Potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates to speak at Family Leader forum Friday in Des Moines

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A handful of potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates will speak at the Family Leadership summit Friday, an event that draws a crowd of Christian conservative Iowans.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former Vice President Mike Pence will attend, as will Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Pompeo attended a series of events across the state in March, and he headlined the same Family Leader event in 2020. Pence visited Iowa regularly during his tenure as vice president, stumping on behalf of former President Donald Trump.

Although Noem has also crossed the border into Iowa to speak at a local party dinner last fall, she's said earlier this year she is not interested in running for president in 2024.

Although Democrats have indicated they're interested in putting an end to caucuses and stripping Iowa of its place at the front of the presidential nominating calendar, Republicans have not. State party leaders have said they intend to carry on as usual, hosting the nation's first-in-the-nation caucus.

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The event is hosted by the Family Leader, a Christian conservative organization that describes its mission as "inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, church and government." The group is deeply involved in Republican politics across the state and routinely provides a platform for current and future candidates.

"From pastors, authors and entertainers to thought leaders and elected officials, the Summit's star-studded lineups through the years are a recognition of the prominence Iowa plays in the national discussion and the unique stage the Summit provides to explore how faith impacts every sphere of life," Family Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats previously said in a statement.

However, the group has drawn the ire of Democrats, who criticize, among other things, its approach to the LGBTQ community. In 2019, no Democratic presidential candidate accepted the group's invitation to speak at its summit.

“The former Vice President and Gov. Reynolds should be ashamed to be speaking at this event hosted by an anti-LGBT hate group,” Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa, said in a statement. “The Family Leader’s hateful positions do not represent Iowa values, and we deserve better from our elected leaders."

Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at bpfann@dmreg.com or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates to speak in Iowa

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