Family Research Council President Tony Perkins urged Republican presidential hopefuls on Tuesday not to hold back their conservative passion. What values voters are looking for in a candidate is an affirmation of social conservative values.

“Conservatives win [elections] when they act like conservatives,” Perkins said to a group of journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He rejected the notion that candidates would lessen their chances of winning if they appealed to social conservatives.

The FRC head spent an hour addressing the values that evangelical Christians look for in a president. He cited a Barna poll from last April, declaring big government issues like healthcare, tax policies, and employment policies to be the top concern for all Americans when choosing a president. Evangelical voters, however, were more likely than their counterparts to list the social issues of poverty and abortion as something that has a “great influence” on their choice of candidate.

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