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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --Six Republican presidential candidates
have used a weekend gathering of Iowa social conservatives to share
insights into their faith.
At an event sponsored by an Iowa Christian group, some of the
candidates were uncharacteristically personal about formative chapters in their lives.
Businessman Herman Cain credited his marriage and his faith to help him deal with being diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Former
Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tearfully confessed to have resisted loving his severely disabled daughter. Rep. Michele Bachmann said God used the pain and hardship created by her
parents' breakup to strengthen her.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said his faith helped fill the emptiness he experienced after leaving the military. And fellow Texan Rep. Ron Paul said his Lutheran training as a child and exposure to evangelist Billy Graham influenced his decision to commit to Christ.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney didn't attend.
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