(CNN) - Speaking in Washington on Saturday at the Values Voter Summit, presidential hopeful Ron Paul threaded much of his speech with his familiar anti-war themes and rallying cries for liberty.
"One of the greatest threats to family is war," Paul said. "It undermines the family."
The Texas congressman has been a consistent critic of U.S. involvement in military activity overseas. To a crowd of mostly social conservatives, Paul linked the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the nation's mounting debt and sluggish economy.
And lacing his speech with biblical undertones for his largely-Christian audience, he suggested the U.S. shape its foreign policy around the "Golden Rule."
Paul also compared present-day America to the Israelites in the Old Testament when they allowed a king to govern their nation.
"We have too often relied on our own 'king' in Washington," Paul said, referring to the federal government. "And we have to change that."
Later, he added: "I prefer a different king - the original king - and the instructions that come from our creator, not from the government."
Paul was one of seven GOP presidential candidates who spoke this weekend at the social conservative conference, sponsored by the Family Research Council.
The former obstetrician, who has said in the past he's delivered more than 4,000 babies, also touched on abortion, arguing against the practice as an affront to liberty.
"You cannot be a great defender of liberty if you do not defend and understand what life is all about and where it comes from," he said.