Republican candidates will gather in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
Monday evening to discuss an issue for which their
party has been under scrutiny in light of recent
scandals: so-called values. The six participating
candidates for the Values Voter debate had combined
support from only 4% of Florida Republicans, according to
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney
will not participate in the event. Giuliani will be in Fort
Lauderdale Monday afternoon but will skip the debate.
His camp announced that he will appear only at
candidate forums that are organized by major
television networks. Thompson also said he was limiting the
number of debates he appears in because he
didn't want to stand onstage like "a
trained seal" with a line of other candidates.
governor Mike Huckabee, Texas representative Ron Paul,
Kansas senator Sam Brownback, Illinois politician and
businessman John Cox, Colorado representative Tom
Tancredo, and California representative Duncan Hunter
have signed on to the event.
activist Phyllis Schlafly will pitch questions on same-sex
marriage, abortion, and judicial nominees, according to TheWashington Post.
A coalition of
groups coordinated the event, including Schlafly's
Eagle Forum, the American Family Association, the Free
Congress Foundation, and Faith 2 Action.
the candidates who choose not to attend will regret the
decision to snub us because they will not win without the
values voting bloc," Janet Folger of Faith 2
Action said in the Palm Beach Post. (The