Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) talked tough against the Internal Revenue Service Saturday, telling conservative Family Leadership Summit attendees to "just go ahead and defy the IRS."
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), gets ready to speak during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. Republican presidential hopefuls are looking to impress conservative voters at the conference organized by an influential Christian group. The daylong event will be one of many candidate cattle calls in the grueling run-up to the 2016 presidential election. None of the potential contenders appearing Saturday has declared candidacy. (Credit: AP)
In a stirring address, King told the audience that "when we lean across our backyard fence, or when you step up to the pulpit or when you sit in the pew, when you profess the things that we believe in, and you're a 501(c)3 and you're afraid of the IRS, just go ahead and defy the IRS on that.
"I'll stand there with you. If we can’t preach the word in America, where can we preach it?"
The audience broke out in heavy applause and shouts throughout much of his speech.
The Family Leadership Summit is organized by the nonprofit religious organization the Family Leader, the Huffington Post reports. Other speakers at the event included former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and real estate mogul Donald Trump, the Post adds.
Here's a clip of King addressing the audience, via the Des Moines Register: