LYNCHBURG, Va. – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday condemned the Obama administration’s use of “coercive federal power” to limit religious freedom as he courted Christian conservatives at a Liberty University commencement ahead of a likely presidential run.
Bush, a Catholic convert, is preparing to enter a Republican primary contest that includes competitors considered far more popular with the party’s religious right. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz formally announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University last month. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all made their Christian faith a centerpiece of prospective campaigns.
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Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, is considered among the top tier of candidates in the crowded Republican presidential field. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the strong favourite to win the…
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