GOP Hopefuls Make Case To Social Conservatives

A crop of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates will make their case for the conservative crown this weekend at the Values Voter Summit.

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.), and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, all thought to be planning runs for the White House, are slated to speak at the conference. 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), two other possible GOP White House contenders, are also slated to speak, as is 2008 vice presidential GOP nominee Sarah Palin. 

Several other possible Republican 2016 candidates are notably absent from the speaking roster. 

Even if social conservatives might have lost some clout nationally, they’ll play a major role in early presidential contests, such as in Iowa. 

“Most of the speakers are folks who want to corner off sections of the Republican base for 2016,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “They need to corner off a secure base of voters in initial caucus and primary states, like Iowa and New Hampshire. And value voters have the most strength in Iowa.”

Read more from Kevin Cirilli at The Hill

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