Jeff Hunt

Centennial Institute director Jeff Hunt welcomes guests to the 2018 Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

Some Democratic candidates for president say they won't go on Fox News for its lean to the right. The Western Conservative Summit is offering them stage time to talk to Republicans at the two-day gathering in Denver in July.

The summit, organized by the conservative Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, also invited Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Morgan Carroll, chair of the Colorado Democratic Party.

So far, only Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has declined, organizers of the summit said in a press release.

The presidential campaigns for former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet did not immediately respond to Colorado Politics on whether they would attend their hometown event.

The summit, billed as the largest gathering of conservatives outside the Washington, D.C., beltway, typically provides a high-profile stage nationally for Republican candidates. In 2016, after clinching the GOP nomination, Donald Trump was introduced at the summit by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“Religious freedom is a non-partisan issue,” Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute and vice president of public policy for Colorado Christian, said in a statement.

“The Western Conservative Summit is a non-partisan event. We sincerely hope these Democratic leaders will attend and address our attendees regarding the importance of religious freedom and America’s first amendment.”

The Western Conservative Summit July 12-13 at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets are available online to hear the lineup of speakers that so far includes:

  • John Andrews, former Colorado Senate president; former director of the Centennial Institute and founder of the Western Conservative Summit.
  • Brent Bozell, syndicated columnist and founder of Media Research Center, Parents Television Council and CNSNews.com.
  • Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks.
  • U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor.
  • Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family.
  • Larry Elder, attorney, author and radio program host.
  • Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder.
  • Thomas Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
  • Bob Fu, American pastor and founder of China Aid.
  • Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy.
  • Legal scholar Robert George. 
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
  • David Horowitz, author of "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America."
  • Tim Huelskamp, president of The Heartland Institute.
  • Charlie Hurt, opinion editor of The Washington Times.
  • Kevin Jackson, radio host and producer of documentary "Bleeding Blue."
  • Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, internist and nuclear cardiologist, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
  • Abby Johnson, pro-life advocate and former clinic director for Planned Parenthood.
  • Benny Johnson, political columnist and chief creative officer for Turning Point USA.
  • Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA.
  • U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.
  • Nadine Maenza, member of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
  • Daniel Mark, assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.
  • Former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen, R-Ohio.
  • Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Johnnie Moore, founder of The KAIROS Co. and adviser to multiple presidential candidates.
  • Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries.
  • Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.
  • Antonia Okafor, founder and CEO of EmPOWERed.
  • Candace Owens, founder, of Blexit.
  • Kelly Shackelford, president andCEO of the First Liberty Institute.
  • Ken Starr, former independent counsel during the Clinton administration; former U.S. circuit judge, U.S. solicitor general and former president of Baylor University.
  • Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

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