Photos: Alaska Family Action candidate debate

Republican candidates for U. S. Senate Joe Miller, left, Dan Sullivan, center, and Mead Treadwell share a light moment as they participate in a debate on social issues midday Monday, August 4, 2014, at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River. The event was sponsored by Alaska Family Action, a non-profit Christian public policy organization.
Erik Hill
Tom Minnery of Colorado-based Focus on the Family, right, moderates a debate on social issues among Republican candidates for U. S. Senate as Michael Pauley of Alaska Family Action listens on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.
Erik Hill
Republican candidates for U. S. Senate Joe Miller, left, Dan Sullivan, center, and Mead Treadwell participate in a debate on social issues midday Monday, August 4, 2014, at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River. The event was sponsored by Alaska Family Action, a non-profit Christian public policy organization.
Erik Hill
Republican candidates for U. S. Senate Joe Miller, center, Dan Sullivan, left, and Mead Treadwell participate in a debate on social issues on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River. The event was sponsored by Alaska Family Action, a non-profit Christian public policy organization.
Erik Hill
Tom Minnery of Colorado-based Focus on the Family, far left, moderates a debate on social issues among Republican candidates for U. S. Senate Joe Miller, left on stage, Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell midday Monday, August 4, 2014, at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River. The event was sponsored by Alaska Family Action, a non-profit Christian public policy organization.
Erik Hill
Erik Hill

The three major candidates for U.S. Senate in this month’s Republican primary turned their attention to social issues Monday, at a debate in Eagle River hosted by the local conservative Christian group Alaska Family Action.

Senate hopefuls Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell, and Dan Sullivan each made their case to a crowd of nearly 200 people, arguing why their conservative views on gay marriage, abortion, and health care were most deserving of support in the Aug. 19 GOP primary -- even as Democrats simultaneously launched attacks arguing that those views would be out of touch with the voters in November’s general election.

Both sides see those views as a winning issue.

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