National Organization For Marriage Co-Sponsors Forum With GOP Presidential Candidates


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2011
Contact: Mary Beth Hutchins (703-683-5004 x.105)

Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines Provides Platform for Discussion of Family Issues

DES MOINES, IOWA – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is co-sponsoring the Thanksgiving Family Forum for Republican Presidential candidates this week. The event, hosted by The Family Leader on Saturday, November 19 at First Federated Church in Des Moines, will be an in-depth conversation with each of the candidates about their positions and policies as they relate to the family. Unlike many of the other candidate events, this won't be a debate, but a chance to get to know the candidates better in a warm, family-friendly environment.

Brian Brown, president of NOM, will be one of three panel members asking the candidates questions on topics including marriage and the family. The event, which will provide ample time for candidates to discuss these topics in-depth as opposed to traditional debate format, is a ticketed event that is open to the public.

"This forum will be unlike the debates these candidates have participated in this far," said Brown. "Voters will have an honest opportunity to hear the candidates discuss issues important to all voters – issues about the family. Instead of trick questions or debate rhetoric, we are looking forward to the candidates sitting down and talking about the issues at the core of our culture and society."

Frank Luntz will be the moderator and representatives from The Family Leader and Citizenlink will also participate in the panel. The forum will begin at 4:00pm CT and will take place at First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

Confirmed candidates that will be in attendance are: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney has been invited.

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To attain media credentials for the event or to schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins (x105), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.


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