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Republicans seek Iowa social conservatives' nod
2012 candidates focus on social issues at Iowa forum run by evangelical group; Romney absent
By The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ' Most of the Republican presidential candidates, with the notable exception of Mitt Romney, are setting their sights on Iowa for a discussion on the role of religious faith in public life, along with social issues such as marriage and abortion.

The setting is a Saturday night forum hosted by a new evangelical group trying to leave its mark on the campaign in a state where influential social conservatives have struggled to rally behind an alternative to Romney.

While the former Massachusetts governor has stayed near the top of national polls, some Republican activists have misgivings about his record on cultural issues.



Romney's six more socially conservative challenges are actively competing in Iowa to emerge as the preferred candidate among Christian conservatives with just six weeks to go until the caucuses.


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