At a news conference yesterday, [Ralph Reed] said the Christian Coalition, which once focused almost exclusively on white churchgoers, will now begin a drive to build support among blacks and Hispanics, whose views on social issues from school prayer to school vouchers, Reed said, are as conservative as those of whites.
Reed, the son of a Navy doctor, was raised in a devout Methodist family and became, in turn, the president of his junior and senior high school classes in the north Georgia town of Toccoa, the head of the University of Georgia College Republicans and then president of the Georgia college Republicans.
Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed, left, and Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) discuss future of mainstream GOP politics after 1992 presidential defeat. Four potential 1996 hopefuls will speak to Reed's group here this weekend.
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