Tucker Carlson, the former host of a highly-rated news show on Fox, is set to moderate the inaugural GOP Presidential Candidate Forum for the 2024 election cycle, marking a significant development. The event, organized by The FAMiLY Leader and reported by The Daily Wire, will take place this Friday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
However, one notable absence from this noteworthy gathering will be former President Donald J. Trump. While an array of candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, will be participating, Trump will not be present.
The lineup of candidates aims to present a diverse range of conservative ideas and leadership styles within the Republican Party. Bob Vander Plaats, an evangelical leader and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader, expressed in a tweet: “I learned last night that @realDonaldTrump will NOT attend our Leadership Summit this Friday.”
I learned last night that @realDonaldTrump will NOT attend our Leadership Summit this Friday. Thus, our lineup is set: @votetimscott @AsaHutchinson @Mike_Pence @NikkiHaley @VivekGRamaswamy and @RonDeSantis will have visionary, one on one, discussion with @TuckerCarlson #FLS23…— Bob Vander Plaats (@bobvanderplaats) July 11, 2023
According to Mediaite, a spokesperson for Trump explained that the former president’s absence from the forum was due to a scheduling conflict involving a speech commitment at the Turning Point Action conference.
Tucker Carlson’s forum is anticipated to serve as a crucial platform for Republican presidential candidates to articulate their policy positions and present their vision for the future of America.
Carlson said in a statement: “There’s a lot of conversation about the future of the Republican Party and I think part of that will be working out exactly what populism is.”
Tucker added, “We’re going to go down the list. What about foreign wars, what about the idea that maybe the middle class ought to be at the very center of our economy?”
Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur and first-generation American, expressed appreciation for the event, recognizing it as an opportunity for substantive discussions and the exchange of ideas. He stated, “I’m excited for it. I think it’s a good chance to have a discussion about ideas, to have a substantive discussion.”
According to a HuffPost report, Tucker Carlson’s role as the forum’s host and the noticeable absence of Trump carry notable implications, considering the former president’s previous influence in polls and his past criticisms of Fox News debates.
As the 2024 election cycle gains momentum, this forum serves as a reminder of the wide range of ideas and leadership styles present within the Republican Party. The event not only highlights the importance of Iowa in shaping the national political discourse but also underscores the growing influence of political commentators in this process.