With only weeks before the general elections, both parties are out in force appealing to their core voters. One highly anticipated event is set to take place later this month in Washington, D.C., and feature many prominent conservative leaders.
The fifth annual Values Voter Summit, organized by Family Research Council (FRC) Action, will start on Sept. 17. The three-day conference will include a presidential and vice-presidential straw poll, exhibit hall, book signings as well as new media row sponsored by Media Research Center.
Among the most prominent confirmed speakers scheduled are Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The event’s other sponsors are American Family Association, Heritage Foundation, American Values and Liberty University.
The most anticipated appearance will be that of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who will talk about current political climate and assess the chance for GOP gains in November.
However, the event has come under fire because one of the attendees, Bryan Fischer, who is the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association, has compared Muslims to neo-Nazis.
On Nov. 2, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for re-election.