FILE - In this May 25, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty waits to speak in Washington. A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage, a claim that a South Carolina debate and a well-publicized forum in New Hampshire couldn't make about their recent events. The Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day conference proved that the religious right still plays a major role in the nominating process, even if it's less organized than during the Christian Coalition's heyday and economic issues are dominating the early campaign. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)