First Media Take of the Iowa Thanksgiving Family Forum Co-Hosted by NOM


More from us soon, but in the meantime, here's what influential media sources are saying:

The Hill: This event, sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Leader, was focused on social issues and was directed at a conservative audience that has been seeking a candidate other than Romney to take to Republican presidential nomination. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has been consistently at or near the top of the primary polls, spent the day in New Hampshire.

Politico: [Herman Cain] welled up twice, comforted by Rick Perry, sitting next to him at the table on a church stage set with Thanksgiving adornments for a discussion focused on faith, and in which opposition to abortion and gay marriage were discussed as critical issues. The event, sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Leader — a group led by a longtime activist who played a key role in organizing for caucuses winner Mike Huckabee four years ago — marked an accelerated pitch to a pivotal caucus voting bloc. In addition to Gingrich, Cain and Perry, the table included Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.

Fox News politics blog: Skipping the "Thanksgiving Family Forum" in Des Moines, Iowa was not a well-played political move on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's part, according to the head of the Family Research Council. The forum took place at the First Federated Church and focused on faith and how it affects the candidates. The event was aimed at social conservative caucus goers in the early voting state.

National Review's The Corner blog: Michele Bachmann talked about her work to pass an amendment making marriage between a man and woman only in Minnesota, an effort that made her “enemy number one,” she said. “We had to get our children out of the home because all of the death threats,” Bachmann recalled, noting that she had continued to work with Minnesota state legislators on the matter after she had been elected to Congress. The amendment will be on the state ballot in 2012.