric being passed around since the 19th century about faith by hypocites that put themselves on the same pedestal as Jesus but, can't acutally live up to his standards and look like idiots when they come across as human like the rest of us. Molly Hatchett would be proud. Remember these are the same folks that at one time said Slavery was OK b/c it was in Bible, a paticular conservative religion so prevelant in Utah that said God changed his mind about black people in 1978 (oh no it's not racism if we say God condones it right?), the creators of Jiim Crow laws, the framers of the temperance movement (Prohibition), Doesn't matter what party it was at the time, same people with same mindset. They just want things back the way they were in the good old days when good white, God fearing people could, w/o fear of returbution, spout off about their awesome, pure, and Christian values for freedom and family the way they want to no matter who is hurt by it. Be afraid, be very afraid, Facisim will come to America wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible. It happened in other places before and they didn't think it would either.
Anyone that associates with Reed and his sleazy organizations will never garner my vote. Reed is nothing but a crook and a con man. Have these politicians got no shame? No shame whatsoever? Kissing the ring of this slimeball. There's a special place reserved for all these "Christians".
Bachmann, a true idiot.
just GOP thugs....a drama....that's it....do not believe....o.k, These thugs ruined this nation fiscally...shipped jobs to india and china...just know this....truth...
Republican morons. People now see what you really stand for-gutting the working people so your corporate buddies can make money when there are no regulations to hold them back and force them to treat us decently. Tea Partiers can't seem to understand that but the GOP is kowtowing to them and lying threw its collective teeth about anythign Obama says or does.
but what they really mean is FREEDOM, if you have the SAME FAITH as they do!
I wish the real wackadoos would hold their tongues until *after* they have the nomination. It's a shame we only get to hear from Bachmann until early in the spring. She would be so entertaining as the Republican nominee, wouldn't she?
Sounds like the God they worship is green. Our founding fathers were atheists and believed in the separation of church and state. The US was founded to escape from leaders guided by religious ideology. They founded a Democracy, not a Theocracy. A Democracy guided by religous values and lawas cannot exist as a free and independent society. The founding fathers believed in freedom of and freedom from religion in the halls of government.
Listen to the conservatives at this conference preach on small governement and government staying out of their personal lives. But at the same time they will tell you what you can and cannot do in the privacy of your own home, in the privacy of your doctor's care, or even in the privacy of your own relationships. All of this while preaching their dearly held values of the private sector. Yes, the private sector. Sounds like the God they worship is green.
All these good old boys and gals want things the way they use to be and clothe themselves in Christianity while they do the work of Judas. Fear no man because God is in control and not the Republican so-called Christian.
These hypocrites are pathetic and so are their followers. Please vote these fools out. They care about nothing but themselves, and the republican/tea party. I am sick of hearing their lies.
Let's see, faith and freedom. Huh! the rethugs are all about greed, which is one of the seven deadly sins. they're all about hating anyone who's different, like gays and immigrants, and Jesus, who they claim to follow, told us to love one another. they lie about everything, so so much for the Ten Commandments. and freedom! wow! they are against women having the freedom to decide their own health care. they're against people having the freedom to marry the person they love if that person happens to be of the same gender. the faith and freedom they're talking about is the faith that the American people will forget they totally screwed up the country and will be stupid enough to give them another shot at it. and the freedom, well, that's the freedom for businesses to run wild and unregulated so they can suck every last dime out of the pockets of the rest of us. hope the country's finally wising up to these rotten hypocrites.
I am offended at these so called Christian frauds. They should try reading the bible, especially the New Testament. You know, the parts that talk so frequently about those that have helping those that don't have. And try reading the parts that talk about the evils of worshiping false gods, like money. And what about the parst that talk about loving your fellow man? Oh, that's right. These people have removed those references. Their bible must be about 100 pages thick. On their last day they are in for a huge surprise.
Do we want to elect a leader who is on a mission from God?
Can one man/woman truly know the intent of God?
Does one man/woman have the right of self-determination that only they have been chosen to spread God's laws?
Does one religous group have the right to determine what is morally correct for all religous groups and all free people?
I can't find the part in the Bible that says "Starve the poor", or "Drill baby drill".
Can someone help me please?
Nope. Don't believe that for one second that Repups are going to have alliance with TeaPeople. Only at those times when they hold hands and unilaterally throw hate bombs, bludgeon folks with worn-out Constitutionality, and follishness, do they see eye to eye. You know, that "anybody but Obama" thing. Notice they are only criticizing and speaking of winning. When they spoke on the way forward (that would be Ryan's cuts hatchet job), they got the results that they did. I give them this though, both factions dance for the wealthy. Who pays for TeaFolks busses and stuff? Republicans?
Babbling idiots. Everyone one of them. How can anyone believe anything these jokers say?
Gee.. Michelle... You're committed? That would be wonderful news if only it were true. I think that you SHOULD be committed!
I just saw a photo of Christie on tv. The GOP should just retire the Elephant and post a picture of the Governor.
What a bunch of just incredible hypocrits! i was brought up never to judge a persons faith. Apparently this is christianity in America. gee know i know why i dont do church anymore as well!
Really, Barbour...you think tea partier are going to back a repub if Palin jumps in as independent? You don't know them very well.
Wasn't there something in there about bearing false witness? Hello, fellow Christians, wake up! Beware of false prophets!
Kind of like the 52 yr. old buck-toothed, morbidly obese, mean old maid, second cousin that is trying to get herself a husband by branding herself as voluptuous and vivacious.
A bunch of affluent, arrogant, judgmental pseudo-Christians one and all. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."