Entries in Faith & Freedom Coalition (2)


Romney Calls Current Economy a 'Moral Tragedy of Epic Proportion'

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his speech Friday evening at the Faith & Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will declare that the current economy under the Obama administration is a “Moral tragedy -- a moral tragedy of epic proportion.”

In excerpts of his prepared remarks -- scheduled to be delivered just after 9 p.m. Friday night and obtained by ABC News -- Romney will for the first time speak about morality in relation to President Obama’s handling of the economy.

“President Obama said that unemployment wouldn’t go beyond 8 percent. Today it is over 9 percent. We are going backwards, and that is the wrong direction for America.  President Obama has failed,” Romney says in his remarks. “The debt we are amassing as a nation and passing on to our children is immoral.”

Having just made his candidacy for the White House official Thursday, Romney has wasted no time going after President Obama. Friday, at his first town hall of his campaign in Manchester, N.H., a spectator remarked that she was happy he wasn’t going after former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, to which Romney responded, “We’re going after Obama."

And in a press release Friday afternoon from the Romney campaign, the former governor distributed President Obama’s remarks from his visit in Toledo, Ohio, where the president said, “There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery.”

Alongside Obama’s remarks Romney included recent press coverage of the struggling economy, as well as detailed numbers from the jobs report.

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Newt Opts Out of Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite the attendance of a large portion of the 2012 Republican field, Newt Gingrich will not attend the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., this weekend due to scheduling conflicts.

"He and Mrs. Gingrich had planned time off early in the campaign, and it coincided with the event," Rick Tyler, spokesman for Mr. Gingrich, told ABC News.

Instead, Newt recorded a video, which will be shown to the social conservatives attending the conference.

"It's an important event. It brings together an important constituency, many of whom we've talked to before," Tyler said. "They've been gracious enough to allow us to send a video."

Newt spoke to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition in March and attended last year's national conference.

While Newt skips this year's event, all of the other official candidates and a number of potential contenders eying a 2012 run will speak at the conference.  The speakers list includes Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.

Newt's next event will be a screening of his documentary, Nine Days That Changed the World, on June 8 in New Hampshire.

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