Paul: America in 'full-blown spiritual crisis'

Sen. Rand Paul (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.

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He called for an end to aid to “any country that persecutes Christians,” allowing “the acknowledgment of a supreme being in the classroom” and an end to the “war being waged ... against the unborn,” drawing cheers from the crowd each time.

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.