Prominent members of the Trump administration headlined, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt of the EPA.
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Pruitt has been under close scrutiny for his spending and relationships with industry representatives.
Sessions avoided talking about current hot-button issues such as separating families at the border or marijuana legalization.
Jeff Hunt of the Centennial Institute, a Christian think tank, and Miguel De La Torre, an Iliff professor and Baptist minister, represent two very different Christian perspectives.
The theme of this year's summit is "Fortifying Freedom," appropriate for a time where many conservatives feel their freedoms are under attack.
The straw poll was the final event of the three-day gathering of thousands of conservatives in downtown Denver.
Summit organizer Jeff Hunt told Colorado Matters those who'll be attending the gathering are deeply concerned about the failure of Republican-backed health care reform.
Sweeting, a pastor and academic, comes to CCU after serving as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
This weekend's appearance by presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Western Conservative Summit represents an opportunity for "healing," according to summit organizer Jeff Hunt.
"Colorado’s going to be at the eye of the storm," during the general election, and Republicans candidates are trying to get face time in the state now.