After being booed by evangelicals during an event last year, Trump moderated his tone and avoided any rhetorical missteps in a teleprompter-aided stump speech.
It's inexcusable that no Republican senators are willing to stand up and defend the Constitution," said the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer. Only one GOP senator spoke out against the legislation.
The message at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference: Don't stop talking about abortion and marriage. "The Republican social issues we believe in are more popular than our economic agenda," said one speaker.
The Florida senator has recently been the target of some friendly fire on the right, but at the start Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, he's the star of the show.
"It’s not even a close call," Christian conservative leader says.
Abandoned by the Establishment, beset by libertarians, the base is playing defense.
The Christian Coalition founder looks ahead to a big new group. Lobbyists in all 50 state capitols, 44 million cell phones, 200+ million voter contacts: "We are playing for keeps."
"Allow me to....disabuse you of the notion that there is something about Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers or his personal life that's going to win this election," Reed says. "It's not going to happen."