Saint Louis hosts GOP hopefuls

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Sunday, September 13 2015 Sep 13, 2015 Sunday, September 13, 2015 1:14:00 AM CDT September 13, 2015 in News
By: Ashley Holt and Jasmine Lee, KOMU 8 Reporters
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ST. LOUIS - Three presidential candidates addressed crowds on Saturday at the Eagle Forum. Senators Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul attended the event. It was the second day of the three-day long event. 

Sen. Ted Cruz gave the first speech of the day to a crowd of supporters, sharing with them the five things he plans to do on his first day if elected president. One of those things was opening an investigation on Planned Parenthood. An organization that he blamed President Obama for funding. 

"It's wrong for Barack Obama to threaten to shut down the government. What the Congress should do is pass funding for the federal government. Fund the federal government, but don't fund Planned Parenthood," Sen. Cruz said.

Sen. Rick Santorum shared his stance on immigration; saying he would do anything to protect the U.S. southern border. Even if that meant building a wall. A wall that he said should be built by American jobs, not Mexican workers.

However, Santorum told the crowd that it should be his consistency in past policies that should earn him their vote over the other GOP candidates.

"If you're not standing up to judicial supremacy. If you're not going to stand for the first amendment and religious liberty, and if you're not going to stand for the integrity of the American family, then why the heck are you running for president as a Republican," Sen. Santorum said.

Don Griffin lives in Ballwin and attended the event. He said he does not plan on voting for Santorum. After Santorum finished his speech, Griffin asked the senator about things he addressed in his speech. In particular, he addressed the senator's decision to support the US invasion in Iraq in 2003.

"I certainly am not going to vote for anybody who places the United Nations and NATO as superior to the people of this country. Yeah, it's wrong," Griffin said.

Sen. Rand Paul spoke to crowds during a dinner at the end of the evening. He focused on upholding traditional family values.

Sen. Paul emphasized the social and economic benefits of marriage. He also said the culture wars debate is not constructive and noted the difference between freedom from government and freedom from morality. 

"We want government to leave us alone, but some people misunderstand this quest for liberty for a quest for a society where everything goes," Paul said. 

It was also a special night for the Paul family as his mother, Carol Paul, received the "Homemaker of the Year" award. It was presented to her by Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist and the founder of the Eagle Forum. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated for clarity.]

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