From USA TODAY:
DES MOINES — Stylistic differences in the developing 2012 Republican presidential campaign began to appear during a conference of conservatives here over the weekend that included five potential candidates.
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But Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain said in their speeches that Republicans must focus both on social values and economic issues during the 2012 campaign.
Meanwhile, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour focused solely on fiscal conservatism and the economy, never mentioning cultural issues dear to many in the Republican caucus base.
The fifth possible candidate, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, focused on foreign policy.
Barbour’s positions on social issues are in line with most conservatives. But in his speech, he cited only Obama’s domestic policies as points of disagreement.
Gingrich argued that public education curriculum in the United States ought to include teaching that the nation’s foundation is based in Christian faith.
“I don’t care what the ACLU says; they should teach it accurately, that we hold these truths to be self evident that we are endowed by our creator,” Gingrich said, stressing the word “creator.”