Values Voter Summit
|Values Voter Summit|
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Values Voter Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council with numerous conservative organizations sponsoring or otherwise participating in the conference. In the most recent summit, 38 organizations participated and 2,000 people were in attendance. The summit is usually held in September or October of each year.
The first summit was held in 2006. Among the key issues for values voters defined by the organizers are opposition to abortion and to same-sex marriage, and a strong national defense. The Los Angeles Times describes the conference as combination rally, revival meeting, political convention and bazaar." The conference typically includes appearances from Republican potential presidential candidates vying for the support of the crucial social conservative base of the party.
Featured guests at the summit have included commentators Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, in addition to numerous elected officials and other conservative figures. Co-sponsors of the event included other Christian political action groups, such as AFA Action (part of the American Family Association), the Heritage Foundation, Liberty University, Liberty Counsel and Gary Bauer's organization American Values.
After a "civil war" over the inclusion of the gay Republican group GOProud led many conservative organizations and activists to boycott the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Politico reported that a group of conservative figures were beginning to organize to turn the Values Voter Summit into "a full-fledged rival to CPAC" by expanding its focus to include economic and national security issues. Several of the boycotting organizations are already sponsors or participants in the Values Voter Summit.
The 2011 conference was held on October 7-8, 2011. All of the major 2012 Republican presidential candidates spoke except Jon Huntsman, Jr. Ron Paul won the straw poll, though his win was discounted by the Family Research Council. Businessman Herman Cain finished second followed by former Senator Rick Santorum.
Presidential straw poll
A presidential straw poll is held each year since 2007:
- 2007: Mitt Romney placed first with almost 28% of a total of 5,776 votes cast.
- 2008: No straw poll was held since the Republican nominee for the 2008 presidential election, John McCain, was already decided. Instead, speakers and attendees expressed support for McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.
- 2009: Mike Huckabee won with 28% of the vote.
- 2010: Mike Pence won with 24% of the vote.
- 2011: Ron Paul won with 37% of the vote.
- 2012: Again, no straw poll was held as Mitt Romney had already been nominated as the Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election.
- 2013: Ted Cruz won the straw poll with 42% of the vote, the largest percentage of any candidate to date.
2011 Ron Paul incident
After it was announced that Ron Paul had won the 2011 straw poll with 37% of the vote, it was reported that many of his votes came from the over 600 people who registered just before the poll closed on the second and final day of the conference. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins all but discredited Paul's victory, saying, "I don’t think Ron Paul is truly reflective of where values voters stand." He also said, "Ron Paul bussed in over 600 people not to attend the conference but to hear his speech and vote. I give them credit for being organized."
- Family Research Council
- Faith and Freedom Conference
- Social conservatism in the United States
|2007 Values Voter Summit|
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- "2010 Values Voter Summit - Sponsors". FRC Action. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
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