Faith & Freedom Coalition Mobilizes Christian Base

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Although still fairly young, the 2-year-old Faith & Freedom Coalition is making an impact in this year's race for the White House. 

A main goal of the coalition as stated on their website is to "mobilize and train people of faith to be effective citizens."

In other words, they want to get Christians to the polls.

Built by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, the group made its mark during the 2010 midterm elections.

After 15 million phone calls were made and 16 million voter guides distributed, the evangelical turnout became the largest ever for a midterm. The goals are higher for 2012.

Click play to watch David Brody's report, followed by analysis from conservative columnist and political observer Quin Hillyer.
"We anticipate we're going to knock on over 2 million doors," Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told CBN News.

"We're going to register between 1 million and 2 million new voters so we're going to add 1 to 2 million new voters," he predicted. "And then we'll end up contacting somewhere between 25 and 40 million voters."

The group will be on the national stage on Friday, June 3, when it holds its Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C.
"We're going to have a phenomenal lineup across the board," Reed said.

Some of the big names on the marquee include former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann, business mogul Donald Trump, and Speaker of the House John Boehner. 

The Faith & Freedom Coalition doesn't just focus on social issues. Leaders know that fiscal concerns are huge and will be a major priority but they don't plant to co-opt the Tea Party movement.
"We're saying to them you need to continue to be who you are as Tea Party leaders," conservative strategist Gary Marx told CBN News.

"At the same time, there are areas where we can work together and be allied -- like the example of cutting abortion funding for groups like Planned Parenthood," he said.
More than half of Tea Party members are evangelicals, a combination that worked very well in 2010.
"It has helped produce a landslide of victories across the nation in the congressional races, and so far what we've seen is it's not losing steam. It's growing," Faith and Freedom Coalition National Field Director Billy Kirkland told CBN News.
Should the momentum build, it could yield an even more powerful result in November 2012.

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