Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Friday delivered a political homily at a prayer breakfast convened by Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition in association with the nearby Conservative Political Action Conference, urging conservatives to practice the biblical virtues of humility and faith if they hope to win at the ballot box.
McDonnell, a Republican who was snubbed by the CPAC meeting next door at National Harbor, told about 200 attendees that the way to recapture Americans’ votes is to set a good example. Above all, he said, they should follow Jesus’s teaching that the greatest leaders are those who seek to serve, rather than to be served by others.
“It’s been said you have to have a servant’s heart if you want to do anything right in the field of politics,” McDonnell told the group. “We want to be able to attract people to the conservative cause. People don’t know how much you know until they find out how much you care.”