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‘Faith, Family, Country’: GOP Presidential Candidates Make Last Minute Pitch To Iowa Religious Voters

  • Republican presidential candidates attended a faith and family event in Iowa this weekend, making another appeal to religious voters in the weeks before the caucuses.
  • Casey DeSantis said her son Mason loved watching his father debate and that he once told her, “Our country is in decline,” and Nikki Haley's daughter said, “Her He said he enjoys being a “person for others.” [mom] In the front row. “
  • “I believe strongly in faith, family and country because I have lived it,” Haley told the audience.

Sioux Center, Iowa— Republican presidential candidates spoke with religious voters in Iowa on Saturday about “faith, family and country” with five weeks until the state's caucuses.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy attended the packed rally. event In Sioux Center, Iowa, he gave a talk on “Faith and Family” with Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra (Iowa), who is running for re-election in 2024. The candidates all spoke about their personal faith experiences and how they have prioritized family during their presidential campaigns. (Related article: 'I'm trying to make up my mind': Iowa voters say President Trump's lead may not be as solid as they thought)

“I believe strongly in faith, family and country because I have lived it,” Haley told the audience, along with her daughter Lena.

“My faith in God is the foundation not only of how I live my life, but also how I conduct myself in elected office,” DeSantis said, sitting next to his wife, Casey. “The media opposition and everything is designed to throw you off course. It's all designed to keep you from achieving what you want to achieve. Having it actually separates you.”

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Ramaswamy, who attended with his son Karthik, spoke several times about his Hindu faith and told Feenstra that he appreciated the opportunity to address the “elephant in the room.” A nursing student who attended the event asked Ramaswamy if Christian voters could trust him to advance their values ​​and beliefs, to which Ramaswamy replied: candidate. “

“I’m not qualified to be a minister, but I’m running for commander in chief…and someone who takes an oath to the Constitution and who needs to be grounded in the same values ​​that the Constitution was written to protect. “Do I support those values? You're absolutely right,” he said.

Candidates also shared personal stories from their campaigns. Casey DeSantis said her son, Mason, loved watching the debates and at one point she said, “Our country is in decline,” drawing laughs from the audience.

Haley's daughter said she enjoys being “the one for me.” [mom] Haley's husband Michael was in the front row. deployed In June.

“It's really special because she's always been so supportive of me and came to my track meets, my cheerleading games, my basketball games. So the most special of all of this. I think the thing is, I can support her like she's been able to do in the past, “support her,'' Lena said.

Comparing his philosophy as a father to his approach to becoming president, Ramaswamy said, “It should start at home with the family.”

“As a father, I have a duty to my family. I'm not going to budge,” he said. “And I think that's part of what gives me moral clarity. Even if it's part of my views related to the role of president of the United States…my only moral obligation. I think it's for my fellow countrymen in this country.'' This has to do with my views as a father, but it also has to do with my worldview and how I want to lead this country as president.'' . ”

Feenstra said he plans to discuss with his team over the next few days whether to support one of the candidates.Republican Governor Kim Reynolds and FAMiLY Leader Founder Bob Vander Plaats announced its support for DeSantis, with Vander Plaats saying: believe Religious Iowans will strongly oppose former President Donald Trump.

“Iowa will rise,” Vander Plaats said, according to The Hill. “This is not the leadership our country needs.”

Trump, who was absent from the event, currently leads Iowa with 47.3%, followed by DeSantis in second place with 18.7%, Haley with 15.7% and Ramaswamy with 5%. according to Go to RealClearPolitics.

Voters who spoke with DCNF before the event said they were still undecided about who they would vote for in 2024. Many people expressed similar thoughts after the event, and Feenstra told his DCNF that this was unique. Part of Iowa's election process.

“This is what's great about Iowa. This situation will continue into probably the first 10 days of January because people want to talk during Christmas, get together around the holidays and talk with their families. A lot of times you'll hear, “Oh, this person said this.'' 'This' or 'That person said this,'” Feenstra explained. “That's my person. That's my candidate, and we've seen it for decades. That's how this is going to play out.”

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