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Bridget Johnson


March 16, 2013 - 7:05 am

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) stirred up a Saturday morning crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference by asserting that Republicans work against President Reagan’s image of a shining city on a hill if they don’t press social issues.

“We will not get the pillars of American exceptionalism back together unless we have the full spectrum,” King said.

In the House, the congressman noted, he’s happy to stand there with people who espouse fiscal conservatism, but invites them to come stand with him on “the full spectrum of constitutional conservativism… life, marriage, rule of law.”

In his 2012 re-election contest, warding off a challenge from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s wife Christie, King stressed “I stood on life and I stood on marriage … I’m still standing.”

King came into the conference with a bit of conservative folk-hero status after finding himself a target of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project in regards to the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin (D).

He cautioned against comprehensive immigration reform and estimated that the actual number of illegal immigrants in the country is closer to 20 million instead of the oft-floated number of 11 million or 12 million.

“And two out of every three are Democrats and they know it,” King said. “…I’m not buying it. I remember 1986.”

If we’re going to build Reagan’s shining city on a hill, he said, “it’s at a higher elevation.”

Conservatives need to go bat on “all pillars,” the congressman added, “not just the politically expedient ones.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Fail Burton to CPAC: when are you cowards going to filibuster oath and law breakers, sanctuary policies and racial caucuses in your own house that say it is immoral for you to have one? Stop occupying some middle zone of gray sludge. Either insist on consistency with the Bill of Rights or start doing what your opponents are doing.
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