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Perry had a big crowd-pleaser: his proposal for a part-time Congress. He also joked at his own expense when Paul spoke of eliminating the Department of Education. "And the Department of Energy," Perry said, offering a grin and a thumbs-up to crowd laughter, recalling the agency he forgot in a recent debate.

Responding to states that do not work with faith-based agencies on adoption or foster care (see "Religious freedom?" Nov. 1) because those agencies do not place children with civil union couples, Gingrich said the movement has "gone from a quest for toleration to an imposition of intolerance." He added that he would cut off federal funds to states that discriminate against faith-based organizations. "The degree to which the left is prepared to impose intolerance and to drive out of existence traditional religion is a mortal threat to our civilization, and deserves to be taken head-on and described as what it is, which is the use of government to repress the American people against their own values."

Candidates peppered their remarks throughout the evening with references to Scripture, the nation's founders, the Declaration of Independence, American exceptionalism, and the meaning of liberty with responsibility. Gingrich also got in a dig at the Occupy movement in major cities: "Go get a job right after you take a bath."

Listen to Joel Hannahs discuss The Family Leader's Thanksgiving forum on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

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