January 21, 2011

Presidential Forum Also Announced

Pleasant Hill, IA - The FAMiLY LEADER announced today at a press conference that it will host a Presidential Lecture Series featuring prominent national political figures.

Each month, beginning February 7 through August 1, a nationally-known figure will fly to three Iowa campus locations in a single day. Each national figure will be exposed to a roundtable of community leaders followed by a short lecture open to the public. The lectures will be delivered at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Pella Christian High School in Pella, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

The series line-up begins with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on Monday, February 7. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and businessman and radio host Herman Cain have also made commitments to participate. Other invited speakers include former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, South Dakota Senator John Thune, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, and Indiana Representative Mike Pence.

“Iowans play a vital role in hosting the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus, and it is our privilege to offer this Presidential Lecture Series in order to provide our very influential base an opportunity to gain insight into our political process,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. “Our base is serious about its role in the political process and the Presidential Lecture Series is a focused strategy to facilitate meaningful exposure to our constituents.”

The primary purpose of the Presidential Lecture Series is to provide these national figures with a pre-planned, full day in Iowa to introduce them to the Grassroots and to allow citizens an opportunity to become better informed on policy-making . The lectures will be videotaped, emailed to our comprehensive database and posted on The FAMiLY LEADER website to allow all interested citizens the opportunity to hear or read the lectures.

The Presidential Lecture Series will culminate with a Presidential Forum/Debate on Saturday, November 19 at a location to be determined in central Iowa. The FAMiLY LEADER anticipates a crowd of more than a thousand potential caucus-goers. This important forum will be a strategic event in determining the ultimate Iowa caucus winner in February of 2012.

Contact: Julie Summa
February 7 - Governor Tim Pawlenty

March 7 - Congressman Ron Paul (Sioux Center canceled due to weather; Pella and Iowa City)

April 11 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (Pella and Iowa City) and Congressman Ron Paul (Sioux Center)

May 2 - Senator Rick Santorum

June 6 - Herman Cain

July 11 - Speaker Newt Gingrich (Pella and Iowa City)