Source: USA Today
On March 11, 2004 USA Today reported, "President Bush told evangelical Christians what they wanted to hear Thursday, ticking off highlights of his 'compassionate conservative' agenda, from halting late-term abortions to banning gay marriage. Evangelical Christians represent a core constituency for the president. Self-described Christian conservatives preferred Bush over Al Gore 80% to 18%, according to exit polls in 2000. Bush opened his address via satellite to the National Association of Evangelicals Convention in Colorado by lavishing praise on the group: 'You're doing God's work with conviction and kindness,' Bush said. Bush placed special emphasis on his efforts to curtail abortion — a goal fervently pursued by conservative Christians."