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FILE - In this March 7, 2011 file photo, Ralph Reed, president of the national Faith & Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa. The Faith and Freedom Coalition launches a conference Thursday, June 13, 2013, designed to strengthen the evangelical influence in national politics, while giving many religious conservative activists their first look at potential 2016 presidential candidates.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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FILE - In this March 7, 2011 file photo, Ralph Reed, president of the national Faith & Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa. The Faith and Freedom Coalition launches a conference Thursday, June 13, 2013, designed to strengthen the evangelical influence in national politics, while giving many religious conservative activists their first look at potential 2016 presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says there is a "war on Christianity" funded by American taxpayers.

Paul and other Republican lawmakers considering running for president addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference of religious conservatives on Thursday.

Paul says the war is being waged by -- quote -- "liberal elites at home and across the world."

Another possible 2016 presidential contender is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He says that it's a mistake for Republicans not to speak out about Christian values. He says human life has value, whether before or after childbirth.

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