At Huckabee-hosted anti-abortion movie screening in Des Moines, Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry and Santorum tout their social conservative credentials.
All candidates well received — Santorum most of all.
Gingrich claims “cultural struggle with a secular elite” – BUT faces hostile pamphlets from Iowans for Life group.
Family Leader chief Vander Plaats gives impassioned speech, calls sanctity of life “God’s standard.”
Bachmann, first candidate to speak, says “Pro-Lifers will never again be sent to stand against the wall.”
Promises crowd the repeal of Obamacare will mean the end of “tax-payer funded abortion.”
Gingrich follows, asserts fighting abortion “goes to the heart of what it means to be an American.”
Perry also vows to end funding for Planned Parenthood.
Perry: “I will work to end lifetime appointments to federal judges who legislate from the bench.”
Santorum, last to speak, takes the stage to huge round of applause.
Former senator says “marriage is being imposed systematically” by courts and says in his “presidency there will be no surrender.”
Retells oft-told story of 6-hour marathon debate with Barbara Boxer.
Rick Santorum used part of his speech to question rival Newt Gingrich’s commitment on the abortion issue.
“I have some problems with some of the folks, you know, running for office these days when they say, “I believe life begins at conception,” Santorum said.
Takes swipe at Gingrich’s statement to The Family Leader: “It’s like (saying), ‘I believe the sun rises.’ Why would you say you believe something that’s a fact?”