Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press." Credit: State Department.

( This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. 

“URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this unique presidential forum.”

While the 2016 presidential field continues to take shape, the official list of candidates slated to attend the URJ convention remains unannounced. Official presidential contenders on the Republican side include U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), and Marco Rubio (Fla.), as well as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are both expected to run, but have not yet announced their intentions. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) are the officially announced Democratic candidates.

Posted on May 21, 2015 .