Tuesday, June 11, 2013
For those trying to write the political obituary of conservative evangelicals, they might want to take note of what’s happening at the JW Marriott hotel later this week in Washington DC. The “Teavangelicals” are back. Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition holds its, “Road To Majority
Conference” starting Thursday and it is turning into a must-see political event considering that many potential Republican candidates for president will be on hand. Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum are coming in for the big affair and it will give conservative Christians their first real chance to size up the possible presidential candidates. It will also give these Republicans a chance to see how they might fare among the key voting constituency in the GOP Primaries. Other speakers include Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and many more.
The conference isn’t just a cattle call of speeches by top conservatives. The real goal is here to make sure the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 700,000 plus members are engaged early in the political process. There will be training and education sessions so that they can reach the goal of registering one million new voters by Election Day in 2014, 100 million new voter contacts and distributing 40 million voter guides.
There is a lobbying aspect to the group’s efforts as well. Immediately following the kick-off luncheon on Thursday, more than five hundred FFC members will hit Capitol Hill for what is being called, “Lobby Day.” They will meet with their Senators and Congressmen to lobby on marriage, immigration and IRS reform. On marriage, the thrust of the conversations will center on pushing lawmakers to start figuring out a replacement for the Defense of Marriage Act, assuming the Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional. Immigration talks will focus on making sure any immigration reform bill is fully anti-amnesty and full of real border security requirements. As for the IRS, FFC members will be lobbying for passage of two bills: The first one has a clever name: It’s called, "Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013" and is sponsored by Tom Price in the House and John Cornyn in the Senate. It seeks to stop the Internal Revenue Service from putting into place or implementing any requirements of ObamaCare. The second bill is the IRS Anti-Abuse Act, sponsored by Paul Gosar. This legislation would make it a crime to discriminate against organizations and individuals based on their political affiliation or ideology.
There’s no doubt that the IRS scandal has given Teavangelical activists a shot in the arm as they try and recover from November of last year when President Obama won a second term. A malaise of disillusionment settled in after Obama began his second term but the IRS scandal targeting Teavangelical type groups, combined with a hopeful looking 2014 congressional electoral map has given conservative Christians some optimism that better days are ahead. Those days start Thursday in DC as the crucial base of the party gets its first side-by-side look at the Republican presidential hopefuls who they hope will lead them back to the Promised Land.
Senator Marco tells The Brody File that evangelical Christians have been critical to the immigration reform process saying, “I think the biggest change hasn’t been in the pulpit. It’s been in the pews.” Rubio also says biblical compassion must be on display. “Our faith has always been about compassion and it compels you to do something, Rubio says. “If you took compassion or the principle of compassion out of the Bible, it would be in tatters because it’s all over the place.”
You can watch his remarks below. The Brody File conducted this interview up on Capitol Hill.
Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
Senator Marco Rubio:
“I think the biggest change hasn’t been in the pulpit. It’s been in the pews. The folks who are attending church who maybe five years ago felt differently about this issue now they’re worshipping next to an illegal immigrant family, now they’ve met someone who’s in the circumstance so it’s one thing is when eleven million is a statistic. The other thing is when one of those eleven million is your friend, a human being you now know.”
Senator Marco Rubio:
“Our faith has always been about compassion and it compels you to do something. Now, we have an obligation to be responsible to our country and not do anything that hurts America but also our faith calls us to compassion. If you took compassion or the principle of compassion out of the Bible, it would be in tatters because it’s all over the place.”
Senator Marco tells The Brody File that he’s not concerned if immigration reform hurts his chances of becoming the Republican Nominee for President saying that God has it all under control. “Whatever is going to happen with me is what God’s already planned for me,” Rubio says.
You can watch his remarks below. The Brody File conducted this interview up on Capitol Hill. Go 5:10 into clip to hear where he talks about God. Other highlights are below.
Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
Highlights of Interview: (Watch the clips for full answers)
On Potential Negative Political Ramifications From Conservatives If He Runs For President in 2016
David Brody: “It’s a political reality of what could actually happen.
Senator Marco Rubio: Well, the day I start making decisions around here with the mind toward what other office I want to run for, I’ll no longer be very effective.”
Senator Rubio: “Whatever is going to happen on this issue, whatever is going to happen with me is what God’s already planned for me. My job is just to be obedient and have faith in that regard and that’s really something like everybody else I struggle with that because the human side wants us to think about the here and now but I think ultimately if you try and approach every issue in life, from the smallest details to a big issues like this with that view point it gives you a sense of peace and calm about you wouldn’t otherwise have.”
On The Sell To Conservatives:
David Brody: “Has this been harder of a sell than you originally thought?
Senator Rubio: “The answer to that is yes and no.”
On Border Security:
Senator Rubio: “I think that’s where we are in this debate. Can we do enough about border security so that people will support doing something about the eleven million and that’s what I’m focused on, that’s what I’m working on trying to accomplish.”
Senator Rubio: “We’ve gone to my colleagues and they’re saying we just don’t think it’s enough. We don’t trust the administration, quite frankly Republican or Democrat. We’ve been told this before that they’re going to secure the border and that never happens.”
On His Line In The Sand:
Senator Rubio: “For me, if we start trading let say we start weakening the guest worker program in exchange for stronger border security I’m not interested in that horse trading. I don’t have a problem dealing with this issue in one bill comprehensively, so long if the different subject areas are dealt with within those subject areas, we’re not trading good policy for bad policy.”