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Trump Courts Skeptical Christian Conservatives in Iowa

The Republican front-runner received only periodic applause at the Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner in Des Moines on Saturday night.
DES MOINES, IA-SEPTEMBER 19: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Family Banquet and Presidential Forum held at the Iowa State fairgrounds on September 19, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Eight of the Republican candidates including Trump are expected to attend the event.

DES MOINES, IA-SEPTEMBER 19: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Family Banquet and Presidential Forum held at the Iowa State fairgrounds on September 19, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Eight of the Republican candidates including Trump are expected to attend the event.

Photographer: Steve Pope/Getty Images

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is moving to try to establish deeper roots with social conservatives, a key segment of his party's electorate and one that's skeptical about him.

He granted an interview to a Christian broadcaster last week and flew to Iowa on a Saturday evening for the specific purpose of speaking to nearly 1,500 activists at the Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner. Later this month, the billionaire is set to meet with evangelical Christian leaders at his New York office, his campaign confirmed this weekend.