GOP social conservatism touted

Conference speakers’ fervor varies on abortion, gay unions

Posted: March 8, 2014 at 3:15 a.m.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves to the crowd after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP’s most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues such as abortion and gay marriage in this year’s midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate, then the White House.

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