Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition presidential forum – tonight at 8 ET

Update – 8:10 PM: The potential candidates will actually start speaking closer to 8:15.


Might want to watch it if you can – five potential contenders for the GOP nomination for President will be speaking:

WAUKEE, Iowa — For the first time this year, five potential presidential candidates are sharing a stage in the metro area. It’s an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 Iowa Caucus season.


Who’s Who?

Herman Cain from Georgia. He is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He’s also a Tea Party favorite and one of the few to already form an exploratory committee.

Newt Gingrich is also from Georgia and the former U.S. speaker of the House. He made headlines last week when he announced that he created a fundraising committee in order to explore a run at the White House.

Tim Pawlenty is the former governor of Minnesota. He’s been in Iowa quite a bit and has enlisted the help of several Iowans already, but he has not taken the official step of forming an exploratory committee.

Buddy Roemer is the former governor of Louisiana who just last week announced that he had launched an exploratory committee for a run at the Republican nomination.

Rick Santorum is a former Senator from Pennsylvania and father of seven. He’s starting to spend quite a bit of time in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He said last month that fundraising and the impact on his family would be significant factors in whether or not he would choose to run.

The USA Today has more:

The event at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa, is one of the first multi-candidate forums of the 2012 presidential campaign.


The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, which bills itself as the “largest and most influential group in Iowa politics,” is giving the candidates 10 minutes each to “make a pitch and present their vision.”

It will be broadcast on C-SPAN.  Blogger Duane Lester will also be livestreaming the forum at this link.  He’s also got some pictures from Waukee, including the stage set-up.

Stay tuned …

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