DALLAS - Six Republican presidential candidates visited a North Texas church to talk about their faith and public policies.
More than 7,000 people attended the forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church Sunday night. Each of the candidates had 10 minutes to speak, followed by a one-on-one question and answer with the church’s pastor.
“In think we need more prayer in public life, not less,” said candidate Carly Fiorina. “Not because we want to exclude people, but because we want to give people the opportunity for contemplation.”
“In the 2012 election, 54 million evangelicals didn’t vote. It’s a majority of evangelical Christians. If believers are staying home, if we are allowing our leaders to be elected by non-believers, is it any wonder we get a federal government that’s assaulting life and marriage and religious liberties,” added U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is also running for president.
Noticeably absent was front-runner Donald Trump. He was invited, but never accepted. Democratic candidates Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were also invited to take part, but did not accept.
Since it was not a debate, the candidates did not interact on stage.