Republican presidential aspirants continue to flock to Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. Reed today announced that former Utah governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will speak to the group’s Conference and Strategy Briefing on June 3rd. Other GOP presidential contenders addressing the gathering include Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain, along with Donald Trump, House GOP leaders John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, and numerous Republican congressmen.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition seems to be the restoration of Reed’s Christian Coalition, and he has focused on building a presence in key primary and general election states like Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.
Despite Reed’s duplicitous and corrupt background, Republicans persistently seek his support. The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody today profiled the group’s plans for the 2012 election and collaborations with the Tea Party movement:
“We anticipate we’re going to knock on over 2 million doors,” Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told CBN News.
“We’re going to register between 1 million and 2 million new voters so we’re going to add 1 to 2 million new voters,” he predicted. “And then we’ll end up contacting somewhere between 25 and 40 million voters.”
The Faith & Freedom Coalition doesn’t just focus on social issues. Leaders know that fiscal concerns are huge and will be a major priority but they don’t plant to co-opt the Tea Party movement.
“We’re saying to them you need to continue to be who you are as Tea Party leaders,” conservative strategist Gary Marx told CBN News. “At the same time, there are areas where we can work together and be allied — like the example of cutting abortion funding for groups like Planned Parenthood,” he said.