(WAUKEE, Iowa) -- Hawkeye State political watchers are billing it as the first "cattle call" of the 2012 campaign season.
Monday night, just outside Des Moines, Iowa, five potential GOP candidates will gather for a presidential forum organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. They include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- who last week announced he was entering the exploratory phase of his campaign -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and two other candidates who have launched exploratory committees: former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
Faith and Freedom Coalition President Steve Scheffler describes the event as "the largest gathering of pro-family, values minded voters in the spring of 2011."
In a letter to the candidates, Scheffler said the gathering "is not a debate and there will be no Question and Answer time, but it will give presidential candidates ten minutes to make a pitch and present their vision as the voters of Iowa begin the process of making their decisions for the first in the nation caucuses."
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