Republican presidential candidates will be given an opportunity Saturday to sit down – “family style” – with Iowa evangelicals to discuss issues important to value voters. What is being touted as the “Thanksgiving Family Forum” is being hosted by The Family Leader, an Iowa policy organization, and co-sponsored by Focus on the Family-affiliate CitizenLink and the National Organization for Marriage.
“We now have the ability to reach about as many people over the Internet as we can through a televised broadcast,” CitizenLink Senior Director of Media Stuart Shepard told The Christian Post.
“People will be watching the event live on their computers, their iPads and their mobile phones,” he said. “Even five years ago, we couldn’t do this, but now so many people have a broadband Internet connection that we’re able to share it directly, on our own.”
So far, six of the presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance at the Des Moines event. The two holdouts – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China under President Obama, Jon Huntsman – have yet to respond.