The annual Values Voter Summit, which is expected to draw more
than 2,000 grassroots activists from across the country, kicks off
in Washington, D.C. today to promote pro-family values, the economy
and other issues important to social conservatives.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan
will be one of the featured speakers at the Family Research Council
Action's (FRC Action) 2012 Values Voter
Summit, held this weekend from September 14-16 at the
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The speaker lineup includes
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), House Majority
Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Rep.
Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Rand Paul
(R-KY), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Virginia Attorney General Ken
Cuccinelli, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Lt. Col. Oliver North
(USMC, Ret.), actor Kirk Cameron and radio host Dennis Prager,
among many others.
First-time attender Phillip Wold of Mankato, Minnesota says he
hopes to take back to his home state information that might be
helpful in getting the nation back to Christian values.
"Well, the concern that I have is for the values that we as a
family have shared and we as congregation members have shared," he
tells OneNewsNow. "We wanted to take and make certain that those
same values are values that are expressed in our national
situation. We feel that many things have been going on of late that
have deviated from the values that we regard as important."
Another first-time attender Unice Wold of Prescott, Arizona,
shares her concerns about the degradation of Christians as a people
"I want to make sure that this nation does not make Christians
second-class citizens," she states. "We have so much going on in
our nation today where Christians are made fun of, they're
persecuted, and I really hate that. That's not what this country
was founded on."
The 2012 Values Voter Summit is co-sponsored by AFA Action,
American Values, The Heritage Foundation, Liberty University,
Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council.