Washington (CNN) - Addressing the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chided a controversial conservative leader who has denounced Mormonism.
The former Massachusetts governor, whose family has deep ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made no mention of the clamor surrounding Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who called Mormonism a "cult" after appearing at the summit on Friday.
But Romney did take aim at Bryan Fischer, a director at the American Family Association, who was slated to speak directly after the candidate took the stage Saturday.
(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."
(CNN) - Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called on social conservative voters not to settle for a moderate Republican nominee in 2012, a line she has used repeatedly on the campaign trail.
"Don't listen to these people, who every four years tell you we have to select a moderate from our party and we have to settle for the sake of winning," Bachmann said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday. "I am here to tell you we are going to win. This year, we don't settle."
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his speech at the Values Voter Summit to call certain views of the American judicial system "anti-American" and "profoundly wrong."
Gingrich specifically took aim at judicial supremacy, the idea that the Supreme Court has the final word on the countries most pressing issues.
Washington (CNN) - Presidential contender Herman Cain reacted to a number of recent polls that have him near the top of the GOP race in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.
In an energized speech, the former CEO of Godfathers Pizza said he didn't want his followers to be confused by some of the 'garbage that people throw out there."
Washington (CNN) – As part of his speech to the Values Voter Summit Friday, presidential contender Rick Santorum introduced his “0-0-0” plan, a swipe at Herman Cain’s highly publicized “9-9-9” tax reform plan.
After laying out why he is a strong social conservative, Santorum directed his focus on Cain.
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum struck a tone of togetherness at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, branding himself as a "value voter" that has always been a social conservative.
The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania detailed his career by highlighting the social priorities that he championed while in the House and Senate.
(CNN) – The leader of the right-leaning Family Research Council said Friday that simply electing a Republican to the White House in 2012 wouldn't be enough to counter Pres. Barack Obama's four years as president.
"This election is too important to elect a Republican," Tony Perkins said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "We need to elect a conservative that will undo the economic and moral and social destruction this administration has unleashed on America. We don't need politicians that promise to slow down decline. We need leaders that are bold and courageous that will undo destructive policies."
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - One day after President Barack Obama referred to the jobs crisis in America as "an emergency", GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver his first major foreign policy speech, sharply criticizing the president while laying out his own vision for what he calls "An American Century" including calling for increased military spending.
In an advance draft of his planned remarks he'll deliver before cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, Romney is expected to lay out his vision that combines economic and military strength, noting that "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers."
Washington (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeatedly brought social conservatives to their feet Saturday with an impassioned address in which he warned that America faces a dual threat from the Democratic establishment on the one hand and Islamic terrorists on the other.
“We are at a point where our establishment is sliding into policies of such disastrous impact that they will in fact fundamentally challenge the survival of America as we know it,” said Gingrich during his speech to the fifth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
“On the one front we have a secular socialist machine led by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, and on the other front we have radical Islamists who would fundamentally change this country into a system none of us in this room would recognize,” he continued to thunderous applause.
Gingrich, who has repeatedly acknowledged he is testing the waters in advance of a potential bid for president, largely stuck to red meat issues during his 30-minute speech before a gathering of activists who could play a crucial role in selecting the next Republican presidential candidate.
Gingrich also took aim at Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who recently sent a letter to insurance industry leaders warning them not to "falsely blame premium increases" on the recently passed health care legislation.
“And if she’s going to represent left-wing thought police about Obamacare, she should be forced to resign by the new Congress," he said.