Sharing an audience for the first time in Iowa, five prospective Republican candidates for president spoke of godliness and chorused their opposition to legal abortion and all things Obama in an audition Monday night before a capacity crowd of social conservatives.

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, a surprise entry who formed an exploratory committee just last week, could have spoken for all the White House hopefuls in attendance when he opened his remarks by declaring, “I’m a pro-life, traditional values man.”

The forum was hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, an organizational successor to the Christian Coalition, and drew about 1,000 of Iowa’s most dedicated political activists to a star-spangled auditorium at Point of Grace Church outside Des Moines.

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