Perry, Huckabee and Carson address Values Voter Summit
The Values Voter Summit reconvened this afternoon to hear from Republican leaders including three possible presidential candidates Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Dr. Ben Carson.
"Be a part of a movement all across this country, across this nation to renew America," Perry said. "America can become great again, but first America must be good again."
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Huckabee then took the stage.
He discussed the resignation of Speaker Boehner.
Huckabee referred to Hillary Clinton's denial of the Keystone pipeline this week as a "gut punch."
He then highlighted a few of his key issues including economics and abortion.
Huckabee spoke of his desire to decrease gas prices by presenting a scenario of a single mother with two children'the lowering in gas would be like a pay raise for her.
He said the power should be given back to the people, where the founders intended it to be.
"It's time we get this legislation back on track,"he said.
Huckabee told his own personal story of the American Dream, being the first in his family to go to college as well as discussed the weight of college debt. "Most Americans in this country have been punched in the gut," he said on the economic weight that many are facing.
"People say, 'we want an outsider,'" he said. "Well, you can have one; simply proposing a piece of legislation is not leadership. Leadership means you get the job done; we must begin to get the job done."
Huckabee also said he supports defunding Planned Parenthood.
"Is the unborn child a person? Or is it just a block of tissue? It is a person," he said.
Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson spoke of his past and childhood.
"There is such a thing as the American way ... we should be proud of it," he said.
Carson told the audience that Americans should be proud of who they are.
"Anybody is welcome to come to America as far as I'm concerned ... But they don't get to change who we are," he said.
He spoke of his approach to help other countries, so the residents won't need to leave.
Carson said the U.S. border needs to be sealed.
"We need an administration who will back our people up," he said.
As for his recent statement about a Muslim in the White House, Carson said people need to read the article in full and examine the context.
Carson also addressed his concern about the weakness of the military.
"We are in possession of the most powerful and dynamic economic engine the world has ever known. [However], it cannot function because we have enshrined it with so many regulations," he said. "Nothing can work effectively anymore. And that dampens the enthusiasm for people to take risk and to invest capital."
Carson quoted Thomas Jefferson's belief that Americans will soon become less vigilant and lose care.
"I say now is the time to wake up and take control," he said.