Sanford Nixed from Values Voter Summit

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People for the American Way points out Mark Sanford has already been scratched from the list of confirmed and invited speakers at the 2009 Values Voter Summit. That was fast.

Obviously Sanford’s affair didn’t sit well with the Family Research Council, the conservative think tank that “champions marriage and family” and sponsors the summit. But, hey, even with Sanford gone you’ll still be able to get your fair share of values voter inspiration—in the form of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Pat Buchanan.

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