ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota Republicans active in the 2012 race for president are appearing before a conference staged by advocates of conservative values.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann both were scheduled to speak Friday at the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington.

Pawlenty has announced his campaign for president. Bachmann has moved in that direction but said she’ll wait until later this month to declare her intentions. She says her formal announcement would come in Iowa.

The group staging the Washington event is headed by Ralph Reed, an influential figure in social conservative circles and a veteran of presidential campaigns.

Several other 2012 hopefuls are also due to address the conference.

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Comments (32)
  1. Sick of GOP says:

    Conservative values.

    Haven’t heard that oxymoron before

  2. jeff says:

    my values and standards are better than yours so i am going to force them down your throat. even though they are only backed up by the bible. god sent me here to continuously cast my pearls to you swine whether you want them or not.

    1. Johnson says:

      So said the child molesting priest…

  3. Citizen says:

    Let’s look at some “conservative values.” There is one conservative Christian denomination that demands that its women members do not cut their hair, and never wear pants–skirts and dresses only. Wow! Back to the 18th century. Is that what these bozos value? A return to slavery, white male landowner voters, witch trials, public stonings, tricks from the Spanish Inquisition and Crusades? A woman wearing the scarlet letter A? The list goes on and on. Which values are these conservatives going to pick from their religion? Oh, excuse me, only the ones THEY think should be applied. As a U.S. citizen I am guaranteed freedom FROM religion. These zealots need to stay out of my private life–PERIOD.

  4. Brett says:

    Some conservative values are good and shared by many people, some are also out of whack in my opinion (e.g. the women not cutting their hair situation). These previous comments seem to jump to conclusions that liberal morals are far superior and without faults. I think values come down to individual people rather than political parties.

    What do you think?

    1. Citizen says:

      Brett, I think your religious values are none of my business, and my LACK OF RELIGIOUS values is none of yours!!!! FREEDOM FROM RELIGION and the values espoused thereof. The whole GOP agenda in this past legislative session was nothing but social engineering based on “conservative values” whatever they are. I’m waiting for a right-wing conservative to actually post what those values are.

      1. Brett says:

        I am not talking about religious values. I am trying to discuss moral values, these moral values ultimately come down to individual people.

        What moral values are important to you?

        1. Ouch says:

          I guess Citizen doenst have any moral values based on his non response

          1. Tom says:

            @Brett and Ouch

            I have morals! Just not ery high ones LOL

          2. Citizen says:

            Brett & Ouch. Most morals stem from religious values of one sort or another. I am a pagan. You can figure things out from that…..

    2. Carl says:

      Your point is fair. But I think the attempted imposition of a religious state by Christian conservatives is far more “out of whack” than any issue regarding women’s haircuts. I’d hate to see the US become a Christian version of Iran.

  5. Randy. says:

    I’m so sick of these people.

    1. Tom says:


      So is about 75% of the country. I like how they are slipping the word “Freedom” in the their slogan only it is not true. What they are really saying is that we believe in personal “Freedoms” just as long as those people follow OUR definition of it.

  6. Wow says:


    I know he is a democrat but it is too funny not to bring up.

  7. v says:

    When are we going to stop electing people who want to legislate everyone’s lifestyle? Unbelievable. Every time I see pictures of the above… a little bile forms in the back of my throat.

  8. Roger says:

    The only “values” that these dopes have are hatred, fear, vindictiveness, stupidity, etc.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Roger

      Very True!

  9. Mr. M says:

    What a joke. It’s all about “selling it” and a “popularity contest” all of which they horribly lack with true honest substance. They pander to special interest groups. Sad.

  10. James2 says:

    Edicts, Directives, and Constitutional Amendments, legislating our lives and mapping it out in law while calling it less government is a joke. The less liberty I have, the more government I have to put up with. They are truely the Party of NO! Who keeps telling them to continue on with this bull hockey?

  11. Just Curious says:

    Can anyone tell me what good those two have done for the state of MN? Just curious.

    1. Brett says:

      I’ve attached this website, I haven’t read it completely but maybe it has some helpful information.

  12. Citizen says:

    From what I read elsewhere in the media, the current “crop” of GOP candidates is a throwaway one. The GOP is reading the “tea leaves” (pun intended) and realizing that Obama is practically unbeatable for 2012. Thus, no really serious GOP candidate is going to be thrown to the electorate–sacrificed. In 2012 when Obama is a lame duck, the GOP will trot out the likes of Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and others who are being vetted and prepped even now. We should probably just sit back and enjoy the circus, because 2016 will be deadly serious in politics and determine this country’s future direction.

    1. Claire says:

      2 questions:

      What chance did Obama have in June of 2007?

      How many campaign promises has Obama failed on? GITMA, Patriot Act, Bush tax cuts, end of the war in Iraq, jobs, jobs, jobs, ect

      1. uradope says:

        Everything you mention is the fault of the gop.

        1. Citizen says:

          Actually, uradope, the elected officials are the fault of myopic, uneducated, unenlightened, sheeple like you and Claire. LMAO

      2. Mr. M says:

        I know right? But oh wait… he actually focused and helped to find and kill the terrorist leader Bin Laden instead of starting a false war with a country that had no weapons of mass destruction and costing the US billions plus all the American lives lost. Obama has been trying to clean up the MESS of the Bush/Repubs. My bet and vote stays with Obama.

      3. Citizen says:

        Amazingly enough, Claire, after Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention long before 2007, I heard his name bandied about a lot. You’re too busy listening to Rush and his cronies to hear other news. And, in case you haven’t heard, Obama is drawing down the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or did you just expect us to pull out all 100,000+ in one day and bid a hearty hale and farewell to the indigenous people? Oh, and did you heart that Obama got Osama bin Laden after Bush decided he was no longer important…. Your head is in a dark place, dearest sweet Claire.

  13. Think-about-it says:

    One can easily see that conservatives only choose to focus on “values” that make themselves look good and that help promulgate their white superiority. They claim that they are religiously based and are thus divine creed. They use religion as a political weapon and by doing so make a mockery of true religious values. More specifically, the overall message in the Bible (most used religious literature by conservative GOP) is not about abortion or marriage – it is about loving God and people. In short, getting out of you’re comfortable lifestyle that you believe you deserve and get to know and help people in need. Although you might say that you aren’t “rich” you probably are in comparison to most people. One could argue that if religion were brought into politics, the Democratic system would be closer to the “values” described in the Bible. Caring for people in need and protecting those without a voice (immigrants…etc). The GOP is pompous and their “values” are misplaced.

  14. Carl says:

    How can a group of people that believe the world was created roughly 6,000 years ago, that Noah collected two of every animal in the world and crammed them into a ship of his own making or that Jonah camped out in the belly of a fish/whale for three days be expected to make good decisions? They live in a fantasy world.

    I prefer public policy grounded in facts not fairy tales.

  15. Murph says:

    Yeah,they value the money you will have to pay rather than the 2% of Americans who actually profit from that! Look at Wisconsins property taxes and SEE your Mn futures.IT’s a cook book! You are on the menu!Watch your property taxes soar while your property value plummets.Wisconsin is doing just that,RIGHT NOW.The notices just started coming out.You can bet the Koch brothers are not on that list!

  16. Carl says:

    And these people want to establish new science and history standards for public schools…

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