Jeb Bush and (Yes) Chris Christie held their own….
That according to Poiltiico….
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio where among the losers (Why am I NOT surprised at this)…..
Ted Cruz dominated, Rick Santorum flopped and Bobby Jindal found his niche.
At the latest GOP cattle call, about a dozen presidential contenders rolled through a Washington, D.C. ballroom over a three-day period to tout their socially conservative bona fides at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference. Most of the 2016 hopefuls managed to impress evangelical and other conservative Christian voters by championing religious freedom, highlighting support for traditional marriage and stressing the importance of family and family values.
Some of the speakers — including Jeb Bush and Chris Christie — had solid performances, earning applause but not generating much buzz from conference attendees. Others, like John Kasich, barely animated the crowd at all. Then there were the handful of speakers who stood out, either for exceptionally sharp performances — or for surprisingly weak ones.
Here is POLITICO’s look at the winners and losers from the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, based on speech content, audience reception and attendee buzz:
Cruz flat-out owned this event, firing up the crowd like no other candidate did — attendees were still talking about him two days after he spoke. The Texas senator delivered a rousing call to action aimed at the evangelical community, saying that 50 million of them sat home in 2012 but could make the difference in 2016. “If people of faith show up, if we stand for our faith and our liberty and the Constitution, we will win and turn the country around,” he said. To a rapt crowd, Cruz did his best Reagan impression when he promised “Morning is coming. Morning is coming.” And he tore into what he framed as the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty — a prominent theme at the conference. When Cruz finished, the crowd mobbed him….
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