Top conservatives rally at summit in Washington
October 11th, 2013
10:04 AM ET
12 months ago

Top conservatives rally at summit in Washington

Washington (CNN) – Conservatives rallied Friday at an annual gathering in Washington, applauding the tea party-fueled standoff in Congress over the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate.

At the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by fiscal and social conservative groups, a number of the right's most high-profile lawmakers lined up to speak on the future of the conservative movement, as well as the stalemate on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Paul Ryan are among the featured speakers.

The three-day event kicked off Friday morning, but CNN's Peter Hamby spoke to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins about what to expect at the event.

Check back here throughout the day to catch the latest on what the speakers say:

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

"Ted Cruz hand I have been roundly criticized for our actions in the attempt to defund Obamacare. We make no apologies. We stand with you. We stand with the people."

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"If you do think about it, the very best argument against Obamacare is the president's conduct during the first 10 days of this shutdown. I mean look what's happened. The president is using the vast immense power of the federal government to hurt the American people. Why? In order to win a political argument! What happens then when we turn over some of the most private intimate decisions in our lives our health care system to the government? When will that be used as a tool against us? We must stop it. We must defund it. We cannot accept it."

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"As values voters we have to remember that it is far more important to keep our eyes fixed on potential conservatives converts rather than on finding heretics. You see the principles that unite us are also the principles that help position us to win the hearts and the minds of votes across this great land."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

"This afternoon President Obama has invited Senate Republicans to the White House. So after leaving here I am going to be going to the White House. I will make a request if I am never seen again please send a search and rescue team. I very much hope tomorrow morning I don’t wake up amidst the Syrian rebels."

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"It is because of you that the House of Representatives has been standing strong because the House has been listening to the people."

"Senator Mike Lee and I began by pitching it in Washington and it was abundantly clear that this was not a strategy that Washington was going to embrace. It was far too risky and if there was one overarching urge in Washington, it is risk aversion. Do nothing, nothing, nothing that has any risk that it might actually do anything."

While Cruz received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd, he was interrupted multiple times by hecklers.

"I wish you would participate in the democratic process through speaking respectfully," he said to one heckler. "It seems that President Obama's paid political operatives are out in force today. And you know why? Because the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of you."

Dogged by hecklers, Cruz hits back

Responding to another, he said: "I'm curious, is anybody left in the Organizing for America headquarters? I'm actually glad that the president's whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country."

"At this point," he said to another heckler. "You know what's striking actually? In the course of this brief speech, we've heard more questions than President Obama's allowed in the past year."

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"Let me make an offer to the president: I would welcome the president, if he wants to get a 100 of his most rabid political operatives in a room, I will answer their questions on television as long as he likes. And in exchange, all I would ask, Mr. President, is you take not a hundred but 10 men and women in this room and spend 30 minutes answering their questions for the American people."

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky

“Today I want to talk about war media ignoring – from Boston to Zanzibar there’s a war on Christianity and they are being attacks but you don’t hear about it because it’s not convenient. The press gloss over attacks on Christians and describes it as sectarian but it’s being waged by fanatics of Islam.”

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“Across the globe, Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or we lived under early pagan Roman rule. This administration does nothing to stop it and it can be argued that it is giving aid and comfort to those who tolerate these crimes.”

Paul: Obama 'does nothing to stop' war on Christianity

“Earlier this year, I forced the Senate to vote to defund the Muslim Brotherhood and every Democrat voted to continue sending your money to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Paul said. “I can tell you one thing, as long as I am in the Senate, I will fight against sending any money to the Muslim brotherhood."

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“We send billions of dollars to Egypt to Pakistan. We have helped place Islamic regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama now sends arms to Islamic rebels in Syria. In Egypt, the mob that attacked our embassy climbed on top our embassy and burned out flag, I don’t know about you, but I have had enough. I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Florida

"Maybe the American Dream may never be what it used to be, So we ask ourselves why is this happening and there's a lot of reasons. Globalization has changed the nature of our economy. You have all these jobs that have gone overseas because of cheaper labor costs. Millions of jobs have been replaced by machines...Too many people never got the education or the skills they need for the jobs that the new economy is creating. And big government is keeping our economy from creating new middle class jobs that people desperately need."

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"The liberal answer to all this is just have the government spend more money. Look, there's a role for government, but no matter how much money the government spends – it will never be able to take the place of parents and strong families."

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"By this point I had hoped someone would have heckled me, so that I could sip some water."

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"I believe Jesus Christ is God," he said, pausing for a long round applause. "I believe he loves every single human being that has ever lived–no matter what they have done, even if they don't believe in him. That's why suffered a brutal death and he resurrected from the dead to erase the sins that separate us from him. I respect the rights of those who don't share my beliefs. But to teach my faith to my children and to share it with anyone who will listen, that is my right, too."

Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina

"We can not have a president who picks and chooses. He says 'I don't really like the marriage laws,' so he doesn't enforce them. He says 'I don't like the immigration laws and I will go around them.' He says 'I don't even like the Obamacare law so I am going to delay a part of it.' I mean what is that? What is that all about?"

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"We have to get back to fiscal sanity to save America. You see I think we have lost our way because we forgot the 'why.' Why are we here? I think there is good news though. I am a big beliver that even in the midst of a storm, the Word works."

Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon

"I have to tell you, you know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is – in a way, it is slavery, in a way because – because it is making all of us subservient to the government. And it was never about health care. It was about control. And that’s why – that’s why when this administration took office it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically. All forces were directed toward getting this legislation passed."

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"When they begin to neglect the Constitution, when they begin to impose their own will, when they look at laws of the land and they say, OK, I think I’ll enforce this one, this one I won’t, when they begin to treat people differently, they say these are my friends, you don’t have to do that but all the rest of you have to do something, when they say the people in the – in the executive branch and the legislative branch don’t have to participate in certain programs but everybody else has to, when they give businesses exemptions but the common people they say, no, you have to do it, you know, that’s not America. That’s Russia. That’s someplace else. How did we allow that to happen in this nation?"

Carson: Obamacare is 'slavery'

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin (video message)

"My colleagues and I are working to get a budget agreement. It's been slow going, but I want to make the most of this moment. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy. Divided government is frustrating. But our country is worth the effort. We have to make it work. Now, this President won't agree to everything we need to do. A budget agreement-with this President and this Senate-won't solve our problems. But I hope it's a start."

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"The way I see it, our job is to preserve our values in the 21st century. We need to apply our principles to the challenges of today. That means we need to completely rethink government's role in our lives. We need to completely rethink government's role in helping the most vulnerable. We need to completely rethink of government's role in health care. That means we can never give up on repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota

"You see the Obama administration is turning us into a police line. I say we are not a police line. You can choose that or mister President or you can choose to follow article two in the Constitution of the United States."

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"This is a big fight. We're supposed to be ashamed this fight is about Obamacare, I'm not. I'm not ashamed. When Obamacare passed I was there that night. Grieving, weeping on the floor when Obamacare passed in the House or Representatives. I had made the first call to the American people. And I called you all to come into Washington, D.C. to look at the whites of the eyes of members of Congress and say to them 'not with my healthcare you don't.' 40,000 of you responded and came to Washington D.C. That created the rise of the tea party."

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"I submit to you today what is at risk in all of this is whether we will be the police line state or whether we will be a Constitutional republic. It is that grave and that consequential."

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rusty Krus

    Too bad that building wasn't built on an active fault line!

    October 11, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    ga.democrat wrote:

    The idiots are rallying while the government is shutdown and people are suffering. What a pathetic group of losers.
    They are laughing, telling jokes, spewing hatred, and preening for the cameras. Who votes for these morons?
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    Who votes for them? People who are so consumed by a single issue that they cannot see or don't care about anything else.

    If liberals had conducted such a gathering during a shutdown, the right wing would be shouting from every street corner that the liberal politicians holding elected in DC should not have attended. Guess what? It's still not too late.

    October 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Ol' Yeller

    Cruz stated,"This afternoon President Obama has invited Senate Republicans to the White House. So after leaving here I am going to be going to the White House. I will make a request if I am never seen again please send a search and rescue team. I very much hope tomorrow morning I don’t wake up amidst the Syrian rebels."

    Cruz to hecklers: "I wish you would participate in the democratic process through speaking respectfully"

    Nuff said?

    October 11, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Looking at the picture, you can almost see the comic bubble with the words... "These Goobers don't have a clue that I'm playing them and making a fortune in the process"!

    October 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Mark in Seattle

    That's a gathering of some very messed up minds. Happy to be 3,000+ miles away.

    October 11, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I don't think that Republicans let them in as much as they were invaded by a cabal of well financed candidates promoting extreme right wing social engineering. It was a message that haters could identify with and embrace
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    No they let them in Rudy.
    Never once to my recollection did the established Republicans that knew how things were supposed to run stand up to them. Never once.
    They let them in because they saw their numbers increase with each one that was elected. The way they figured it their base now had 2 choices: the rabid extremists, or the status quo conservative. Either way it was another R in the chamber for them augmenting their numbers, taking them closer to a majority.
    They welcomed the cray-crays and now they have to deal with Teatards Gone Wild.

    October 11, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...And extremely well-funded Teatards at that.
    Nothing makes a Republican shut up and take orders, er notice, like a man with deep, DEEp pockets.

    October 11, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. rs

    Gee, with the need for negotiations to open the government open again why are these fools CAMPAIGNING?

    October 11, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Dan J

    How is Ted Cruz a conservative hero? All he did was make a high profile, self serving whine-fest. He accomplished nothing, and he offered no real solutions.
    While Ted Cruz was busy raising funds and giving speeches, Paul Ryan was actually DOING HIS JOB, and came up with an amicable, mutually acceptable compromise to handle the debt ceiling.

    October 11, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Thomas

    @freedom
    "the very best argument against Obamacare is the president's conduct during the first 10 days of this shutdown. I mean look what's happened. The president is using the vast immense power of the federal government to hurt the American people. Why? In order to win a political argument! What happens then when we turn over some of the most private intimate decisions in our lives our health care system to the government? When will that be used as a tool against us? We must stop it. We must defund it. We cannot accept it." Mike Lee
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    Do you realize your the best spokesman on this blog to promote the Affordable Healthcare Act ?

    Keep up the good work !

    As for Mike Lee ,

    Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have seen their favorability numbers drop in separate new polls.

    Lee’s favorability in his home state of Utah is down 10 points since June.

    October 11, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Bessy

    Rudy NYC
    Who votes for them? People who are so consumed by a single issue that they cannot see or don't care about anything else.
    ---------------------------------------------------–
    My guess would be racial, bigoted people who just have to blame someone for what they see as wrong and they want people in ofice who think just like them. They never worry about trying to fix what is wrong because all they can do is whine about it. They don't want people in office who will try to fix things because then who can they blame for the countries problems.

    October 11, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Bessy

    "Rudy NYC – Who votes for them? People who are so consumed by a single issue that they cannot see or don't care about anything else."

    My guess would be racial, bigoted people who just have to blame someone for what they see as wrong and they want people in ofice who think just like them. They never worry about trying to fix what is wrong because all they can do is whine about it. They don't want people in office who will try to fix things because then who can they blame for the countries problems.
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    Keeping things the same is the basic definition of conservatism. Unfortunately, keeping things the same for all eternity promotes stagnation, rot, and decay. In a different era, they would be against arithmetic, written language, clothes, and cooked food.

    October 11, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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