2020 Democrats Talk Faith, Conservative Christian Leaders Respond

Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats is inviting seven presidential candidates for a "dialogue," days after Franklin Graham criticized Pete Buttigieg for being gay.

As Democratic presidential hopefuls work to position themselves as the candidate to unify the country and win over supporters of President Trump, an influential Iowa evangelical leader is inviting them to a forum on religion and politics traditionally reserved for Republicans ahead of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, said he's sending invitations Friday to the top seven Democratic primary candidates in current polls.

"A lot of them are using faith as kind of a focal point, as a centerpiece," Vander Plaats said. "So we'd like to find out what makes them tick."

The invitees to the Family Leadership Summit, scheduled for July 12 near Des Moines, include California Sen. Kamala Harris; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg;

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