DES MOINES, Iowa -- Just as Senator Ted Cruz was being asked the very first question, protests broke out. Protesters held up signs that said "is deportation a family value?" and they chanted "deportation's anti-family".
The protests were met with a counter cheer by the audience of "U.S.A., U.S.A!" as the protesters were removed from the room. Several animal rights activists who interrupted the event were also removed.
The republican presidential candidates then addressed the issue of civility. "Well, Frank, I must say I`m impressed on the question of civility, that you arranged to have the protesters interrupt midway. That really illustrated the point beautifully. You know you`re right, there`s been a coarsening of our public discourse," said Senator Cruz.
"One of the things that has happened in our politics and maybe in American life in general is we sometimes attack the messenger if we disagree with the message. That`s why I went back on The View," said Carly Fiorina.
"The less capable you are of explaining your disagreement, the more likely you are to engage in infantile behavior. All you have to do is go on the internet and read an article, and then go to the comments section. You usually can`t get five comments down, before people are calling each other idiots and all kinds of names," said Doctor Ben Carson.
"Can you disagree and not be disagreeable? And I think the answer is sometimes. You know, we all believe passionately in what we believe in. I bet you there`s a few people here who believe passionately in the sanctity of life and when you see the Planned Parenthood videos, you`re outraged," said Senator Rand Paul.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee said the protesters don't bother him, because they serve as a reminder that we live in the greatest nation on earth, and we allow people to disagree with us. Huckabee said the protesters aren't going to be shot out on the sidewalk, and in a lot of other countries in the world they would be. The candidates did eventually get to other issues at the faith based forum. Senator Marco Rubio and former Senator Rick Santorum stressed the importance of marriage in society to raising children. Both candidates said the President of the United States, as the leader of this country, can play a role in talking about the importance of marriage and family as an institution.