- Category: U.S.
- Published on Friday, 11 October 2013 04:23
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
An annual gathering of conservative grassroots activists are meeting in Washington DC for the annual Values Voter Summit Oct. 11 – 13.
The summit brings together thousands of Americans to tackle issues impacting religious freedom, family, national security, and values. This year’s theme, “Standing for Faith, Family, and Opportunity for All,” expresses how following America’s founding principles provides all citizens more freedom and better lives.
“We’re going to have a long lineup of people this year,” Josh Duggar, executive director of FRCAction. I think it is going to be one of the best years we’ve had. I think people will be very encouraged. It’s really expensive – it’s only $99.00 and if you are a student its $50.00”
Some of the confirmed and invited speakers include Dr. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, as well as a number of congressmen, such as Sen. Ted Cruz. This year will feature a town hall platform where participates can ask lawmakers questions.
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott as well as U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and former Sen. Rick Santorum will also speak at Family Research Council Action's (FRC Action) 2013 Values Voter Summit (VVS), at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
“Our goal is to be able to allow people a connection with some of the leaders who are really fighting for your values here -- not only in Washington -- but in this country,” said Duggar.
The summit will also feature a straw poll of likely and potential GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race. The straw poll's results will be announced at a press conference on the afternoon of Saturday, October 12.
The summit is sponsored by FRC Action along with AFA Action, American Values, The Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel Action, Liberty Counsel and Family Research Council. An exhibit hall, book signings, breakout sessions, a job fair and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. On Saturday evening, Family Research Council will award Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, with its 2013 Vision and Leadership Award.
A number of liberal organizations have encouraged politicians and pundits not to attend the event. In addition to the NAACP and Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Council of La Raza, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign and People For the American Way have signed a letter calling for a boycott of the event.
For more information on the event and a preliminary schedule, please go to www.valuesvotersummit.org.