D.C. hotel ballroom evacuated after bomb scare at conservative conference

The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington D.C. was interrupted by a potential bomb threat earlier¬†Friday¬†when hotel management was alerted to the presence of a “suspicious package” in the main ballroom where Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) was about to speak. The area was evacuated peacefully as D.C. Metropolitan police officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 1:30 pm EST.

Ultimately no threats were found after law enforcement ‘swept’ the conference room for explosive devices. Originally, D.C. police indicated that the threat was credible.

Almost all of the 2016 Republican presidential contenders were scheduled to speak at some point over the three day conference, which aims to promote the conservative values of faith, family, limited government, and U.S. support of Israel.

Yesterday at the conference, Ted Cruz won the day with a rousing speech about religious liberty, outshining both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, both of whom chose to spoke about a plethora of issues instead of focusing just on religious faith.

Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were among those who spoke to the largely evangelical audience today, while Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker are all slated to speak tomorrow.

Faith & Freedom Coalition is based in Atlanta, and boasts almost 1 million member nationwide.

 

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