GOP 2012 hopefuls to rally tea partiers, evangelicals in Washington

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Eight Republican presidential hopefuls are heading to Washington on Friday to drum up support among some of the party's most socially conservative voters.

Candidates signed up to speak at the two-day Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference and Strategy Briefing include: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Ron Paul.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Christian grassroots organization, aims to mobilize evangelical and Tea Party voters in the 2012 campaign. The coalition had a big impact on the 2010 midterm elections.

“You don’t want to miss this event,” writes the organization's founder, Ralph Reed, in a note to supporters. “I promise you it will change your life and the life of our nation.”

Also on the list of speakers are House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; and 2012 presidential dropout Donald Trump.

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