Ideal GOP Candidate Should Support Three Legs of Conservatism


Written by Chad Groening

Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, says those “three legs” are social issues, national defense, and the economy.

Several potential Republican candidates are concentrating their efforts on Christian conservatives.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hosted a prayer rally in his home state, sponsored by the American Family Association, in which he called for a national spiritual revival.

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, spoke this past weekend at a Houston megachurch conference billed as an effort to “restore the soul of America.”

Several potential White House hopefuls, including Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed social conservatives at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first caucuses in 2016.

Sam Rohrer, president the Pennsylvania Pastors Network and the American Pastors Network, says he is encouraged by the number of potential candidates who profess what he calls an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Ted Cruz is a believer in Jesus Christ. Mike Huckabee and some of the other ones are as well,” says Rohrer. “And I believe that that is a very good thing for those who are praying for a return to freedom and righteousness in this country.”

Huckabee is set to participate in the U-Turn Conference in March in Pennsylvania.

While she says the best candidate should be “impeccable” on social issues, Rios says the best GOP candidate must be able to reach the wider electorate across the country.

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