Follow Daily coverage of Friday’s GOP presidential forum

Bob Vander Platts, president and CEO of the Family Leader served as MC at the Family Leadership Summit in Stephens Auditorium on Saturday, July 18.

Alex Hanson

Seven Republican candidates for president will gather in Des Moines on Friday night for The FAMiLY LEADER’s 2015 Presidential Family Forum.

You can follow Iowa State Daily coverage of the event across several platforms as candidates speak to the socially conservative group at the event.

Speakers will gather at a table on stage where Frank Luntz, a political consultant and pollster who often appears on the FOX News Channel, will moderate. Iowans in attendance will weigh in during the discussion with questions.

The group hosted a similar forum in 2011, with 3,000 attendees turning out at the event.

Bob Vander Plaats, president of the FAMiLY LEADER, is a well-known, socially conservative activist in the state, and candidates at the event are vying for an endorsement that carries weight with evangelical voters leading up to February’s Iowa Caucus.

Details about the event and how to follow coverage are below.

WHAT: FAMiLY LEADER Presidential Family Forum

WHO: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum

WHEN: Friday — Doors open at 5 p.m., and the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 5th Ave., Des Moines

TICKETS: Those wishing to attend can buy tickets at the organization’s website.

LIVE COVERAGE: Follow Iowa State Daily editors Alex Hanson (@thealexhanson) and Michaela Ramm (@michaela_ramm) on Twitter for updates throughout the event. Photo editor Katy Klopfenstein (@KatyKlopper) will update with photos from the event.

Analysis of the event will follow at