The former Florida governor opened the conference Friday night calling for civil discourse and an optimistic tone toward typically non-Republican voters.
Walker attended the forum, put on by an evangelical conservative group, in Iowa, where he has seen his lead among likely Republican caucus goers disappear in the past two months.
Speaking to more than 1,000 conservative Republicans at an event sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Trump says that he is not obligated to defend the president and read a series of tweets he has written to defend his position. “I think we can be boldly for what we’re for and get new voters”, Paul said.
The Texas senator says the GOP leaders are not doing enough to defund Planned Parenthood and accuses them of “trying to pound all of us into submission”.
Cruz and Kasich spoke at the lunch. “When we do better, people who live in the shadows can not be ignored”, he told Michigan Republicans.
Banners with the names of several GOP presidential candidates dot balconies and fences on Mackinac Island tonight.
“It’s very exciting. You can feel the excitement as more people are here”.
Before dashing to attend the South Carolina-Georgia college football game in Athens, Georgia, Bush on Friday evening had a message similar to Kasich’s.
Some major GOP candidates in the race for the White House are on Mackinac Island over the weekend for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
“The governor flew into Chicago early this morning but due to weather, his flight to (Michigan) was delayed and couldn’t get him there before the breakfast”, said Walker campaign spokeswoman Stacy Day.
Cruz held a rally at the Mackinac Island Public School.
Cruz claimed success at the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Wednesday, by setting himself apart from the likes of Bush and Kasich, viewed by some Republicans as moderates.
“This isn’t a typical time in politics”, Cruz said.
The billionaire businessman had been silent on the Thursday night exchange other than a statement from his campaign that raised concerns about the treatment of Christians in the U.S.