The need to protect parental rights in the United States has awakened "mama bears" as the "most powerful political force in this country," Florida Gov. and 2024 GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis said while speaking Friday at the national summit of the Moms for Liberty group in Philadelphia.

"Events like they had in New York City where they're chanting, some drag queens, 'We are coming for your kids,' let me tell you something, you start messing with our kids, we've got problems," DeSantis told the audience, drawing cheers.

He added that he sees the issue not only through the lens of a governor or a presidential candidate but also through the eyes of a father of three children. 

"My wife and I really believe that parents in this country should be able to send their kids to school, should let them watch cartoons, or just be kids without having some agenda shoved down their throat," he said. 

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