Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference: Most Bizarre Statements

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president: 'Just reach out and touch that brown hand.'

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, June 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, June 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Speakers at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual "Road To Majority" conference Friday sought to spur social conservatives to get involved in upcoming elections – and made some bizarre comments in the process.

Here are some of the strangest:

  • "We gotta put some salsa sauce on the Republican party." – Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling for more Latino outreach by the Republican party. He also encouraged delegates to "just reach out and grab that brown hand."
    • "Immigrants are more fertile." – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, making the case for immigration reform
      • "College campuses are indoctrination camps for the abortion industry." – Kate Obenshein, vice president of Young America's Foundation, in a panel on advancing the pro-life movement. She also called Planned Parenthood "barbarians."
        • "We are at a tipping point the likes of which we have never seen in civilization." – Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., on government spending.
          • "[Allen West] is a real American ... We should really take something from his gene pool and put it everywhere across this great country." – actor and conservative speaker John Ratzenberger, best known as "Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers," introducing West to the convention crowd.
            • "We lost because Obama won crushing, lopsided majorities among Americans who are single, poor, irreligious ... There are people who are all three." – Michael Medved, conservative radio talk show host, on why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election.
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