Some summit speakers were there because of their close association with social issues like opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, child adoption by same-sex couples and banning prayer and religious symbols in public places. This category included former Reagan and Bush administration official and cultural warrior William J. Bennett, former Family Research Council President Bauer, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (one of the few evangelical Protestants to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.), Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Webcast host Glenn Beck and Arkansas Gov. Jan. Brewer.
Speakers not primarily associated with religion or the religious right included Reagan-era hero and Fox TV News correspondent Oliver North, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Kentucky’s Mr. Paul.
“I never heard Rand Paul give a presentation and I was impressed with how humble he was — so honest in saying he struggled with things in life, not arrogant or assuming, very appealing,” Mrs. Bengard said.
Mrs. Bengard said when it came to Mr. Ryan, she was struck by his humility in recalling how as a young aide he carried in one hand coffee for Mr. Bennett and in the other hand one of Mr. Bennett’s books.
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Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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