Conservative activists gathered in Washington are arguing the country's economic woes stem from an "assault" on traditional values from congressional Democrats.

"Washington is assaulting America's values," former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday. "These values include the sanctity of life and the preservation of marriage."

He called President Obama the "one of the most divisive in history."

"The American people have finally see Obama liberalism for what it is," he said. "We have an administration whose idea of a rogue state is Arizona."

Many of the speakers and attendees have repeated the message that Democrats have wrecked the economy and steered the country away from its traditional cultural values.