DES MOINES, IOWA – They’ve traded fire from behind podiums on the Republican presidential debate stage.
But White House rivals Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy sat down together on Friday around the same table for a very different discussion in front of a large crowd of social conservative voters in Iowa, the state whose caucuses kick off the 2024 GOP presidential nominating calendar.
All three candidates shared personal and at times emotional stories at a presidential Thanksgiving forum hosted by The Family Leader, a politically active and influential social conservative group in a state where evangelical voters play an outsized role in Republican politics.
And each of the candidates spotlighted the difficulties they endured in having children as they showcased their opposition to legalized abortion.
“I actually haven’t shared this story before,” Ramaswamy said as he described his wife Apoorva’s first pregnancy.
“About three and a half months in… one day she woke up, she was bleeding.