TFL invites top Democrats to civil discussion at the Summit

TFL invites top Democrats to civil discussion at the Summit


As Iowa’s caucus season approaches, The FAMiLY LEADER has extended invitations to the leading national candidates seeking the Democrat nomination for president to The Family Leadership Summit on Friday, July 12, 2019.

A similar invitation was extended to Republican candidates in 2015, and it resulted in one of the most interesting, engaging, and best-attended summits to date. The candidates each sat down to an interview on stage, and America was given a deeper look into the hearts of those seeking to lead our nation.

Now, TFL is offering the 2020 Democrat candidates a similar format and opportunity.

“Several of these national leaders have expressed a desire to see a more united America and are seeking to represent the American people,” says Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. “But that will be hard to do in today’s divided political climate. So The FAMiLY LEADER is offering an opportunity to restore civility to the national dialogue. Our goal is to discuss faith and the role it plays in presidential leadership, regardless of political affiliation.

“The invitation is consistent with the annual Family Leadership Summit’s tagline since its inception, ‘Principle over Politics,'” Vander Plaats explains.

Read Bob’s column in the Des Moines Register, encouraging Democrats to reconsider refusing the invitation!

The invited individuals include former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Invitees were selected as those polling above 3 percent in the Real Clear Politics average on April 22, 2019.

The Family Leadership Summit traditionally extends invitations to national leaders from the Church, culture, and government to speak to Iowa’s faith voters. In the past, those invitations have included prominent figures from both political parties.

Confirmed speakers for the Summit will be announced as the date nears.

The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate people of faith regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide the opportunity to engage with national leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

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Watch video recaps of previous Family Leadership Summits here.

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