A few are trying. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., invokes Catholic themes when talking about the need to promote economic mobility. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has made a persistent religious case for immigration reform. "Our faith has always been about compassion and it compels you to do something," he has argued. And he isn't just a voice in the wilderness. According to a recent survey, 56 percent of white evangelicals support a path to earned citizenship.
These instances, however, remain rare. Few GOP prospects are fighting to occupy this ground. But it is the creative response to the Republican reform dilemma to make religious conviction a source of outreach. And it might accomplish something Cameron has not: making the party's base a participant in the party's modernization.
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