Just one day removed from the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, Beck focused his attention on trying to unite the Republican base around defeating President Obama in the November presidential election.
“The next president is going to be as pivotal as Abraham Lincoln,” Beck said. “The next president will chart a new course. We will not recover from this president for another four years. We must win.”
The next wave of speakers included Congressman Bob Beauprez, former Sen. Hank Brown and Frances Owens, who gave ringing endorsements of likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“This year it is so important that we bring a leader to the presidency like Mitt Romney,” Owens said. “I can’t think of a better candidate.”
Beauprez echoed Owens’ sentiments.
“Mitt Romney would be a great president of the United States,” Beauprez said. “He knows the greatness of America and he is willing to celebrate that greatness.”
The night ended with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who took time out from his attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder for his part in the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal to sneak in a few shots at the president.
“A second Obama term is the single greatest threat in history to our freedom and our Second Amendment rights,” LaPierre said. “The Obama administration has endangered our freedom, our nation and our very lives.”
The Western Conservative Summit is a joint effort of the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University, headed by CCU President Bill Armstrong and Institute founder John Andrews.
The three-day summit features an all-star roster of conservatives, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, and political consultant and former Clinton advisor Dick Morris.
The Summit has grown in popularity over its three year existence, from a few hundred attendees in 2010 to an estimated 1400 at this year’s gathering.