Bachmann addresses Conservative Values at Values Voter Summit

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October 7, 2011

Bachmann: "We don't have to settle for a moderate for the sake of winning. We can stay true to our values."

Washington, D.C. - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spoke from the heart to a standing-room only crowd at the Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. Bachmann addressed the vital issues of limited government, reduced spending, traditional values, and strong national defense. She also acknowledged our Founding Fathers for shaping the liberties we enjoy today.

The following are excerpts from the speech:

"(President) Adams recognized that at critical times in history, a generation is required to set aside its preferred pursuits and embrace the sacrifices needed to secure the blessings of liberty for the next generation. We saw it happen with Adams' own generation, the founders who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the formation of a new kind of government, founded on the consent of the governed, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights.

"We saw it in the last century with the greatest generation, fighting on two fronts for the future not only of America, but of the world. And I believe that now, as in the time of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, America is faced with extraordinary challenges that will require ordinary men and women to unite in a determination to do extraordinary things.

"We all know the challenges we face. Unemployment is as high as it has been in decades. Deficit spending under President Obama has spiraled out of control. Gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office. Traditional values are under attack in our schools, our government agencies, and our courts. China's growth and influence is spreading unchecked, and it is increasingly apparent that Russia's commitment to power far exceeds its commitment to democracy and human rights.

"But the challenges we face are not the entire story. The American people are fighting back. We fought back with a grassroots movement that has renewed the promise of our Constitutional heritage. That movement was called the Tea Party! We fought back against out of control spending with renewed pressure on government at every level to live within its means. We fought back with a popular movement that is saying "No" to President Obama's plan to hand control of our healthcare to federal bureaucrats.

"We conservatives can have it all this year because Barack Obama will be a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT! We don't have to settle for a moderate for the sake of winning. We can stay true to our values, take back our country and win the White House in 2012! And WE WILL!

"The most important stand I made in my life was not to settle for religious practice, but rather to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and stand with Him. From the time I can remember my parents prayed with me and my brothers – they made me a woman of prayer and like you, I consult God through prayer on almost every decision.

"My personal life experience has taught me how precious life is. That is why yesterday in the House of Representatives I introduced the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act requiring that a mother see or hear her baby's heartbeat before an abortion can be performed. Because when a mother can actually see or hear her baby's heartbeat the chances of her opting to choose life are greatly increased. That is why I signed with Susan B. Anthony pro-life pledge without reservation. And that is why as President I will fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restore the protections for life that this President has erased.

"Choosing not to settle is hard -- it means making hard choices. It required the very lives of many of our nation's founders. I don't have to remind you about the fate of many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence."

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