Photo edit of Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Blaze Media, previously known as Glenn Beck TV, owned by the renowned radio personality and former Fox News host Glenn Beck, has made an exciting announcement. Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News personality, is slated to moderate the very first Republican presidential primary forum for the upcoming 2024 race. This forum is a joint effort in collaboration with THE FAMiLY LEADER and will take place at the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 14.

The Blaze (@TheBlaze) shared this news on their official Twitter account on Monday, marking the occasion with great enthusiasm, saying:

“Blaze Media is teaming up with THE FAMiLY LEADER to bring you the first presidential forum of the 2024 Republican Primary season, hosted by Tucker Carlson. We’ll be live streaming this event all day Friday, July 14th on BlazeTV and the BlazeTV YouTube channel.”

The forthcoming event will present a platform for five Republican candidates to interact with potential voters and tackle critical issues. Those participating include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Mike Pence. However, the gathering is marked by the conspicuous absence of former President Donald Trump, who is widely recognized as the current frontrunner for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination.

Despite holding a commanding lead of 53% in the GOP primary polls, Trump has hinted at the possibility of avoiding participation in debates. He attributes this reluctance to his strong position in the polls, presumably to avoid potential conflicts with debate moderators and networks. His nearest competitor, Ron DeSantis, lags behind by a significant margin of 32 percentage points in the polls. However, Trump has not explicitly declared his intention to skip the forum, leaving the door open for his potential attendance. It appears that he may be intentionally creating suspense around whether the former President will ultimately participate in the forum. It’s worth noting that Trump and Carlson share a strong relationship, with Carlson expressing “loves Trump,” and saying he may be the most important American political figure of this century during a recent interview with Russell Brand.

In contrast to Trump’s stance, DeSantis has emphasized the value of debates in the primary election process and affirmed his intention to participate in the official Republican National Committee (RNC) debate, irrespective of Trump’s decision. The official RNC debate is slated for August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

To expand accessibility, the forum in Iowa will be live-streamed on BlazeTV and the BlazeTV YouTube channel. This allows a broader audience to gain insight into the positions and plans of the prospective candidates ahead of the official RNC debate.

With Tucker Carlson as the host, the Iowa forum promises to provide an early opportunity for the Republican hopefuls to articulate their visions and connect with potential supporters. As the 2024 presidential election looms, events such as these will shape the GOP primary landscape and the competition for the party’s nomination.

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