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GOP woos conservatives at conference

Posted: June 20, 2014 at 4 a.m.

In this June 13, 2013, file photo, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Road to Majority Conference luncheon in Washington. Some of the Republican Partys most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical officials claim new momentum in their fight for the GOPs soul. A group led by former Christian Coalition leader Reed, launches its annual conference on June 19, 2014, with appearances by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America's leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom as they courted social conservatives expected to play a critical role in the next presidential contest.

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