Today I attended the 2008 Faith, Family & Freedom Kickoff Event put on by the Georgia Christian Alliance (Sadie Fields group). There was a pretty good lineup of speakers that included Sen. Isakson, Rep. Tom Price, Sec. State Karen Handel, Commissioner John Oxendine, Phil Kent, Grover Norquist and David Horowitz. I’ve posted audio from Horowitz’s speech on my blog as it doesn’t pertain to Georgia politics but it was indeed interesting.
After lunch, representatives of the four remaining GOP Presidential candidates spoke. Former Senator Phil Gramm spoke for John McCain. Gramm is a powerful advocate for McCain and of course he spoke well. He didn’t shy away from talking about several of the issues which cause some Republicans angst such as the McCain-Kennedy immigration plan. On such issues Gramm cast McCain as a guy who tries to get things done.
Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice spoke on behalf of Mitt Romney. Sekulow talked about the importance of the Supreme Court and the Romney is a guy who will appoint solid conservative Justices. He criticized McCain on a host of issues and praised Romney’s business skills.
Dr. Rand Paul spoke quite eloquently on behalf of his father Ron. While I disagree with Paul on several political issues I am impressed with Paul’s service as a Doctor, and he’s run a remarkable campaign.
Congressman John Linder spoke on behalf of Mike Huckabee. Linder delivered an impressive speech which I’ve recorded for your listening pleasure here.
Clearly Romney and Huckabee were the favorites of the crowd today but McCain showed stronger than I would have guessed. Based on lapel stickers, my rough guess would be that Huckabee held a slight lead over Romney. Those supporting McCain, while certainly a minority, were noticeable.