We reported that Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential hopeful, declined invitation to the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference, a conference organized by Evangelicals to try out GOP presidential hopefuls in the conservative Christian Right search for a Republican presidential candidate they believe will meet God's approval. According to his spokesman, Rick Tyler, Newt Gingrich was absent from the conference because he was away on a vacation.
Gingrich sent a video instead, in which he repeated mechanically the slogans expected of a candidate wishing to humor Evangelical voters, "I hope you have a great conference, and I want you to know that I stand with you on returning America to the core values that have made us the most remarkable nation…You and I know that America is clearly on the wrong track and that is true as much in terms of of moral and social policies as it is economic policies and national security policies."
The applause by the audience was lukewarm.
Commentators say that Newt Gingrich's vacation absence was convenient given his poor rating with Evangelical audience over issues of his past marital infidelity.