"We will always have things we have to do to protect [America] from bad guys," he explained in the meeting. "We have things we can't share... secrets we have to protect in the national interest. Whatever we do, we will operate in America's best interest."
Conaway said his impression of the people in Mineral Wells was very positive. To close the meeting, he quoted Scripture from 2 Chronicles 7:14 and said it is imperative that America get back to a moral society. He referenced America's founding fathers saying they knew that only a moral people can self-govern.
Just before the meeting adjourned, one man spoke up. He expressed his confidence in Conaway both as a man and an elected official and encouraged him saying that he has earned the people's trust. A tear came to Conaway's eyes and he paused as he mustered the strength to simply say, "thank you."
"I think rural America is the safe-keeper of the American dream and the American value system," he said after the meeting. "These are folks that love their country deeply and care for it deeply. They see it going down a path they don't like, and I heard that loud and clear. They're an impressive group of folks that came out this morning to share their heart with me and I heard it."
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