Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE (R-Ky.) served up conservative red meat during a well-received speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s "Road to the Majority" conference on Friday.
And Paul warned, “America’s not experiencing growing pains, America’s in a full-blown spiritual crisis.”
Paul framed his libertarian ideology in spiritual terms, arguing that “freedom can only be realized when citizens know self-restraint or, put it another way, virtue.”
“What America needs is not just another politician or more promises; what America needs is a revival,” he added.
His address was preceded by an emotional anti-abortion video, which featured shots of ultrasounds interspersed with Paul speaking about his values.
The Kentucky senator has made no secret of his interest in the 2016 presidential race, but if he runs, he’ll likely be vying with a handful of other contenders for the social conservative vote.
Some of those likely opponents, including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), also spoke at the conference, giving similarly faith-focused speeches on Thursday.