- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eight Republican presidential candidates, including front-runner Donald Trump, as well as Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will address thousands of grassroots activists at the Family Research Council’s 10th annual Values Voter Summit this weekend in Washington.

Other candidates who have confirmed their participation in the event include Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

“Those candidates coming to the Summit are showing that they value social conservative voters and want to have a conversation with them. We will encourage attendees to take the candidates’ presence into account as they cast their vote in the straw poll,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement.

The Values Voter Summit will be held Friday through Sunday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. Featured speakers include Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Ms. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who cited religious liberty in refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, will receive the “Cost of Discipleship” award Friday night.

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